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Routes to Work

In response the high levels of economic inactivity in Tees Valley, in February 2017, the Combined Authority were invited to submit an application for Innovation funding to pilot a major new approach to support those most distant from the labour market to prepare for and to access work.

The Tees Valley Routes to Work programme has been extended  for another year due to its success in its first three years. The programme will now offer support to unemployed people across the region until 31st March 2022.

The £8.4million scheme supports those most distant from the labour market on the path to a successful career and back into employment. Since its start in 2018, Routes to Work has supported almost 3,000 people and helped nearly 600 back into employment across the Tees Valley. The scheme is funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority and DWP and delivered by the Tees Valley Local Authorities. Darlington Borough Council, Hartlepool Borough Council, Middlesbrough Borough Council, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.

As part of this extension Routes to Work can now support people aged 16+ with sign-posting, information, advice and guidance and Routes to Work full support if there is no other provision they can access. This change in criteria means more people can access the service, bridging gaps in the existing support, ensuring everyone can receive the help they need to get into employment.

Routes to Work can now be used as one point of contact for referrers to find out what support is needed and signpost to another provider if needed. It can also offer a brief intervention to those not requiring a full programme of support who are looking for general information, advice and guidance.

If you would like to speak to someone or find out more information around the new eligibility, please contact;

For more information please contact your local Routes to Work Office;

Darlington – Telephone – 01325 406170, email –

Hartlepool – Telephone – 01429 284482, email –

Middlesbrough – Telephone – 01642 811400, email –

Redcar and Cleveland – Telephone – 01287 612563, email –

Stockton-on-Tees – Telephone – 01642 528107, email –

The Department for Work and Pensions awarded £6m to the Combined Authority to deliver the Pilot.  The Combined Authority Cabinet agreed to provide £2.4m as match funding for this pilot, making a total of £8.4m.