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Youth Employment Initiative, OnTrack Thurrock

OnTrack Thurrock, run by Thurrock Council and partners, is all about helping young people in Thurrock to get a good start in life. Through individually tailored programmes of support young people aged from 16- 29 can have access to mentoring and guidance, training courses and careers advice to get them on the right track, not only to fulfill their potential but also to help bring greater prosperity to the area.

OnTrack Thurrock is part of the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) which was created in February 2013 by the European Council. This is an initiative which aims to reinforce resources to tackle youth unemployment in areas of the European Union with the highest rates. Thurrock had youth unemployment rates above 25% in 2012 and is one of the eleven areas in England eligible for this funding.

ESF Projects

ESF focuses on improving employment opportunities, promoting social inclusion and investing in skills by providing the help people need to fulfil their potential.

So far over £50 million has been invested in a range of programmes and projects to help people in the South East LEP area onto the escalator of opportunity and improve their lives.

We are also working with partners from across the area to prioritize future areas for investment for the remaining £20+ million pounds. These tenders will be advertised in the www.gov.uk website in the first half of 2018 and you can find the latest information here on the SELEP homepage.

Escalator of Opportunity

The ‘Escalator of Opportunity’ describes SELEP’s European Social Fund investment in skills and social inclusion projects. A participant can move along the escalator all the way from long term unemployment to in work training into higher level skills.

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