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Investing in our local communities is extremely important to us at North Star, and we pride ourselves in creating quality and meaningful training, development and employment opportunities. We have been supporting regular job clubs and working with organisations to provide essential employability training. Read more about some of the projects we have helped below…

Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum

This project utilises volunteer opportunities at the museum to give people work experience, whilst also supporting them to carry out job searches, improve CVs and undertake training. So far, 11 individuals have gained employment from this project, one has gone into an apprenticeship and 12 have completed accredited training courses. This is a significant achievement for a project based in a remote, rural location.

Actes Work Clubs

We support two Actes work clubs in the Tees Valley that operate in Gresham, Middlesbrough, Stockton and Thornaby. They provide regular support for people looking for work including job search, help with CVs and interview techniques. So far this project has engaged with 213 people, directly supported 5 into employment, 9 into training and 5 into regular volunteering.

So far, in 2016/17 for every £1 invested in Community Investment Projects £11.01 has been returned in social value.

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We’re giving young people a new direction…

In 2016, we joined forces with Thirteen Group, Coast & Country Housing, Actes and New College Durham to form a unique partnership. Together, we successfully won European funding to deliver a new and vital Youth Employment Initiative. From this, we launched an innovative scheme called New Directions to help reduce youth unemployment across the region.

Our New Directions project is a Tees Valley wide Youth Employment Initiative which supports young people aged 15-29 years into employment, education and training. Our fantastic New Directions team have been working with young people across the region to help them access training and employment opportunities, build CVs, support them with interview preparation and also providing funding where necessary.

So far the team have engaged with over 60 young people, and made a real difference to their lives. At present we have 31 active learners on the books, we have supported 14 young people into further training, found employment for 6 and 2 more have offers of employment we are waiting to hear from.