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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Learning, Skills and Employment Support for Employers

Your company, business, or organisation regardless of how big or small could benefit from some of the services we offer.

Stockton Council Learning and Skills Service has delivered learning programmes across the Tees Valley for more than 50 years.  Our tutors are highly qualified, skilled, experienced and friendly offering a bespoke and flexible service tailored to your needs.



An Apprentice is appointed for a minimum of 12 months. They work a minimum of 30 hours per week but no more than 40, salaried on or at least the National Apprenticeship minimum wage. There are currently no other additional costs as support funding can be arranged and we can source and provide suitable applicants for selection. Apprenticeships are available at levels two - five and are available for new and existing staff wanting to upskill. They may be a young apprentice 16 - 18 or an adult 19 - 65. It is your responsibility to issue the young person with a contract of employment. There may be financial incentives available to support employers with the extra costs of taking on apprentices that meet certain criteria (contact us for more information).  Our Employer Engagement team will be happy to meet with you to discuss your training needs and help you prepare a realistic workforce development plan.  


Stockton Council Learning and Skills Service offer Apprenticeships in a wide range of employment sectors 

Please see the full brochure of how we can support your organisation.

Read our Support for Businesses booklet for further information. 

We offer Apprenticeships in the following areas:

 Business Administration

 Cleaning and Environmental Support Services

 Child Care

 Clinical Health and Social Care

 Contact Centre Operations                                  

 Customer Service

 Facilities Services

 Health and Social Care


 Hospitality and Catering Principles


 ICT Professional Competence


 Leadership in Health and Social Care


 Professional Services - Management Accounting

 Team Leading

 Professional Services Audit

 Sales & Telesales

 Professional Services - Tax

 Warehousing and Storage

 Public Services Operation Delivery – Local Authorities

 Supporting Teaching and Learning


Search for Apprenticeship vacancies via the GOV.UK website.


Workforce Development

We offer a range of qualifications to your existing staff to up-skill your workforce and contribute to their continuous development. We are able to offer qualifications in various areas including:

 Introduction to Environmental Awareness

 Serving the Allergic and Food Intolerant Customer

 Introduction to First Aid  

 Level 1 – Food Safety

 Licensing Law Awareness

 Level 1 – Principles of Fire Safety Awareness

 Equality Act 2010

 Level 1 – Health & Safety

 Level 2 – Food Safety for Catering                                

 Level 2 – Food Safety for Food Manufacturing

 Level 2 – Health & Safety for Food Manufacturing

 Level 2 – Health & Safety in the Workplace

 Level 2 – Health & Safety for Hospitality

 Level 2 – Principles of Manual Handling

 Level 2 – COSHH

 Level 2 – Personal Licence Holder

 Level 2 – HACCP Principles



Sector based workforce academies

What are Sector Based Work Academies?

Sector Based Work Academies are available to help those who are ready for work and receiving benefits to secure employment. They are designed to help meet your recruitment needs as well as to recruit a workforce with the right skills to sustain and grow your business.

A Sector Based Work Academy can last up to six weeks and has three key components:

  • Pre-employment training- relevant to the needs of your business and sector

  • The opportunity to visit an employer’s workforce or a visit from an employer during the learners course.

  • A guaranteed job interview


English and Maths

Free English and maths courses are delivered by our experienced, specialist tutors across the Stockton Borough Council area. Courses are available throughout the week at various times of the day and evening making it accessible for most learners.

We can offer free English and maths courses from entry level (beginners) to level 2 and GCSE English and Maths.

89% pass rate for GCSE English and Maths for 2017



We deliver ESOL courses from pre entry to Level 2 in venues across the Stockton Borough Council area. Our courses help our learners with speaking, listening, reading and writing.



Traineeships provide unemployed young people and adults up to the age of 24 with skills and experience to progress to be an apprentice or sustainable work. If you have vacancies and want to recruit staff but unsure as to exactly what you want - this route could be for you. A Traineeship is a preparation programme up to 24 year olds which must be completed between six weeks and six months. A traineeship includes work programme, work preparation, English and maths, ESOL etc. A Traineeship must lead to a real job opportunity or an apprenticeship and the trainee would have a guaranteed interview. Funding maybe available to support the young person.


To find out more

Our fully qualified and experienced staff will support you through the whole process, guaranteeing you a hassle free service. If you would like to find out more please contact:

Paul Carr 01642 524938 or

Address: Stockton Council Learning and Skills, Billingham Community Centre, The Causeway, Billingham, TS23 2DA


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.