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Morgan Hunt and the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust extend successful partnership

Morgan Hunt and the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust extend successful partnership

International recruiter, Morgan Hunt, today announced an extension of its 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 Client Service award, sponsored the Trust’s & lsquo;Get On Track’ programme in Southwark. The programme provides stepping stones for vulnerable young people into volunteering, work placements and employment opportunities. Over the course of the past year there have been some real success stories with many of the young people turning their lives around through completing the programme.

One particular success story is Earl King Brown. Before Earl started the & lsquo;Get On Track’ course with the Trust he was convicted of burglary and had been put under home arrest. Following the programme, and after winning a & lsquo;Pitch to the Directors’ challenge at the Morgan Hunt offices, Earl transitioned from being one of the most difficult pupils on the programme to one of its brightest. Earl says of his experience on & lsquo;Get On Track’: “If it wasn’t for this project, I’d be on the streets getting into trouble. Get On Track has given me something positive to do, a chance to meet some amazing people and an opportunity to try new things.” Earl has now started an I.T. course and hopes to go onto university to study the subject in 2013.

Double Olympic Champion Dame Kelly Holmes, who is Chair of the charity, said of the partnership extension: “I set the Trust up because I have seen first-hand the difference athlete role models and mentors can make to the development of young people such as Earl. I believe passionately that everyone has a talent they just have to find it. Elite sports performers who mentor the young people can provide great inspiration, helping them to find and believe in their own talents, which is what we do through our & lsquo;Get on Track’ programme.  Not only is it fantastic to once more 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: “For disadvantaged young people with little or no training the challenge to find work is extremely daunting.  We believe the recruitment 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 recruiters in the UK.  We’ll again 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 as we enter the next phase of our partnership.”

Morgan Hunt has also been supporting St. Andrews Clinics for Children for the last decade, which provides basic primary health care for children and mothers throughout Africa, in addition to committing 400 employee volunteer days to charity for 2011. 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 Action on Hearing Loss, Crisis, 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 and homeless people into employment or improving nature reserves.


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