AN initiative has been launched to meet recruitment needs of companies and boost job prospects of people in a Teesside town.

The Hartlepool Targeted Training and Recruitment Charter has been signed by Hartlepool Borough Council, Housing Hartlepool, Gus Robinson Developments and Wates Construction.

The aim is to provide training for school leavers and unemployed people and promoting equal opportunities.

By ensuring there is a pool of skilled workers, it is hoped to bring employment opportunities to Hartlepool.

Colin Wilson, Housing Hartlepool's director of regeneration, said: "We would certainly encourage all developers and contractors to join us in this initiative."

Housing Hartlepool intends to spend more than £99m on property improvements over the next six years.