The Unlocking Potential project is being delivered by ACE Training, Aspire, BYHP, OUCT, SOFEA, Synolos, Trax and Yellow Submarine. All eight are experienced community partners across Oxfordshire with a strong track record of reaching, engaging and empowering young people NEET towards, into and during employment, training and education. They offer a schedule of fun group/social activities provided in locations across the county, including: sports (such as football, coaching and ‘soccercise’ sessions run by Oxford United Community Trust, and quad biking and off-road motorbiking by TRAX); industry taster days (such as construction days by ACE Training and café taster sessions at Yellow Submarine); film, digital media and video & photography sessions (at Synolos and Aspire); and a mobile outreach service including to rural areas (provided for example by SOFEA, BYHP and Yellow Submarine), to engage potential eligible young people Not in Education, Employment or Training. Oxford City Council is the Lead Organisation and brings its compliance and governance expertise to support and enable the project partnership
The opportunities offered by this partnership enable young people to quickly develop self-confidence, self-esteem, work readiness and employability. They provide support into meaningful employment, education and training opportunities with a diverse range of local employers and training providers, with ongoing in-work support. This project will provide a comprehensive, intensive and integrated package of fun engagement activities, real work experience, accredited entry-level training, employability development, one-to-one holistic support and work readiness opportunities to 220 young people aged 17-21 NEET for 6 months or more in the county.
Unlocking Potential is part of the Building Better Opportunities scheme funded by the Big Lottery and European Social Fund.