Helping young people get their life “OnTrack”
MORE than 1,000 young people have received help achieving their career goals thanks to Thurrock Council’s Inspire team’s free “OnTrack” youth employment scheme.
OnTrack provides a complete, tailor-made careers support service for young people in Thurrock aged 16 to 29 who are unemployed and not in education or training.
Part-funded by the European Social Fund and supported under the Youth Employment Initiative, OnTrack has helped over 1,000 young Thurrock residents so far and provides invaluable, entirely free, assistance including:
• Personalised careers support: providing the skills, opportunities and assistance young people want and need to meet their goals
• Funding towards their career goals: OnTrack can pay for many career-related expenses, like qualifications, driving/forklift licences, work/interview clothes, and so on
• Access to great opportunities: jobs, apprenticeships, training, qualifications, etc.
• Complementary lifestyle support: help with applying for housing, benefits, etc.
Cllr James Halden, Portfolio Holder for Education and Health, said: “I am very proud of the work being carried out by the OnTrack team at the Inspire Youth Hub, but I am more excited about the skills, talents and ambitions of Thurrock’s young people that they are helping to bring into the region’s industries.
“This programme is more tailored than any other programme experienced to date and it’s extremely rewarding to watch our local young people’s confidence and abilities grow, so they can be part of Thurrock’s regeneration.
“OnTrack and the rest of the Inspire team also take very seriously their role in trying to protect Thurrock’s young and vulnerable residents and will continue to work closely with the police to keep Thurrock’s young people safe from the clutches of gangs and other malign influences.”