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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.


Employment and Training Hub

We also provide a drop-in service where you can see an adviser, or if you prefer you can contact us on 01642 677600 to arrange an appointment. We are based at in Wellington Square, Stockton, TS18 1NA - that's next door to River Island. 

The Employment and Training Hub is and is open Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm.


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 deliver 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 and Progression Team

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.

  • NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) young people receive the support of a qualified Personal Advisor who supports them to create an action plan to attain their goals/aspirations
  • Procure and facilitate bespoke courses that enable young people to overcome barriers to their attainment
  • Provide support on benefit claims, housing issues, CV building, applications, interview skills, job search and signposting to professional services
  • Offer C-Card provision and emergency contraception
  • Provide emergency food and clothing, help with travel and costs for a young person to attend an interview
  • Produce a fortnightly bulletin of apprenticeships, jobs, open evenings and drop in sessions with training providers, colleges and partner agencies

We also track 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, and providing additional support for those that require it.


Pathways Project

The Pathways Project works with targeted young people from Stockton-On-Tees aged 16–29, 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 searches, 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.


Cofinanced by Skills Funding Academy, European Social Fund, Education Funding Agency, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and Hartlepool Borough Council

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