Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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There are many organisations who offer employment support in the Borough. You will find the majority of organisations on this page and further adult support services in our Stockton Information Directory. 


Care To Learn

Care to Learn offers parents under 20 start or return to learning. Care to Learn may be able to pay for childcare and travel costs. The course must be in a school or college, or learning in the community or a learning provider that uses public funds and is a not-for-profit organisation.

Visit the GOV.UK website for further Care to Learn information.


Job Centre Plus

Jobcentre Plus supports people of working age from welfare into work and helps employers to fill their vacancies. It is part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and plays a major role in supporting the Department’s aim to promote opportunity and independence for all through modern, customer-focused services. For further information contact 0845 604 3719.


NACRO Education and Employment Services

Employment and training for long-term unemployed and ex-offenders in areas such as motor vehicle maintenance, joinery and environmental conservation. Youth programme (16-18 year olds) referred through Connexions. All other referrals through the Jobcentre where a referral form will be filled out to check eligibility criteria.

Address: Hutchinson Street, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1RW

Telephone: 01642 615554

Email: [email protected]

Opening Times: Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 5pm

Visit the NACRO website for further information.


North East Training Association (NETA)

NETA is as a charitable Group Training Association, offering training for engineering construction companies based in the Northern Region. It also offers a range of services to many other occupational sectors outside of engineering. NETA has sites in Stockton, Billingham, Thornaby and Teesport.

Visit the NETA website for further information.


Stockton Information Directory

The Stockton Information Directory provides information and advice on a range of services and opportunities for adults across the borough of Stockton. The wide range of services include information and advice on where local groups or leisure activities are taking place, what help you can get to remain in your own home as well as housing and care home information, and much more.

Visit the Stockton Information Directory for a full range of employment and volunteering support.



STEPS provide the STEPS service to support disabled people into:

  • College (vocational and non-vocational courses)
  • Voluntary work (only where other people with or without disabilities carry out voluntary work)
  • Work experience (no timescales are imposed)
  • Paid work (full or part-time)

All jobs will pay the same wages and give the same conditions as a non-disabled person doing the same job. Our Employment Training Advisors offer advice, guidance and practical support about training and employment issues for people with disabilities.

We work with people to identify their skills, abilities and development needs. We don't pressure people into accepting any job that is available. We help people find a job that suits them. We also provide advice and guidance to employers of people with a disability. We can help in the following ways:

  • Disability awareness advice
  • Advice on aids and adaptations
  • Support and aftercare service

We help businesses who have not previously employed a disabled person, as well as advising those who have an employee who has recently become disabled. Our support can help employers ensure that their disabled employees are able to stay in the job.

Supported employees must work on equal terms with others. They must be paid the appropriate rate for the job and have the same terms and conditions as other employees in their workplace.

  • The service works with employers to provide training and paid employment.
  • Some employers will provide unpaid 'work trials' for disabled people. These will be assessed and monitored.
  • These placements are used as a way of creating up-to-date work experience for a person, and give a clear assessment of the person's and the employer's support needs.
  • The service works with Employers when they employ and pay a disabled person.

Address: STEPS, Durham Tees Valley Business Centre, Orde Wingate Way, Newtown, Stockton-on-Tees, TS19 0GA

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01642 524525

Opening Times: Monday to Thursday: 9am - 5pm, Friday: 9am - 4.30pm


Teesside Ability Support Centre (TASC)

Teesside Ability Support Centre provides social care and life skills learning opportunities for disabled adults in a Day Centre setting. Activities are carried out both in house and externally at local Colleges of Further Education with opportunities being offered in a variety of courses. There is also available a wide range of sports and leisure activities. Through co-operative businesses service users are trained in basic skills thereby creating work placement and work experience for the members. The emphasis of the training is to increase a member's self-confidence and to maximise their potential to live as independent a life as possible.

Visit the TASC website for further information.


Universal Jobmatch

Search for full or part-time jobs in Great Britain and abroad on the GOV.UK website.


Youth Direction One Stop Shop

Offers life support for 13-19 year olds regarding learning, careers, housing, drugs, health, money, relationships, sport and leisure. This is a direct access service and there are no referral procedures.

Address: 16 Church Road, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1TU

Telephone: 01642 677600

Email: [email protected]

Opening Times:
Monday to Friday : 10am - 4pm