CXK celebrates success of Back on Track mentoring programme, helping young people overcome barriers to education and employment

CXK is celebrating the impact of one of its mentoring programmes, Back on Track, which came to an end last month, having been launched in October 2022.

Back on Track was a 12-week mentoring programme, delivered in the Swale and Gravesham areas to engage young people with multiple needs, and often significant barriers to education, employment or training. Available to 16-19-year olds who were currently not in education, employment or training (NEET), Back on Track supported participants to build the skills and confidence they needed to move forwards positively.  The programme was funded by Kent County Council’s Reconnect Fund.

67% achieved a positive outcome

22 young adults were supported through the project. 67% of those who completed the programme moved into a positive outcome, such as education, employment or training. Through the programme, young people attended weekly workshops, with more than 20 sessions on offer including goal setting, managing stress and resilience, and developing a growth mindset.

Participants also benefitted from training opportunities covering a range of skills including first-aid training, money management, drug awareness, and digital skills.

George, 17 and from Dartford, took part in Back on Track from January-March 2023. “Before the programme I was doing nothing – due to anxiety. Then COVID hit and it knocked my confidence.

“I found working in groups and working with new people the most helpful. It helped improve my communication and team work. The programme helped me with getting a routine, talking to new people and getting out of my comfort zone. I now have future plans, and I’m going to be starting Sports Connect in September.”

“I’ve become happier, more confident and less anxious”

Caitlin, 17 and from Northfleet, joined Back on Track after leaving college. “Since attending the programme I’ve become happier, more confident and less anxious. I feel a lot better about leaving the house and going out more. Before starting the programme I struggled with taking buses – however, now I can confidently use them.

“My future goal is to work in Health and Social Care. In the meantime I’m completing a Health and Social Care course. I’ve also signed up to volunteer at my local A&E.”

CXK provides a range of services and programmes to support unemployed young people and adults to move in work, education or training. Find out more on our Services page.

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