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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans for the young people of our Borough

Youth Employment Initiative (YEI)

youth employment initiative

The Tees Valley Pathways Programme will support 8,698 young people aged 15 to 29 across the Tees Valley who are unemployed or inactive with the aim of progressing them into Education, Employment, Training or Self-Employment.

The programme is delivered by a consortium of organisations from the Public, Private and Voluntary Sector. The overall contract value is £25.38m with £9.52m from European Social Fund, £9.52m from Youth Employment Initiative and £6.34m of Match Funding. It is part-funded by the European Social Fund and supported under the Youth Employment Initiative.



Centrepoint provides a personalised programme to help people to find the right job. The service can help by developing skills and confidence, making links with companies who are looking for new recruits to join their teams. It offers an exciting programme of activities including visits to local employers, enterprise challenges and film making projects as well as access to online careers support and other resources to help clients prepare for the world of work.

For more information contact Donna Grieves by emailing [email protected] or telephone 07741233285


Community Campus ‘87

Community Campus '87 offers construction related training and work experience. It provides voluntary sector support through work related training, work experience and apprenticeship opportunities. Community Campus '87 also provides one to one support with job searches, universal job match and applications; and weekly jobs lunch club.

For more information contact Abby Burton by emailing [email protected] or telephone 01642 733074 or 07595 412331


Five Lamps

Five Lamps is an experienced mentor that will work closely with clients to move them into employment, self employment and identify training courses. It provide essential tools and equipment to prepare clients for self employment as well as financial assistance with employment related costs such as interview clothes.

For more information contact Nichola Storr by emailing [email protected] or telephone 01642 702718 or 07894 567937


Groundwork North East

The Groundwork North East Youth Team work across Tees Valley providing support to progress people into employment, education and training. It offers one to one support and an exciting set of activities which will provide new skills and valuable experience. The Service offers a Pathway Programme providing opportunities to gain a qualification while receiving practical experience within sectors such as Horticulture, Youth Work, Marketing, Manufacturing and Business Admin.

The team also runs the Enterprise Camp Programme providing the opportunity to explore and expand entrepreneurial skills by participating in our exciting outward bound residential. Groundwork North East also has a number of Apprenticeship opportunities available across the Tees Valley.

For more information contact Vanessa Kelly by emailing [email protected] or telephone 07791 076427


Learning and Skills (ages 20 - 29)

Learning and Skills offer a dedicated support worker who will provide targeted one to one support. It provides sector and industry specific training leading to apprenticeships and work as well as helping to developing interview skills, completing applications, support with benefits and housing. The Service also offers support to pay for training, interview clothes, travel, childcare and equipment.

For more information contact Jane Metcalfe by emailing [email protected] or telephone 01642 526002 or 07748 513408


Safe in Tees Valley

Safe in Tees Valley provides a number of specialised programmes to improve skills and routes into employment and education. It offers help with the development of digital skills and social media skills including web design, a sports leadership programme with additional opportunities in volunteering and work experience and inspirational activities and qualifications with employment and enterprise opportunities for young women.

For more information contact Jamie Brooks-Johnston by emailing [email protected] or telephone 01642 664440 or 07738 959921


Stockton Riverside College

Stockton Riverside College offers one to one support with bespoke advice and guidance including financial assistance. It provides access to a full portfolio of provision across Stockton Riverside College, Bede College and NETA sites including CSCS, construction, welding, catering, care and much more with flexible course start dates throughout the year.

For more information contact Maureen Ovington by emailing [email protected] or telephone 01642 865568 or 07968188528


Youth Direction (ages 16 - 19)

Youth Direction offers a dedicated support worker who will provide targeted one to one support including advice and guidance to support people towards work, training and education. It will give young people help in developing interview skills, developing CV’s, support in applying for traineeships and apprenticeships, work and education courses. It also provides support towards making a benefits claim and housing applications. It provides support towards making a benefits claim and housing applications as well as support to pay for training, interview clothes, travel, childcare and equipment.

For more information contact Jackie Brewster at Youth Direction by telephone on 01642 677 600. 

The Youth Employment Initiative is part-funded by The European Social Fund as part of the 2014 - 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.