Job scheme succeeds in finding work for 700 people

The Tees Valley jobs scheme has reached a milestone with the 700th worker, Tommy Pell (3rd left) being taken in at J&B Recycling, Tomlinson Road, Hartlepool and is pictured here with Mark Penny (left) J&B Recycling Commercial Manager, Linda Edworthy (2nd left) Director of Strategy & Investment, Tees Valley Unlimited, and Christine Schott (right) Tees Valley Jobs & Skills Investment Scheme Manager.
The Tees Valley jobs scheme has reached a milestone with the 700th worker, Tommy Pell (3rd left) being taken in at J&B Recycling, Tomlinson Road, Hartlepool and is pictured here with Mark Penny (left) J&B Recycling Commercial Manager, Linda Edworthy (2nd left) Director of Strategy & Investment, Tees Valley Unlimited, and Christine Schott (right) Tees Valley Jobs & Skills Investment Scheme Manager.

A jobs scheme has hit its target of generating employment for 700 people – and it did it with the help of a Hartlepool firm.

Town company J&B Recycling has helped Tees Valley Unlimited to reach a milestone under the Tees Valley Jobs and Skills Investment Scheme.

The achievement of creating 700 jobs is a prime example of how TVU’s approach to helping strengthen the local economy is enabling enterprising companies, such as J&B Recycling, take their ambitions to the next level

Linda Edworthy, TVU director of strategy and investment

The recycling specialists took on new recruit Thomas Pell, and managing director Vikki Jackson-Smith said: “We are pleased to welcome Thomas to our team, and are delighted with the fact his appointment helps the Jobs and Skills Investment Scheme reach such an important milestone for Tees Valley Unlimited.”

TVU secured £6m from the Regional Growth Fund to deliver the 18-month long initiative.

Linda Edworthy, TVU director of strategy and investment, said: “It demonstrates how strategically targeted support can deliver results and assist people to obtain work within the Tees Valley.

“The achievement of creating 700 jobs is a prime example of how TVU’s approach to helping strengthen the local economy is enabling enterprising companies, such as J&B Recycling, take their ambitions to the next level.”

The scheme offered businesses a subsidy of up to 50 per cent towards the wages of additional trainees, apprentices or graduates.

There was no limit to the number of people that a company could employ, providing the posts were additional and could be sustained for a minimum of two years. It also had to be demonstrated that the job featured an element of training.

Key sectors of growth that could be funded included advanced manufacturing and engineering, digital and creative.