Youth Employment Initiative
In early 2016 a Tees Valley wide consortium, led by Hartlepool Borough Council and including Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, was successful in obtaining £19.3 million of European Social Fund (ESF) and Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) money to deliver Tees Valley Pathways and Tees Valley Routeways.
By July 2018 the partnership of 26 organisations aims to work with over 6,500 residents aged 16 to 29 and help them obtain sustained employment.
Each of the partners delivers their own programmes but they are all based around the following Tees Valley Pathways structure:
- An adviser to support the participants through their journey to a positive destination
- Providing access to independent and impartial face-to-face Careers Advice & Guidance
- Completion of a skills needs assessment and a personalised action plan
- Access to a flexible fund to remove barriers to progression
- An offer of work related learning including volunteering and placements
A separate but similar programme Tees Valley Routeways provides the same type of support but with an aim to get young people into priority employment sectors:
- Health & Social Care
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Logistics and Transport
- Digital & Creative
There are five providers based in the Redcar and Cleveland area:
- Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council; Routes To Employment
- Redcar and Cleveland College
- Future Regeneration of Grangetown (FROG)
- The Junction
Several other partner organisations: Groundworks, Five Lamps, Centre Point, Business in the Community, Tees Valley Sport, Middlesbrough Football Club in the Community, Princes Trust, Cleveland Fire Brigade all deliver their programme for Redcar & Cleveland residents.
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council are one of the main delivery partners in the Redcar & Cleveland area so if you are unemployed, want to get into employment and feel that you need support to do so please contact the YEI team directly on 01642 444666.
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 £6.34 of Match Funding. It is part-funded by the European Social Fund and supported under the Youth Employment Initiative.
The Tees Valley Routeways Programme will support 575 young people aged 15 to 29 years old across the Tees Valley who are unemployed or inactive with the aim of progressing the individuals into education, employment, training or self-employment. The programme is supported under the Youth Employment Initiative and delivered by a consortium of organisations from the Public, Private and Voluntary Sector. The programme is part-funded by the European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural & Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.
The Directory of Opportunties leaflet includes information about the providers who form the the Youth Employment Initiative.