Young people invited to a big careers conversation with Tees Valley Mayoral Candidate.

Young people aged 14-24 are being invited to take part in a big conversation with Tees Valley Mayor Candidate for Labour, Jessie Joe Jacobs, about overcoming barriers to employment on Teesside.

Safer Communities and Youth Focus North East – are helping to link young people up to the virtual event, which will be held on Zoom on March 13th between 2pm and 4pm. To register, email

Jessie is keen to give young people the opportunity to share their views on what challenges they face, and what support they feel they need to progress into employment or forward their careers.

“I am passionate about our young people, having led organisations and created employment opportunities for many of them for a number of years,” she said.  “They are our future and we must listen to them to find the solutions for tomorrow.

“The pandemic has hit our young people hard, but we have so many opportunities to explore and exploit, to ensure they get on in life. They deserve the best start and I intend to give them that.

“We are seeing youth unemployment rise across all parts of the Tees Valley and there is a clear need for a real strategy to bring this under control, provide significant intervention and offer more support, training and job opportunities.

“As Tees Valley Mayor I will lead on developing a real strategy alongside young people and employers; to boost youth employment, tackle low wages and ensure our young people have the means to get to new jobs through well connected and affordable public transport.”

Safer Communities is a community safety charity providing a range of services across the north east – including helping to provide a positive future for children and young people.

Jo Hodgkinson, CEO of Safer Communities said: “We, along with Youth Focus North East, are delighted to support Jessie in learning more about what our young people need to secure a positive future.”

Youth Focus North East is an independent charity with the overall vision to improve the lives of young people through high quality youth work. It exists for the benefit of young people and the organisations which support them.

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