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Back on Track

Activate Learning is working with partner organisations to deliver a free project to help transform the lives of youngsters at risk of becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) or who have recently become NEET.


This Building Better Opportunities project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund. It will run until June 2022, focusing on helping young people aged 15–17 across Oxfordshire access the support they need to continue gaining skills and knowledge for their future careers.

The support on offer

Back on Track will focus on supporting participants develop their self-confidence and motivation to stay in education. It will also result in young people being more work ready and able to make more informed decisions about their future.

Support will be tailored to meet individual needs, but could include:

  • one-to-one mentoring and guidance across the county, providing in school and outreach information, advice and guidance for young people, parents and schools
  • access to volunteering and work experience placements through our partners
  • a programme of summer activities, including vocational skills tasters and short qualification courses such as event stewarding or food hygiene courses.
  • peer mentoring and outdoors events, including team building days for schools.
  • short courses for young people to aid next steps, including work experience, volunteering opportunities and career pathway planning including CV completion.
  • garden Project – Our New Routes garden is based in Banbury. It is a safe space for young people to explore their options to re-engage in education, employment or training. All our young people receive support from dedicated mentors, who aim to help them realise their achievable goals in a fun and practical environment.

Since the Spring of 2017, we have registered 340 young people through this project. To date, over 100 were supported to return or remain in education, progress to new training or gain employment.

Though the impact of COVID-19 had been severe during the Spring and Summer of 2020, we were able to react and adapt our delivery model to remote contact with our participants. We never lost touch with those who required our help the most and were able to sign up new referrals too.

Project Partners

Activate Learning is working with Oxfordshire County Council Education Employment and Training (EET) Service.

Our project partners include:

  • Banbury Young Homelessness Project (BYHP)
  • South Oxfordshire Food and Education Academy (SOFEA)
  • TRAX

Further updates will be added to this page and on our news section.

You can contact us using our email address or call us on 0800 612 8085.