Youth Employment Initiative

Young people and staff hold a Middlesbrough flag on top of Captain Cook's Monument

The Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) project is funded by European Social Fund and is targeted at 15 – 29 year olds who are not in employment, education or training.

Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation are delivering an innovative and interactive programme to support participants individual needs to progress them into sustainable employment, training or education opportunities.

We offer participants the chance to experience being part of a professional football club, whilst supporting them through an individually tailored education programme.

We deliver a Sports Leaders UK Level 2 qualification which helps develop key skills such as confidence, communication and team work.  The young people also take part in a number of workshops that will support individuals with Life Skills, Budgeting and further develop them in areas such as resilience, problem solving and decision making.

Whilst we are using sport as a way of engagement, we also focus on developing employability skills and supporting individuals to access job specific training or opportunities in a variety of sectors.  We have trained staff who offer one-to-one and group support and give professional information, advice and guidance.

Participants are also supported to access work experience or volunteering opportunities both within the football club and with external employers.

We can also help fund external qualifications/ licenses and provide funding to support with travel, interview clothes and childcare.

The programme is ran over eight weeks and is on a roll on roll off basis, meaning anybody can access the programme at any time and still receive the full benefit of the course.  Our weekly sessions run Monday to Thursday and individuals can choose which elements of the course will benefit them and attend those specific sessions.

For further details you can contact the YEI team on 01642 454816 or email

The Youth Employment Initiative is part-funded by the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.