Routes to Work

Tees Valley Routes to Work programme has been extended for another year due to its success in its first three years. The programme will now offer support to unemployed people across the region until 31 March 2022, after surpassing its expectations and targets of engaging with 2,500 people and getting 375 back into employment by the end of March 2021.

The programme supports those most distant from the labour market on the path to a successful career and back into employment. Since its start in 2018 it has supported almost 3,000 people and helped nearly 600 back into employment across the Tees Valley. Routes to Work is funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority and DWP and delivered by the Local Authorities.

What support do we offer through Routes to Work?

To support you on your journey back into employment we offer a one-to-one support service with dedicated Key Workers and CEIAG Officers to help you navigate your way through job searches, interviews, CV writing along with a range of other services that can help  you break down any barriers that are preventing you from getting back into work.

Our support includes:

  • Access to personalised careers, education, information advice and guidance
  • Support and training to gain both soft skills and employability skills
  • Up to 2 years support from a dedicated Key Worker
  • Additional 12 month support once you are in work
  • Help with the cost of uniforms and PPE equipment
  • Help with DBS checks
  • Financial support for employer and trade training
  • Financial support towards travel to work costs and appropriate work clothing
  • Signposting and support to access services such as; housing, Welfare Advice, Substance Misuse


Who is the Stockton Routes to Work project for?

All customers who are currently unemployed are entitled to receive a 1-1 session with our CEIAG Officers. Our CEIAG Officers will offer information and advice in regard to training and employment and signposting where required.

To take part in a full programme of support from Routes to Work you must be:

  • Aged 16 – 29 and unemployed (Routes to Work will ensure you are offered the most appropriate support, this may mean your support will be delivered by one of our partners. If this is the case you will receive a telephone call advising you of this).
  • Aged 30 + and unemployed for 2 years or more
  • Or aged 30 +, unemployed for more than 13 weeks with personal circumstances that have resulted in a barrier to finding employment.

Please complete this form and Routes to Work will contact you.


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