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Morgan Hunt helps young people get on track with work experience

Morgan Hunt helps young people & lsquo;get on track’ with work experience

Following a Dragons’ Den style challenge to support the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust’s Birmingham & lsquo;Get on Track’ programme Morgan Hunt, the award-winning recruitment agency, organised for the winner - twenty-two year old Jamie Brooks from Stirchley, Birmingham - to spend time at Morgan Hunt’s Birmingham office to gain work experience.

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.

Jamie won the Dragons’ Den challenge in Birmingham by showing real passion and ambition to succeed and achieve his career goal of becoming a personal trainer. Jamie had overcome his troubled past and the obstacles affecting his education as a child and in his teens, brought on by his autism, to gain qualifications later in life. He struggled to find employment however and enrolled on the DKH Legacy Trust’s Get on Track programme to help him gain confidence and start working towards fulfilling his career aspirations.

As part of Morgan Hunt’s ongoing support in partnering with the DKH Legacy Trust on the Get on Track programme the work experience was offered to provide valuable experience in a professional, corporate environment that the young people enrolled on the programme may not otherwise have exposure to.

During his work experience Jamie took on an administrative role, assisting with various clerical tasks as well as shadowing recruitment consultants in different teams and helping to build out candidate databases and source CVs for jobs. He also sat in on candidate registrations and spoke to managers to allow him to gain insight into the daily operations of the business and how the teams function.

Jamie said: “I enjoyed the experience but I don’t think this sort of job is for me as I like being very active. Everyone is very friendly and I’m surprised at how busy things are. I expected everyone to be sitting around waiting for things to do but it’s not like that and everyone is always busy”.

Dame Kelly Holmes said: “Jamie’s time at Morgan Hunt provided a fantastic opportunity for him to experience a professional working environment. The experience has helped Jamie build his confidence and develop new skills that will no doubt help enhance his career development and future chances of employment.”

Morgan Hunt will be organising more Dragons’ Den challenges and work experience opportunities over the coming months to continue to support the DKH Legacy Trust’s mission to empower and enable disadvantaged young people to lead more positive lives and improve their employability and career prospects.

James Stevenson, Managing Director, Morgan Hunt, said: “At Morgan Hunt we take our corporate social responsibility very seriously - it is a core part of our vision and culture. Supporting the DKH Legacy Trust’s Get on Track programme allows us to use our position and expertise to help get disadvantaged young people into employment and provide opportunities for them to gain work experience and develop new skills, which is really important for us. Our employees are really passionate about the work we do with the DKH Legacy Trust and are always keen to get involved and, as well as the Dragons’ Den challenges, our staff also provide mentoring and skills workshops for the young people enrolled on the Get on Track programme.”

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