Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans for the young people of our Borough



Youth Direction

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.


One Stop Shop

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: 

  Open Closed
Monday 10am 4pm
Tuesday 10am 4pm
Wednesday 10am 4pm
Thursday 10am 4pm
Friday 10am 4pm

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.


Targeted participation support

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.


Early Help NEET & Progression Team

The Early Help NEET & Progression Team also provides client management including Keeping In Touch and Support Workers (KIT) 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 and drop in facilities for partner agencies to interview young people in central Stockton. 


Pathways Project

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.


Useful websites

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.