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On Track (Youth Contract)

Groundwork's  'On Track' progamme helped young people aged 16 - 17 get back on the road to success. The scheme ended in March 2016 having supported over 7527 NEET young people over the duration of four years.


The programme 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.

The programme supported:
16 or 17 year-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:

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.


It showed me I can do things on my own and that there's plenty of things out there to be doing. - On-Track partipant. 


On-Track was part of the government's Youth Contract alongside delivery partners. Find out more.

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