Youth Direction provides a One Stop Shop drop in service. The Youth Direction One Stop Shop is based on Bishopton Lane in Stockton, 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 Advisors 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.
The Participation team 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
For further information about the delivery of participation support in your/your child’s school or academy please contact the school. Visit the Find a schools page for full school details.
The Business Support team provides client management including Keeping In Touch (KIT) workers who track the movement of young people within Stockton-on-Tees and Teesside and keep accurate and up to date information on young people regarding their education training and employment status.
We also provide support for employers including advice and a pre-selection service.
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) page.
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.
A portal which focuses on industry in the Tees Valley and contains locally produced video clips of various job sectors.
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