EMPLOYERS are working together to support those who are struggling to get a job.

The Step Forward Tees Valley project targets those who have found it difficult to get work because of issues related to addiction, convictions, ill-health or self-confidence.

A group of 23 partners and employers who are there to break down barriers and provide opportunities and services to help people overcome obstacles in finding employment.

The initiative, which recently attracted its first participants, sees individuals partnered with a ‘navigator’ who will support them in their quest for work.

Programme manager Helen Collins said: “We want to hear from anyone across the Tees Valley who feels they could benefit from the support and expertise we have on offer.

“If you want to find work or get into training we can help and I urge you to get in touch.”

Step Forward Tees Valley, which aims to get 2,500 people into work or training, is run by the Northern Inclusion Consortium and jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

For more information, or to apply for the programme, visit sfteesvalley.co.uk or call 01325 387713.