Skills for Growth is a fully funded resource for Tees Valley SMEs, which is part funded by the European Social Fund, offering impartial advice to help you access training and skills support to upskill your current workforce and turn your business plans into a reality.

We can help you fill any skills gaps within your team – now or in the future – to boost productivity and improve your competitive position.

How Does The Support Work?


Get Expert 1-1 Support

Our team of experienced skills development officers will work with you to explore and understand what direction you want to take your business in.


Complete A Training Needs Analysis

A comprehensive analysis will identify skills gaps within your business – now or in the future – and help you understand your training needs.


Create A Skills Development Plan

A bespoke skills development plan will highlight a range of training support options from local training providers.


Masterclasses, Coaching and Mentoring

Access five fully funded leadership and management masterclasses, plus four days of coaching and mentoring, to help you implement and embed your plans.

Want to know more about Leadership & Management Masterclasses? Click here to find out more.


Our support is impartial and fully funded, which means there is no cost to your business.

If you’re an SME employer based in the Tees Valley (Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees) get in touch to see how we can help.

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About The Funding

The Tees Valley Collaborative Skills Development Partnership (Skills for Growth) is a joint initiative with Teesside University and  is part-funded by the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme.