The Steps Programme

The Steps Programme will offer practical courses designed to provide skills to progress into employment, apprenticeships or further training.

Courses are individualised and bespoke to meet individual needs; all learners will also be assigned a personal mentor to support throughout the programme and chosen progression route.

Progression Opportunities

On successful completion of the programme, there are a range of opportunities to progress onto in an out of the College. 

These include:

Employment Opportunities
Receive specialist support from the team to apply for jobs in the region.

Further Training
Middlesbrough College has a range of full and part-time courses available for students to apply for across all sector areas.

Northern Skills Group has a range of apprenticeship vacancies available and the team can offer support with applications and interview preparation.


  • Travel expenses (bus, train and car mileage)
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – If required for the course
  • DBS checks
  • Interview clothing
  • Stationery pack
  • Access to the College gym
  • Access to Learning Resource Centre (LRC)

Steps is a 6 week programme bespoke to individual needs, with continued, ongoing support with a dedicated Progression Mentor.


Step 1

1:1 guidance session to receive careers guidance and advice looking at careers, training and opportunities. Medium and long term goals will be identified as well as any barriers. An Individual Learning Plan will then form the basis of a programme bespoke to individual needs.

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.

Step 2

6-8 week programme which will include being assigned a personal Progression Mentor. Each person will attend small group sessions and 1:1 tutorials. The programme will entail 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 possibly gain some work experience. 1:1 sessions will also take place with a dedicated Progression Mentor, for any additional support the individual may need and to also focus on goals within the Individual Learning Plan.

Step 3

Once the 6-8 week programme is complete, continued 1:1 appointments to support 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

Alongside gaining employability skills, students will be able to complete bespoke qualifications tailored to their career aspirations. These include:

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Catering and Hospitality Skills including Food Hygiene
  • CSCS and CCNG Site Safety Passport
  • Security - SIA Licence
  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • Childcare Skills including Paediatric First Aid
  • Health and Safety at Work including IOSH
  • Customer Service and Retail Skills
  • Digital Skills for Employment and IT
  • Business Admin Skills
  • Functional Skills
  • Sports – including Introduction to Coaching
    and Gym Instructing
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Introduction to Volunteering
  • Outward Bound Activities

Contact us

Please contact the YEI team at Middlesbrough College for further information and to reserve a place:

01642 333378

The Tees Valley Pathways Programme supports young people aged 15 to 29 across the Tees Valley who are unemployed or inactive to progress into Education, Employment, Training or Self-Employment.

It is part-funded by the European Social Fund and supported under the Youth Employment Initiative.