An new project has been launched aimed at helping 2,500 people into work across Tees Valley.
Step Forward Tees Valley, is being run by the Northern Inclusion Consortium (NIC) - a partnership of four of the North East’s largest charities: Mental Health Concern, DISC, Groundwork North East and Cumbria, and Changing Lives - and is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.
We will work closely with our partners and stakeholders.Helen Collins
The Tees Valley has been hit by significant job losses recently, including the announced closure of the SSI steelworks in Redcar.
Step Forward Tees Valley will work with 23 partners and local employers and offer help in areas including health, employment support, financial support, digital skills, volunteering, employer engagement, and enterprise.
Programme manager Helen Collins said: “This is a really exciting opportunity that enables local organisations to come together and use their wealth of knowledge and experience to improve prospects for people who, for one reason or another, are not in training or employment.
“We will work closely with our partners and stakeholders to help participants address any barriers to their progress; this could range from improving confidence levels, through to specialist employment and skills provision.
“At the same time, we will be engaging with a range of employers and local businesses to ensure the programme is tailored to the growth and needs of the Tees Valley area.
“The contract represents a real investment in the Tees Valley area and potential for local charities to make a real difference to local people.”