Launched by the Tees Valley Mayor in May 2018, Tees Valley Careers.com is an ambitious £3 million initiative, which is the first of its kind in the UK.
It will target 100,000 young people in Tees Valley and will see every school and college in the area work with local businessesto help shape and deliver careers and enterprise.
The aim is to have over 1,000 businesses engage with 11-18-year-olds to directly inform them of job opportunities and career information with the aim of each child receiving seven direct and meaningful employer engagements. This direct contact can help build a young person’s confidence and could even help lead to future employment.
Research shows that pupils that receive four or more meaningful engagements with employers between the ages of 11-16 years are 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education, employment and training and on average earn 22% more.
The initiative is led by the Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, and the Tees Valley Combined Authority which is working hard to ensure young people in the region have the skills they need to flourish and undertake successful and rewarding careers.