New Directions for businesses

New Directions is our employability service for young people in the Tees Valley aged 15 - 29 who are not in education, employment or training.

We’re working with employers like you across the Tees Valley to understand the skills that your business needs and to equip young people to meet this demand.

We’re delivering New Directions across the Tees Valley to give young people:

  • personalised information about jobs and training 
  • advice and guidance about finding work 
  • access to quality training that meets the need of employers 
  • 1-to-1 mentoring and support
  • support to help identify employment and career paths.

New Directions is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and training is being developed to give young people the skills and knowledge that employers need.

We match businesses with young people who want to access vocational training, traineeships, apprenticeships, internships and volunteering placements to put their learning into practice. We also offer young people the chance to experience work in the real world and have the opportunity to showcase their skills to potential employers.

Our recruitment service can also help businesses to find the talent you need for your business to develop. We can develop and deliver bespoke training and skills development to meet your business needs.

Our support helps young people to overcome the barriers they might face in accessing employment and training. We provide ongoing support for young people and employers throughout the first six months of employment or education - this ensures young people are successfully integrated into your organisation, helping them to carry out their roles and responsibilities.

We help to overcome any issues or concerns and maximise positive outcomes for businesses and young people. For more details please get in touch.

More information

If your business would like to get involved in New Directions:

Data Protection

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