Jobs scheme working well

Amy Cowan with Robbie Payne. Picture by FRANK REID
Amy Cowan with Robbie Payne. Picture by FRANK REID

A SCHEME aimed at helping people onto the jobs ladder has helped dozens of people in town - to the delight of town officials.

Hartlepool Borough Council is taking part in the Tees Valley Jobs and Investment Scheme (TVJIS) which is being supported by Tees Valley Unlimited (TVU).

New figures show that it has helped create 95 jobs in town in a range of sectors including digital, engineering, logistics and manufacturing and a further 87 jobs are in the pipeline to be created.

Officials in town have welcomed the news and say Hartlepool is “punching above its weight” compared to other areas.

The figures are a further welcome boost to the town with latest statistics showing that 3,045 are out of work in the town are the lowest since 2008.

Last year TVU submitted an application to Round 4 of the Regional Growth Fund for TVJIS. Although the full application wasn’t supported, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills awarded funding to an element of the programme.

TVJIS was announced last July with an allocation of £7m to create 700 jobs across the Tees Valley and officials say it will also bring in at least £11.7m from private sector investment.

Regeneration chiefs say the scheme is “progressing well” across the region. Antony Steinberg, the council’s economic regeneration manager, presented the report to the council’s regeneration services committee.

Mr Steinberg said: “Hartlepool has achieved 95 new jobs representing 19.8 per cent of all jobs created to date and for pipeline projects Hartlepool has a projected 87

new jobs representing a 25.6 per cent share of the estimated new jobs.”

TVU managing director Stephen Catchpole said: “We do see this as a very successful scheme.” Councillor Kevin Cranney said: “It is good to see Hartlepool punching above its weight.”

Labour councillor Robbie Payne adding: “It is great to see the firms in the town are embracing this.”

Coun Cranney told the committee himself and Coun Payne would be going round some of the businesses to act as ambassadors for the scheme.