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Workforce and Skills

Looking to recruit a local workforce?

Redcar and Cleveland boasts a skilled and loyal workforce that's used to shift patterns and working hard.

We have particular skills strengths in engineering, process and energy, logistics, professional and business services and health related industries.

The Skills for Growth Programme

Tees Valley Business’s Skills for Growth Programme is here to help Tees Valley SMEs fill any skills gaps within their team – now, or in the future – to boost productivity, and improve their competitive position.

You could access funded support from an expert skills development adviser to help pin-point your business’s skills needs, navigate your options, and access further training, or support needed to grow.

From work experience and work placements, to traineeships, apprenticeships and graduate placements, there are a host of opportunities available across Tees Valley to develop your team…

How will the support work?
The Skills for Growth Programme acts as a streamlined gateway to help Tees Valley SMEs access the skills training and support available locally.

Through access to specialist skills development advisors, you will be supported to:

  • Identify skills gaps within your business – now, or in the future.
  • Understand your training needs and create a skills development plan.
  • Navigate the complex training landscape across Tees Valley, assess your options, and access specialist training or support.

Who is the support for?
The Skills for Growth Programme is open to applications from SMEs (a small or medium-sized enterprise with fewer than 250 employees) based in the Tees Valley (Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees).

The support is free to access through Tees Valley Business and applications are encouraged from employers across a wide range of sectors, including:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Chemical and Process
  • Logistics
  • Life Sciences
  • Digital
  • Energy and Renewables
  • Business and Professional Services
  • Health and Social Care
  • Culture and Leisure
  • Construction

You can register now if you are:

  • An SME employer with fewer than 250 employees
  • Based in the Tees Valley (Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees).

Click here to register through Tees Valley Business.

If you'd like to enquire further about this, please contact the Business Engagement Team on:

T: +44 (0) 1642 444366


Tees Valley Skills Support for the Workforce

Skills Support for the Workforce in the Tees Valley is supporting eligible businesses to develop and implement bespoke, funded training plans to upskill their workforce, meeting immediate and long term skill needs.

The service provides tailored training programmes, fully funded by the European Social Funds for small to medium-sized business based in the Tees Valley LEP area.

For more information, please click here.

If you’d like to enquire further about this, please contact the Business Engagement Team on:

T: +44 (0) 1642 444366


Tees Valley Apprenticeship Support Grant

The Tees Valley Combined Authority continue to support apprenticeships in the Tees Valley and a new grant for Apprenticeships started on the 1st February 2020. The support is designed to assist employers who are committed to creating new Apprenticeships or progressing an existing Apprentice onto a higher level of Apprenticeship.

Apprentices must start their learning from 1st February 2020, the Apprenticeship training must be provided by a training provider approved by the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

The grant supports SME’s who create Apprenticeships in sectors facing high demand and growth from employers as identified in the Tees Valley Strategic Economic Plan.

The Priority Sectors being supported by the Grant are:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Logistics
  • Digital and Creative
  • Construction
  • Culture and Leisure
  • Process, Chemical and Energy
  • Health & Biologics
  • Business and Professional Services
  • Health Care
  • Education

What Funding is Available?

One grant (per age group) is available to SME’s identified by Tees Valley Combined Authority as being in one of the above Priority Sectors.

  • Apprentices aged 16 – 18 – a grant of £3,000 is available
  • Apprentices aged 19+ - a grant of £2,000 is available.

The grant will be paid in full once the Apprentice has completed 13 weeks in learning and employment (following on from the completion of the 1 week review and associated paperwork). Employers are only eligible for a maximum of three grants in a 12 month period, this includes grants from previous schemes.

For more information and guidance on how to apply, please click here.

Alternatively, contact the Business Engagement Team on:

T: +44 (0) 1642 444366

Routes to Employment

Our award winning service provides hands on support, advice and guidance on recruitment and training. We work in partnership to deliver bespoke recruitment and workforce development to local businesses.

We have established a number of hubs across the borough to help local residents access employment opportunities and businesses or new investors to the area secure the right skills for their needs.  Our hubs deliver a free of charge service to employers looking to recruit.  This includes:

  • facilities for recruitment events, job fairs, interviews
  • publicising job opportunities
  • an extensive CV database of highly skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled individuals
  • CV sifting, shortlisting and selection process
  •  upskilling residents to meet employers skill needs
  • Site Safety Passports, CSCS Cards and other accredited registration for local residents where appropriate

For further information contact our Routes to Employment Team on:

T: +44 (0) 1642 459035


Further and Higher Education Provision

The borough is well served by educational establishments across the Tees Valley which it lies within.  There are 5 further education colleges specialising in engineering and construction, aerospace engineering, advanced manufacturing, logistics, oil and gas and the digital and creative sectors.

Cleveland College of Art & Design -

Hartlepool College of Further Education -

Middlesbrough College -

Redcar & Cleveland College -

Stockton Riverside College -

The borough also houses a specialist training college, the Technical Training Group which offers a range of accredited courses in Engineering, Process, Health & Safety, Management and NVQ Diploma's.  Further information available at:

The Tees Valley is home to two universities of national and international recognition, Teesside University and Durham University’s Queen Campus.  Teesside University, which recently invested £250m into its facilities and was shortlisted for the Global Teaching Excellence Awards (GTEA), offers a wide portfolio with specialisms in technology, science and engineering alongside design, creativity and digital.   Durham’s University’s Queens Campus offers specialist education in medicine and finance.

Teesside University -

Durham University -

There is also good access from Redcar and Cleveland to the following North East universities:

Leeds University  -

Newcastle University -

York University -

Skills for the Future

The Tees Valley has developed a skills strategy to meet the needs of industry going forward.  With the anticipated growth in advanced manufacturing, process, chemicals, energy, health and biologics, digital and creative sectors  in the coming years the Tees Valley Combined Authority has set out how the area will prepare local children and adults to drive the industries of the future.   For further details on ‘Inspiring Our Future’  click here.


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