There are a number of programmes being delivered across the Tees Valley that can support your child if your child is aged 15+ years old and either not in education, employment or training (NEET) or unemployed.

Youth Employment Initiative – Pathways and Routeways

The Tees Valley Pathways and Routeways Programmes form part of the Youth Employment Initiative. If you are aged 15 to 29 years old and either unemployed or not in education, employment or training (NEET) the programmes can help you progress into education, employment, training or self-employment by providing:

For more information; phone 01429 401831, email or you can refer yourself online through The programmes are part-funded by the European Social Fund and supported under the
Youth Employment Initiative.

Youth Employment Initiative – New Directions

New Directions is a Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) scheme aimed at people aged 15 to 29 who are classed as NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) and delivered across Tees Valley. Careers advisors are on hand to identify a range of training and practical support options, including mentoring, apprenticeships, job placements and further education, to find a job that will enable them to

For further information and support, please contact:

In Redcar & Cleveland ring 07823 536656 or email

In Hartlepool or Darlington ring Clare Forster on 07976682727 or email

In Stockton or Middlesbrough ring Jamie-Leigh Lewis on 01642 947840 or email or Johnny Harrison on 07801 897864 or email

Tees Valley ESF NEET Programme

The ESF NEET programme is currently being delivered by Learning Curve Group. It is a programme to support Tees Valley residents aged 15-24 who are not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET. Providing additional bespoke support to those requiring special assistance. Working to make young people aware of the employment opportunities and linking those to develop
career pathways, employment experience and progression into Apprenticeships or Traineeships. There are several programmes from one day in collaboration with schools to a full time programme at one the specialist academies in Middlesbrough and Hartlepool. Smaller bespoke programmes are delivered across the Tees Valley in community venues. A blended learning programme of online learning and face to face delivery methods will be available for September 2020.

For more information please contact Academies direct on: Telephone number: 01388 777 129

Email enquiries:

Website: or alternatively for bespokecommunity support
Telephone 01388 777129 or mobile 07458 112923