Morgan Hunt teams up with
Morgan Hunt teams up with Dame Kelly Holmes' Charity to get disadvantaged young people into work
International recruiter, Morgan Hunt, today announced a two year partnership with the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust, aimed at supporting young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs) to find gainful employment.
The firm, current holders of the recruitment industry's Best Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy award, will be sponsoring the Trust's "Get On Track" programme, which will provide stepping stones for vulnerable young people into volunteering, work placements and employment opportunities, while benefitting from the mentoring support of elite sports performers who, having experienced the highs and lows of world class competition, know what it is like to face adversity and overcome the odds to succeed.
Morgan Hunt is hoping to work with the Trust to deliver up to six Get On Track programmes around the country over the next two years, providing funding and access to employment opportunities with its extensive network of clients.
Double Olympic Champion Dame Kelly, who is Chair of the charity said: "I set the Trust up because I have seen first hand the difference role models and mentors can make to the development of young people. I believe passionately that everyone has a talent, they just have to find it! Elite sports performers can provide great inspiration for young people, helping them to find and believe in their own talents, which is what we do through our 'Get on Track' programme. Not only is it fantastic to have the financial backing of Morgan Hunt on this, but their national network of organisations and companies that might be able to offer employment opportunities to our young people will help us make a real difference."
Gavin Megnauth, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Morgan Hunt, said: "Everyone is well aware that it's a tough economic time right now. Even graduates are finding it difficult to enter employment - for disadvantaged young people with little or no training, the challenge is even more stark. We believe the industry has a responsibility to help, and are making even more of a commitment to CSR this year because of the recessionary times we find ourselves in.
"We work with more than one thousand organisations across the UK and are one of the leading public sector recruiters in the UK. We'll be looking to harness our relationships with these employers to help the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust make a real, meaningful difference to young people's lives and careers."
Morgan Hunt has also committed 400 employee volunteer days to charity for 2010, an increase of 100% from last year. Nationwide, its staff are encouraged to choose a charity that they would like to spend voluntary time supporting. This initiative has seen employees work with a number of national causes including the Outward Bound Trust, Refugee Council, Midland Heart and Street League, with work ranging from organising football matches for the disadvantaged and providing CV writing courses to helping refugees into employment or improving nature reserves.
For the last ten years, the firm has also worked with the St Andrews Clinic in Africa, which provides basic primary health care for children and mothers.