Workforce and Skills

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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.

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 444366

E: routestoemployment@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

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 – https://northernart.ac.uk/

Hartlepool College of Further Education – https://www.hartlepoolfe.ac.uk/

Middlesbrough College – https://www.mbro.ac.uk/

Redcar & Cleveland College – https://www.cleveland.ac.uk/

Stockton Riverside College – https://www.stockton.ac.uk/

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: https://tte.co.uk/

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 – https://www.tees.ac.uk/

Durham University – https://www.dur.ac.uk/

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

Leeds University  – https://www.leeds.ac.uk/

Newcastle University – https://www.ncl.ac.uk/

York University – https://www.york.ac.uk/

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.

Tees Valley Skills Support for the Workforce 2019 – 2021

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.

The programme aims to upskill 3778 employed individuals from 1 April 2019 – 31 July 2021.

For more information, please click here.

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

T: +44 (0) 1642 444366

E: business@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

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 Growth Team on:

T: +44 (0) 1642 444366
E: business@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

Tees Valley Combined Authority: Employer Grant for Apprenticeships

The Tees Valley Combined Authority have launched an employer grant for Apprentices starting their employment on or after the 18th June 2020. This grant is available for small to medium businesses (249 or less employees, across all work sites) from Priority Sectors who employ a new Apprentice aged 16-20.

The Priority Sectors being supported by the Grant are:

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

A new Apprentice must be working towards a recognised qualification from the Apprenticeship Standards or Frameworks and training must be provided by a training provider approved by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

Available funding includes:

100% of wages for the first 6 months of employment (salary costs only), for a minimum of 30 hours per week up to a maximum of 40 hours per week at National Minimum Wage (NMW), followed by 50% of wages only, up to a maximum of 40 hours per week at NMW for the remainder of the Apprenticeship employment, up to a maximum of 2 years.

Apprentices must start their employment within 30 days following confirmation the application is eligible.

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

Alternatively, contact the Business Growth Team on:

T: +44 (0) 1642 444366
E: business@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

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