Who we are and what we do
OnTarget is a student led group, part of the Enactus Sheffield
programme. OnTarget works to increase employability prospects of
under-represented young people in Sheffield. Improving both mental
well-being and employability prospects is the driving force behind the
project, bringing social sport, positive role models in the form of
mentors and work placements together to do so in a 9 week
What is OnTarget about?
Each student has a personal mentor who provides them with support and advice throughout the
Improving Employability Skills
The students receive workshops on key skills such as writing a CV and being able to appropriately answer
A 4 week placement at a local Sheffield business giving the students the opportunity to experience the
world of work. The placements offer the chance for the students to gain real responsibility as well as a
healthy routine and purpose. If the placement is successful the employers may choose to keep the
Each session is supported with social sport, most often football. This aims to improve skills such as
teamwork, communication and leadership whilst also allowing them to engage in something they enjoy.
At the end of the programme each student is commended for their hard work and the progress in which
they have made at a graduation ceremony that takes place at the University of Sheffield.
Why is OnTarget needed?
42 students are excluded every day in the UK. Those excluded are
9 times more likely to be unemployed
4.5 times more likely to be homeless
More likely to turn to crime
Permanent exclusion rates in Sheffield secondary schools are 65% higher than the national average.
OnTarget tackles these problems using mentoring, sports and work placements to provide a personalised
approach that encourages students to engage in school, improving their employability prospects and
overall mental health.
Why the different components of our programme
Following our 9 week pilot programme in April 2019,
The majority were extremely engaged in the programme
Over 50% scored the programme a 10/10 for usefulness in week 9
All the students rated their enjoyment of the mentoring above 8, with 80% scoring it 10/10
New skills the students felt they had learnt included,
Overall, 100% felt the sessions met their expectations.
This feedback was incredibly pleasing for the OnTarget team and shows the value in our programme. We
hope to capitalise on the students’ responses to develop our programme further and maximise its
Here is an article on how our programme and partnership benefited one specific participant:
FA Imagine Your
Goals Project to
Sport and Recreation
Alliance Game of Life
report on the value of
sport for society
FA Heads up
Campaign on simple
steps to look after
our mental health
Sport England Towards
an Active Nation
Strategy focuses on
how sport changes
A testimonial about OnTarget
Build positive futures by increasing
the benefeciaries’ employability
prospects through the programme
Improve the beneficiaries’ confidence
in their ability to succeed in
something they enjoy
Meet potential future employers and
encourage each young person to
aspire for a prosperous future
Improve the overall behaviour of each
individual involved in the OnTarget
This is an Enactus Sheffield project. Tap to learn more.