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On Track (Youth Contract)

Note: This programme is now closed


Support for 16 and 17 year-olds to help them to get On-Track

"It showed me I can do things on my own and that there's plenty of things out there to be doing"

Sometimes people need a bit of help to get on in life. School may not have been a huge success but that doesn’t mean young people should miss out on the chance of going to college, starting an apprenticeship or finding a job.

Our On Track progamme helped young people across the East Midlands, Greater Manachester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lanchashire and Cumbria get back on the road to success.


What we provided:

  • long-term support and advice from a mentor
  • access to courses, activities and facilities to build confidence and skills
  • help with finding college courses, apprenticeships or work
  • backup for six months to make sure participants have chosen the right path.

Who it supported:
16 or 17 years olds not in school, training or work and have one or less GCSE at A*-C, or are or were in care or are young offenders released from custody.

Groundwork's On Track programme operated in the East Midlands region, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside (excluding Liverpool), Lancashire or Cumbria.

The results were:

The scheme ended in March 2016 having supported over 7527 NEET young people over the duration over four years.

Young people have told us that it was the relationships they formed with their mentors that made the difference.  93% of young people said that relationship was good or very good and 75% of those who experienced positive changes felt that those changes were ‘completely’ or ‘mostly’ as a result of the support they received.


On-Track was part of the government's Youth Contract. 

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