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Building Better Opportunities: 'Progress'

Groundwork is working across Coventry and Warwickshire to deliver 'Progress', a tailored programme of coaching and support to help NEET young people access training and employment opportunities.  

Progress is targetted at those who are the furthest away from getting work, training or back into education. The programme provides up to 12 months of personalised, one-to-one support to young people who are most in need of a helping hand to get them on the path to a successful future. 

Progress is a part of 'Building Better Opportunities' - a programme funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund to tackle poverty and social exclusion faced by the most disadvantaged people in England. 

What support is on offer?

Progress offers an intensive, personalised programme of coaching, support and training, delivered by a partnership of leading youth charities and local delivery partners with a specialism in engaging young people.

Young people will work with a dedicated Progress Coach – an experienced youth work professional – who will encourage them to set positive goals, inspire a positive work attitude and help them navigate their own personal plan towards employment.

Through tailored, one-to-one support, the programme aims to increase the confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing of those enrolled, boosting social and personal skills as well as employability.

Who is eligible?

Progress is open to any young person who lives in Coventry or Warwickshire and meets the following criteria:

  • Aged 15-19 (or up to 24 for those in or leaving care)
  • Is not in education, employment or training (NEET) 
  • Has the right to live and work in the UK

The Progress Partnership

Groundwork UK is leading an exciting and diverse partnership of local delivery partners – with support from local councils – which aims to transform the prospects of those young people in Coventry and Warwickshire who most need support.

The full list of delivery partners are: Citizens Advice, Coventry City Council, Groundwork West Midlands, Heart of England Mencap, Hereward CollegeMotorvate UK, Positive Youth Foundation, Target Support for Young People (Warwickshire County Council), Team SpringBoardThe Learn2 GroupValley HouseValues Education For Life, Voluntary Action Coventry and Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs.

You can find out more about the Progress Partnership in our digital directory:

To find out more  about Progress:

Call: 0121 237 5882


Follow the action on Twitter: #BBOProgress

To make a referral:

Download the referral form here.

You can also download Progress marketing materials below:



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Specialist Partner Roles

We are seeking two or more partners to provide specialist support and activities to the Progress Partnership.

The roles are 'Enrichment and Volunteering' and 'Mental Health Support'. 

To find out more, please click here.