Tees Valley Routes to Work


This Tees Valley wide pilot initiative will support unemployed and economically inactive adults aged 30 and over who face the greatest difficulties in accessing employment. This includes people who have been out of work for a long period of time and those who have multiple barriers to employment.

The Council’s Routes to Work Team will offer 3 Key Steps to Employment Programmes which include

  • First Step Programme will provide a six week course that will support individuals who are furthest from the labour market. Within this six week programme there will be a range of activities offered such as ongoing IAG, generic and specialist workshops around themes such as preparing for an interview, effective job searching, CV and application writing and confidence building courses and resilience training. Where applicable incentives will be provided to customers to pay for expenses.

  • Second Step Programme will offer bespoke accredited training based on the needs of the customer and employer, i.e. HGV Licence, Forklift Licence, Asbestos Awareness and Health and Social Care Qualifications.

  • Third Step Programme will provide specific employer routeways with guaranteed interviews and sheltered work experience which will be developed in consultation with employers and bespoke self-employment programmes that will be linked to live job vacancies and apprenticeships.

If you would like more information on Routes to Work then please phone (01429) 857070.