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Birminghams young people enter the Morgan Hunt Dragons Den

Birmingham’s young people enter the Morgan Hunt & lsquo;Dragons’ Den’ as part of Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust’s & lsquo;Get on Track’ programme

Morgan Hunt, the award-winning recruitment agency, teamed up with the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust, the charity  founded by the Double Olympic champion to improve the lives of young people, to support the charity’s Get on Track’ programme. This involved a & lsquo;Dragons’ Den’ style challenge which took place at Morgan Hunt’s Birmingham office on Monday 10 September, 2012.

Funded by Sport England and delivered in partnership with Sport Structures, Get on Track sees world-class athletes provide mentoring and support to youngsters as they get & lsquo;fit for work’ through committing to a healthy and active lifestyle, which will help inspire them to make positive changes to their lives.

Local young people enrolled on the programme, who attended the event with their athlete mentors Olympic and Commonwealth champion boxer Courtney Fry and Hayleigh Mason, GB Canoe Sprint team, were given the opportunity to present to the panel of Morgan Hunt judges, which  included Simon Brown, Business Development Manager Paul Dorney, Marketing Manager and Ruth Mathias, Marketing Executive. The young people delivered presentations on their career aspirations and their & lsquo;ideal job’ and how they planned to reach their career goals, as well as marketing themselves and their skills as a potential candidate for employment. The prize they were competing for was a work experience placement at Morgan Hunt’s Birmingham office. As part of the event participants were also given tips and advice on CV writing and finding employment by Hannah While, Manager of the Birmingham housing team at Morgan Hunt.

At the end of the & lsquo;Dragons’ Den’ pitching session the young people were given constructive feedback on their performance by the judges and were also given helpful advice on how to get on to the career ladder and work towards reaching their career goals.

The successful candidate who won the prize was twenty two year old Jamie Brooks from Stirchley, Birmingham. Jamie was confident, enthusiastic and passionate about his chosen career and displayed a great deal of dedication and discipline, as well as real drive for success. A testament to the positive influence the Get on Track programme has had on Jamie.

As a child Jamie didn't speak until he was around five years old and it was around this age that he found out he had autism. Growing up in school Jamie lacked confidence, self-esteem and had no social skills, often reacting violently and aggressively towards teachers. These violent outbursts resulted in him being excluded from two mainstream schools and a school for young people with learning disabilities and behavioural problems. Jamie then resorted to home schooling but left school without any qualifications. Since then Jamie enrolled at college and passed his English and Maths GCSEs and gained a 1st Diploma in Sport, but has since been unemployed. When Jamie started the Get on Track programme he was a very quiet, shy young man who lacked confidence, contributing to the group only on small occasions.

Jamie said: “I really enjoyed the day and found it very helpful. It was different to anything I’ve ever done before so it was really good to get that experience. I thought I’d be really nervous but I felt relaxed and comfortable when I was in the room with the judges which was good. I’m a bit nervous about doing the work experience but I’m also really looking forward to it as I know it will be really useful. The whole Get on Track programme has been amazing. It’s improved my confidence so much and given me experience of working in a team which I didn’t have before.”

Jamie will work in an administrative role at the Birmingham office and will have the opportunity to shadow managers and consultants from various teams. He will also have sessions with the business development and marketing teams to gain insight into support functions so that he has exposure to various different disciplines and functions across the business.

Gavin Megnauth, Director of Operations at Morgan Hunt, said: “Morgan Hunt is a major supporter of the DKH Legacy Trust and the charity’s commitment to inspiring and supporting young people. We’re really passionate about Get on Track and are thrilled that we are playing such an important role in the programme. At Morgan Hunt we believe the recruitment industry has a responsibility to help young people secure work placements and employment and that’s why we’re using our position to help them fulfill their potential and start building their careers.”

This Get on Track programme is being delivered as part of Dame Kelly’s drive to support young people in Birmingham through her charity’s work. She is calling on Birmingham’s businesses to get involved and offer support for this initiative.

“My charity needs your support. Whether you can offer a CV workshop, interview practice sessions, work experience or employment, we’d love to work together to help Birmingham’s young people. “Morgan Hunt’s support has made such a difference to Jamie’s life, and his hard work has been rewarded with a fantastic opportunity.

Dame Kelly Holmes.

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