Youth Employment Initiative (YEI)

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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. They also provide 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 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 additionally offer a number of Apprenticeship opportunities across 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 07968 188528.


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. 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.


ESF Community Grants

Hartlepool Borough Council has been awarded the contract to manage the Tees Valley Community Grants Programme, in partnership with the other four Local Authorities within the sub-region. The programme is jointly funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). There is a total of £2.7m of grant funding available over the lifetime of the programme. There are grants of between £10,000 and £20,000 available for individual projects. The intent of the Community Grants Programme is to enable appropriate third sector and other small organisations (that would not otherwise be able to) access ESF funding for the purpose of mobilising disadvantaged or excluded unemployed and economically inactive people to facilitate their progress towards employment.

Grants will support a range of activities aimed at assisting the disadvantaged or excluded to move closer to the labour market by improving their access to local employment and skills provision. Please note that no profit can be made through grants issued within the Community Grants Programme.

How to apply for ESF Community Grants
Complete the ESF Funding Application Form and submit this to the ESF Project Team along with the required supporting documents outlined in the application by the submission deadline dates. Please note that applications must be typed.

To provide potential applicants with additional support, notes on how to complete your application form can be found within the Application Guidance document.

The Council has also made a range of template forms available to organisations that are successful in applying for funding, to enable them to provide the necessary project monitoring data.

Download all ESF Community Grants Project documents from the Hartlepool Council website.

Assessment Process
On receipt of your application, the following stages will be followed:

Stage 1: Hartlepool Borough Council’s ESF Community Grants Project Team will make an initial assessment of your application to ensure that all relevant information is available, that the organisation is eligible for the funding and to undertake a due diligence check and to check if all relevant policies and systems are in place to meet the requirements of ESF Funding Rules. If an organisation’s application cannot be progressed at this stage, then they will be notified of the reasons why.

Stage 2: The Grants Awards Panel, consisting of representatives from the five Tees Valley Local Authorities, will meet and a final decision on your application will be made. The Grant Awards Panel will meet within three weeks of the relevant closing date. The organisation will be notified of the outcome of this decision (The ESF Community Grants Assessment Framework is available on the Council’s website which explains how each individual application will be assessed). 

Further Information
Hartlepool Borough Council’s dedicated ESF Community Grants Project Team are available to discuss any questions relating to your proposed application.

Tel: 01429 857074

Email: [email protected]

Organisations are also encouraged to contact a representative from their Local Authority before submitting an application to ensure that the proposed offer will meet the specific local need.


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