The STEPS Programme 

The Steps programme is a 6 week programme, that offers 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. 

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

Step 1

1:1 guidance session to receive careers guidance and advice. An individual learning plan will then form the basis of a programme bespoke to individual needs. 

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. Each person will also get the opportunity to attend other sector specific industrial based qualifications and possibly gain some work experience.

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.


  • 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)

Progression Opportunities

Employment opportunities

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


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

Further training

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

Industry Specific Qualifications

  • English 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
For more information, contact Olivia Woodier at 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.

Middlesbrough College ESF