Invest in Teesside

3 Jun 2019

As the worlds of business and education change, relationships between the two are more important than ever.

That’s why the Tees Valley Mayor and Tees Valley Combined Authority have launched a refreshed website in support of their region-wide bespoke careers service. gives businesses and education providers the tools and help they need to shape our future workforce. The £3million initiative is the first of its kind in the UK. It aims to connect our 100,000 young people with more than 1,000 businesses across the region to help them experience work.

National research shows that pupils that receive four or more meaningful engagements with employers between the ages of 11 and 16 are 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education, employment and training and will, on average, earn 22% more.

If young people have an idea of where they want to go and a sense that there are opportunities for them, they are more likely to be optimistic about their futures and to work harder and succeed.

By working together to coordinate the efforts of businesses, schools and pupils, we will be able to give our young people vital, practical experience of the world of work, while building the skills our companies need to thrive.

Lots of Tees Valley companies have already engaged with the website and are providing valuable work experience to our region’s young people.

For example, Middlesbrough’s Jurys Inn hotel has been working closely with Ann Titchener, the Careers Leader at Beverley School, an all-ages specialist school for children and young people who have a condition on the autistic spectrum.

In particular, Beverley School is delighted to report that its sixth form student, Joe Osborne, successfully secured a work experience placement at the hotel and has been continuing this since making such an impression after starting at the end of the previous academic year.

Joe carries out a range of duties in the hotel kitchen during the Friday morning early shift. In doing so, he is earning invaluable real-world work experience in a busy and fast-paced environment.

Damon Roberts, Jurys Inn’s General Manager, said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to see the difference in Joe from when he first started his placement with us to now. He has grown in confidence every week and is now a key part of our Friday Breakfast team, he is very independent and needs little direction or coaching.

“We are so proud to have worked with Joe, Ann, Beverley School and the team and we’re looking forward to continuing this partnership in the future.”

To find out how you can get involved, visit the website, which is split into two parts, with dedicated areas for business and education.

The education section gives information on how schools can achieve the Gatsby Careers Benchmarks, a framework of eight guidelines for good careers guidance, which the Government’s Careers Strategy is built around.

It outlines the benchmarks, detailing what schools should be doing to achieve them, providing suggested resources to do so and information on events for both schools and pupils.

Inspiring our students and giving them the expectation of a great career is critical to help our residents achieve their dreams and lead fulfilling lives. Improving careers education and giving pupils experiences of work will result in more people making good choices on study options and skills development.

Raising awareness of great potential job opportunities in Tees Valley will, in turn, raise employment levels and help to attract new businesses while supporting existing ones to grow and thrive.

But we can’t do this alone. We need the help of our business community.

The business section of outlines our vision for the initiative, the benefits for employers and also how they can get involved.

Participating in careers activities, and providing real-life case studies of the world of work, can make organisations more attractive to the best potential recruits. Demonstrating a commitment to helping pupils by shaping and delivering meaningful engagements can help build new contacts, expand networks and deliver social value.

Previous examples of engagement include transport management firm Cubic hosting students from Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth at its Stockton offices for a workplace visit. Wates Construction also hosted three schools at its site during the construction of the National Horizons Centre in Darlington.

Future activity will include supporting St Patrick’s Catholic College in a wide range of work experience in July at employers across Tees Valley, including organisations such as TWI.

Any member of staff can take part, from apprentices to senior management, and you can gain inspiration from more case studies on the website which outline what other companies have done to help our young people achieve and progress.

We already have a wealth of fantastic Tees Valley businesses committed to helping our young people, which can be found on our Partners page.

So if you would like your business to join them, visit today to find out how you can get involved.