Preparing for training and employment


Steps is a new initiative offering exciting, practical courses designed to give young people (15-29) the skills to progress into employment, traineeships,  apprenticeships or further training. The courses include important life and employability skills as well as industrial based qualifications relevant to your career aspirations. 

Our 6 week programmes are bespoke to your individual needs, with continued on-going support with a dedicated progression mentor.

You will receive 1:1 guidance to look at the various training programmes available to suit your aspirations. Medium long terms goals will be identified as well as any barriers. An Individual Learning Plan will then form the basis of your programme of study. Upon enrolling on a course, you will be able to confidentially share any medical conditions and/or disabilities you have with our Student Services department who will be able to advise on the support available at the College. 

At the start of your 6 week programme of study, you will be assigned a personal progression mentor support you. You will attend small group sessions and 1:1 tutorials. The programmes includes team building activities, personal and social development skills, time management, budgeting, digital skills for employment, CV sessions, interview preparation, job searching, job applications, LinkedIn, awareness of social media plus many more.

In addition, each person will get the opportunity to attend other sector specific industrial based qualifications and gain work experience. At the end of the 6 week programme, a celebration graduation ceremony will take place.

Continued 1:1 appointments to support individuals with progression into education, employment or training will take place. Individuals can also continue to access the Job Shop facilities to job search, apply for vacancies and prepare for interviews.

Industry Specific Qualifications 

  • Catering and Hospitality Skills
  • Food Hygiene
  • CSCS and CCNG Site Safety Passport
  • Level 2 Health and Social Care or Youth Studies
  • Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work
  • Childcare Skills including Paediatric First Aid
  • Health and Safety at Work including IOSH
  • Customer Service and Retail Skills
  • Business Admin Skills
  • English and Numeracy Development
  • Sport - Introduction to Coaching and Gym Instructing
  • Teaching Assisting
  • Introduction to Traineeships
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Introduction to Volunteering
  • Digital Skills for Employment and IT


  • DBS checks
  • Interview clothing
  • Stationery pack
  • Access to the College gym
  • Access to Learning Resource Centre (LRC)
  • Up to £30 High Street vouchers upon successful completion of the course
  • Travel expenses (bus, train and car mileage)
  • Childcare (subject to meeting eligibility criteria)
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
For more information, contact adult& or call 01642 333378

The Tees Valley Pathways Programme will support 8,698 young people aged 15 to 29 across the Tees Valley who are unemployed or inactive with the aim of progressing them into Education, Employment, Training or Self-Employment.

The programme is delivered by a consortium of organisations from the Public, Private and Voluntary Sector. The overall contract value is £25.38m with £9.52m from European Social Fund, £9.52m from Youth Employment Initiative and £6.34m of Match Funding. It is part-funded by the European Social Fund and supported under the Youth Employment Initiative.