Free under-30s employment scheme a hit in Thurrock

7 December 2017

Almost 600 young people have signed up for Thurrock Council's new £3m OnTrack youth employment initiative – a completely free, tailor-made career support service aimed at unemployed 16 to 29 year-olds in the borough.

OnTrack is the only programme of its kind in Essex and the East of England. It provides free access to:

  • jobs
  • apprenticeships
  • training
  • further education
  • help with CVs, applications and interview preparation

Industries that OnTrack has helped young people to enter into include:

  • construction
  • engineering
  • events
  • food
  • healthcare
  • law
  • retail
  • travel
  • tourism

Cllr James Halden, Thurrock Council's Portfolio Holder for Education and Health, said: "OnTrack is a fantastic, unique and free service which offers practical and financial careers support that’s tailor-made for each individual.

"Dozens of young people are signing up every week and there has been excellent feedback from young people in the scheme who have found the jobs and opportunities they want.

"What truly sets OnTrack apart, however, is that it also offers crucial financial support for career-related expenses, such as funding for training courses and qualifications, assistance with purchasing smart clothes for job interviews, funding for provisional driving licences and forklift licences, and much more.

"There are limited places available on the programme, so if you or someone you know is based in Thurrock, aged 16 to 29 and unemployed, please contact OnTrack soon to avoid missing out."

OnTrack is provided by Thurrock Council in partnership with TCHC, and is funded by Thurrock Council, the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative.

To find out more about OnTrack, go to