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Youth Direction provides impartial information, advice and guidance to young people of Stockton aged from 16 up to 19 years and up to 25 years if a young person has a learning difficulty and/or disability on employment, education, training and voluntary opportunities.
We also provide a One Stop Shop drop in service where you can been seen by an Adviser, no appointment is necessary. This is based at 16 Church Road, Stockton, TS18 1TX and is open as follows:
Youth Direction Information, Advice and Guidance is also externally accredited to the Matrix Standard, the nationally recognised quality benchmark for information, advice and guidance services.
We have dedicated Participation Advisers who provide information, advice guidance and support for those who are at risk of leaving or are not in education, employment or training. We also support young people who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
In addition, we have Participation Advisers within all mainstream schools, special schools and academies.
Advisers delivers information advice and guidance through one-to-one interviews, where options are introduced, explored and discussed. This enables the young person to make an informed decision about their future. This may include:
Action plan - Creating an action plan gives focus to the young person’s needs.
Job information - Up to date and accurate job information can help inform choices.
Applications - Help with colleges and other learning providers.
CVs - Help to create a personal tailored CV.
Apprenticeships - Support exploring and apply for apprenticeship opportunities.
Visits to colleges and other learning providers
Exploring Higher Education - Exploring options through UCAS and support with A Level choices.
Targeted support for those who have left school and aged 16 to 19 years old and up to 25 with an active EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) through the NEET & Progression Team. Enabling young people to reach their full potential and engage in positive outcomes such as employment, further education, apprenticeships, traineeships and voluntary opportunities by supporting them with information, advice and guidance.
Client Management, including tracking the movement of young people within Stockton-on-Tees and Teesside. Keeping accurate and up to date information on young people regarding their education, employment and training status, for national reporting purposes, providing additional support for those that require it.
The Pathways Project works with targeted young people from Stockton-On-Tees aged 16 – 29 yrs, helping them into education, employment or training.
We help young people to realise their talents and achieve their full potential through dedicated individual support by assisting them with job search, completing applications, CV writing, interview skills and supporting to interviews. Additional support is given with housing, benefits, budgeting, and help to improve confidence and motivation, supporting to medical appointments and any other barriers to help meet their goals and succeed in life.
Grants are available to pay for items such as bespoke training, travel, interview clothes, childcare and equipment.
Once they have started work or training the project continues offering support to meet their needs.
For more information on this project please visit our Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) webpage.
In order to help with making choices, you or your child may find the following websites useful:
Is the main government site with information and links on areas such as benefits, education and apprenticeships.