Where are they now? Met-Track 10 years on - Jason Hussain
The first of a series of case studies that reflect on the impact Met-Track has had on the many thousands of individuals it has engaged with over its 10-year history, begins with the man who was recruited to help run the scheme back in 2007.
Jason Hussain was anything but an 'errant youth' engaged in anti-social behaviour or offending. He was training as an athlete, but lurching from one part-time job to another with no real career plan in place, and a CV that badly needed developing. He and the many coaches who have worked with the scheme represent the flip-side of the project's impact - providing a vehicle toward a positive and successful future for them too.
Jason tells us: "Met-Track gave me a huge platform to progress my career through the many key skills I learnt through being the Project Manager of one of London’s most successful youth projects to date.
"In my four years or so in the post, I took the project from being active in 2 London Boroughs through to over 23, with the project touching the lives of thousands. Such was the progress of Met-Track, I was taken on in a part-time role working for the Metropolitan Police Service - something I dared not dream about when I was stacking shelves at Sainsbury's and Toys R Us!
"Met-Track gave me a fantastic opportunity to grow as a person, I became so much more confident through my years managing the project, having to talk to senior partners both internally within the Metropolitan Police as well as externally with Councils, pupil referral units, youth offending teams, football community projects and the Prison Service (HMPS). One of my biggest achievements while at Met-Track was creating and managing the partnership between Met-Track and HMPS. This ended up being a key add-on to the original Met-Track model and started to separate us from a standard youth project to something that was seen to be making a real impact on young Londoners.
"Since moving on from Met-Track in 2011 I took a year out to train full time leading up to the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, and then went on into a sales role as an Account Manager for one of the leading agency’s in the magazine industry. In July 2013 I secured a role with FTSE 250 global recruitment agency Michael Page as a Recruitment Consultant. I've had much success in recent years and I owe huge thanks to Met-Track for developing skills that have ultimately landed me in permanent employment, with a CV I could barely have dreamed about a few years ago."
Jason Hussain - Met-Track provided the vehicle by which he developed skills that found him a full-time career and a positive future.