Building Better Opportunities

The Building Better Opportunities programme is funded by Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF).

On Track is one of four projects in the New Anglia LEP area that has secured funding from the Building Better Opportunities programme. It provides support for 16-24 year olds who are furthest from the labour market with complex and entrenched barriers to employment which prevent them from gaining skills, qualifications and ultimately employment. These barriers include moderate/severe special educational need or disability; mental health issues; substance misuse; and anti-social behaviour or criminal activities.

On Track focuses on maximising the opportunities for 531 project eligible 16 to 24 year olds to access the skills, qualifications but more importantly the inner belief and self-confidence needed to secure and sustain employment.

Find out more about On Track here

The achievements planned are:

  • Young people with multiple, complex needs will gain a combination of life management techniques, relevant, desirable qualifications and work-ready skills that lead them into work-focused education and training or employment seeking, or being employed.
  • Young people characterised as economically inactive at the start of their project journey will have the confidence, increased aspirations and drive needed to seek and secure work post-completion, plus new skills, qualifications and capabilities making them attractive to employers or able to set up their own business enterprises.
  • Employability options for currently unemployed and economically inactive young people will be enhanced as employers are supported and learn how best to accommodate the specific issues young people are having to cope with.

The targeted service provision, innovative support and community in-reach will aim to break the cycle of intergenerational unemployment currently experienced by some young people.

The project brings together seven organisations in a unique partnership delivering end-to-end coaching, vocational training, education, work placement and support services for young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) or at risk of being so:

The Matthew Project (lead)
ACE GYROS NANSA The Prince's Trust YMCA Norfolk

On Track includes:

Coaching - providing one to one support to participants through the programme. Coaches will help the participant to set goals relating to education, training and employment and work with them by introducing strategies and techniques.

Go Programme - a package of interventions tailored to personal needs with a systematic focus on getting participants training, education and work ready. Delivered by ACE, the Go Programme activity takes place within four work streams and includes short courses to develop work-ready skills and improve maths, English and ICT skills; the opportunity to find out about different jobs; accredited qualifications and specialist support.

Move On Workers - helping participants transition to access an opportunity appropriate for them. Move On Workers will be lining up the opportunities for participants as well as advocating on behalf of participants and offering support and advice to employers, educators and trainers.

Volunteers - recruited from employers, trainers, education and the community, volunteers will mentor participants as they transition from coaching towards and in to education, training and employment, ensuring that they continue to receive appropriate support. Participants can also have the chance to be involved in the delivery and evaluation of the project.

The project has received up to £1,660,900 of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit

Find out more:
Telephone: 01603 723845
Twitter: @ontracknorfolk