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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.


One Stop Shop

We also provide a One Stop Shop drop in service where you can been seen by an Adviser, no appointment 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 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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