Kathryn Jackson is an Oxfordshire-based coach who owns her own personal development business, following previous roles working in fitness as a personal coach, working her way up the ladder as a recruitment consultant - which ultimately led to her owning her own consultancy - along with leading internal sales teams and for the past 18 years, working specifically within the nuclear industry.
With a passion for coaching and sharing her knowledge, business experience and confidence with others, Kathryn has recently joined the newly-launched OxGROW virtual mentoring platform - set up by OxLEP Skills as part of the Social Contract programme, to support individuals looking to find employment or change career.
The platform aims to offer support in areas such as developing resilience, CV writing and preparing for interviews, with mentors each bringing a different skillset and range of expertise to support mentees - whatever their query or the specific area of support they may be looking for.
Kathryn shared why she decided to join the initiative as a mentor:
The mentoring platform forms part of the Social Contract Programme alongside various other initiatives, including the ‘No Limits’ programme – a scheme to support those furthest from the labour market with access to areas such as skills development support and costs including travel bursaries – with OxLEP Skills working in partnership with charity organisations SOFEA and Aspire to deliver the initiative.
Other schemes forming part of the Social Contract include support unlocking or transferring unused Apprenticeship Levy funds with the support of two expert Apprenticeship Advisors, and the Oxfordshire Apprenticeship Grant Scheme, offering grant support to ensure apprenticeships starts and completions for businesses within the county.
The Social Contract has been funded by the government’s Contain Outbreak Management Fund, with funding secured by OxLEP.
If you’re interested in joining the platform as a mentor, contact [email protected] to find out more.