Vi-ability teams up with Dame Kelly Holmes Trust to launch new ‘Getting Back on Track’ programme

We are delighted to announce the launch of our brand-new initiative – ‘Getting Back on Track’ – which will help young people who have recently dropped out of college to get back into education or enter into employment.

The three-year programme is the result of an exciting partnership with Vi-Ability, the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust (DKHT) and a number of further education colleges* in London.

‘Getting Back on Track’ sees some of the best elements of our award-winning ‘Run the Club’ programme being combined with DKHT’s ‘Get on Track’ programme and importantly, has been granted funding by the Greater London Authority and European Social Fund.

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How does the programme work?

The ‘Getting Back on Track’ scheme consists of a number of ten-week long courses. The courses have been designed to first help young people build up key attitudes which are crucial to workplace success (for example motivation and confidence), before being introduced to employers who will give the young people an insight into the world of work, and an understanding of opportunities available to them.

How can you help?

We would love to hear from any local and regional employers in or near Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lewisham and Southwark to get involved with ‘Getting Back on Track’.

We are looking for employers who can offer work experience placements, or identify entry-level roles which might be on offer to the young people when they have finished their work placement.

As part of this, an employer would be asked to:

  • Attend a ‘meet the employer/employee’ networking session
  • Provide two work experience placements per year**
  • Arrange for brief weekly feedback to be given to participants and their mentors
  • Provide opportunities for apprenticeships or employment at the end of the programme

Any employers who are involved in the ‘Getting Back on Track’ programme would be given support to set up their work placement.

What’s in it for employers?

Being an employer on the ‘Getting Back on Track’ programme is highly rewarding – not only do employers who take part in the scheme actively support the local community, but importantly, they are also investing in the development of young people today and helping to support their future employment.

All employers involved with ‘Getting Back on Track’ will be invited to the end-of-programme events which will celebrate the success of the young people and the employers’ partnership with Vi-Ability and the DKHT.

Find out more

To find out more information about what it entails to be an employer on the ‘Getting Back on Track’ programme, please contact Elly Virgo, Senior Area Development Manager – South) on ellyv@damekellyholmestrust.org / mobile: 07450 538916

Are you a young person who wants to enroll on a ‘Getting Back on Track’ course?

If you’re a young person who has recently come out of college education and you think you would benefit from ‘Getting Back on Track’, please email courses@vi-ability.org, or call 01492 583555.

*Further education colleges include: London South East Colleges, Lewisham Southwark College and Shooters Hill
**Work experience placements need to be within travelling distance of Greenwich, Bexley,