Bridging the Skills Gap



A New adult education strategy for Hartlepool aims to boost the town’s economy by giving residents the skills to meet the current and future needs to employers.

The Hartlepool Adult Education Strategy will guide the work of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Adult Education Service and its relationships with a range of partners until 2026.


Key objectives include:


  • Providing a range of community and bespoke learning and employability initiatives that will increase the economic inclusion of young people and adults.
  • Increasing employment and skills levels and developing a competitive workforce that meets the demands of employers and economy.
  • Improving business growth by enhancing the culture of entrepreneurship.
  • Increasing retention, achievement and success rates to 90%in all subject areas and increase progression rates for all learners to 75%.



Councillor Kevin Cranney, Chair of the Council’s Regeneration Services Committee, said: ”With on-going investment, major regeneration schemes, business growth and a forecast of 25,000 new jobs and around 120,000 replacement jobs to be created across the Tees Valley over the next decade, community learning, employment readiness and workforce skills development have never been so important.


‘’The strategy will significantly contribute to the Tees Valley Combined Authority’s growth strategy and also help us to meet Government targets in relation to increasing apprenticeships, improving functional English, maths and digital skills, preparing young people for the world of work, promoting a culture of enterprise and creating pathways to sustained employment within key growth sectors.’’


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