Connecting classrooms with careers across the Tees Valley.

With your support we’ve been very busy with our programmes already this year, helping lots of young people experience what’s like to go behind the scenes of industry across the Tees Valley. 

Have a read about some of the work we’ve been doing so far. If you’re not already you can follow us on social media to give you more updates and photos about what’s going on with High Tide and our programmes. Our social media links are just at the top of this page.

Cadetships set sail

The year kicked off in great style for High Tide Foundation as the first cadetship of 2019 took place from February 11th to 15th – and it was a great success. The cadetship is designed to give students a better understanding of global supply chains by making them relatable, and providing an insight into the journey of an everyday object from manufacture to the retail outlet.

We welcomed students from Unity City Academy, Hillsview Academy and Beverley School to our Shipping Cadetship. Some of the attendees had never been on a boat before, so there was much excitement when we set sail on our trip along the River Tees – especially when we saw some seals!

You can read the full story of our First Shipping Cadetship in our news section.

To Rotterdam – not just anywhere!

12 students from Nunthorpe, Unity City and Hillsview academies set sail for Rotterdam earlier this month to learn all about the opportunities available from right here in the Tees Valley. Huge thanks go to our partners P&O Ferries, Tata Steel, Huntsman and Loodswezen who made it possible.

The Port to Port programme is a unique and life changing learning and personal development opportunity for students to visit companies in and around Teesport, before embarking on an overseas trip to a European port. The five-day excursion included visits to local businesses, towns and factories to help the students understand the variety of jobs available as well as experiencing other cultures.

Wendy De Vos, communications co-ordinator at Huntsman Holland, said: “Being able to inspire the next generation is so important, which is why we work with High Tide to give young people the chance to just see the many great opportunities our industry can offer – it can be difficult to imagine so we show them!”

Port to Port students 2019

Half Year Graduation

On a warm summer evening we brought together students, teachers and guests for our Half Year Graduation. The event, held at Inspire 2 Learn celebrated four groups and 38 pupils that had completed the Port to Port visit, shipping cadetship or automotive cadetship. The Graduation ceremonies include presenting the students with their programme graduation certificate and some insightful presentations from the students about their experiences and what they’ve learnt.

High Tide Graduation


Experience Works in full flow

Our Experience Works programme is a unique, week-long work experience programme for 16-19 year olds. It offers the chance to see, visit and experience a number of businesses across a range of sectors including law, finance, creative, digital, engineering, automotive and maritime.

The scheme is running throughout the school summer holidays with one week focused on each industry so we’re now right in the middle of programme delivery. We’ll be celebrating the students graduating from this programme in the coming weeks – keep your eyes on your emails for your invitation.

Looking forward to fun, fairways and fundraising!

We’re now nearing the end of what has been our biggest ever Experience Works programme and can’t wait to celebrate at the graduation ceremony, which will be held at Teesside University on Friday, August 30th.

You will of course be invited to join us, but don’t worry if you can’t – we’ll be sure to share plenty of photos on our social media channels and with you.

Our golf day at Wynyard Golf Club is fast approaching so hopefully you’ll be dusting off those clubs and praying for sunshine so we can share a great day of fun, fairways and fundraising.

Hot on the heels of our golf day, our Great North Run team will be pounding the Tyneside pavements. We’re honoured to have Harvey & Hugo, Venture Properties, PD Ports, Casper Shipping and Beverley School involved this year – be sure to follow their journeys and donate!

We’re also busy preparing for our Celebration Ball in November so we very much look forward to getting our glad rags and dancing shoes on, ready for a night of celebration.

Upcoming Programmes

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days spent connecting young people with businesses through immersive virtual placements and inspiring workplace experiences.


young people engaged with and supported to increase awareness, improve skills, build confidence and raise aspirations.


businesses of all sectors and sizes, helping to showcase opportunities and shape the workforce of tomorrow.

"I thought it was an excellent placement, which has taught me vital things and it has given me an idea of what I would like to do in the future."

Age 15, 3-day VWEX (Finance)

"It was very informative and was definitely worth every minute. The speakers and staff were very kind and helped us all build a better understanding of the world of engineering. This was an insight I doubt I could have gotten anywhere else."

Age 15, Insight day (Engineering)

"It was very informative and made me feel confident about what kind of sector of engineering I want to get into"

Age 14, Insight day (Engineering)

"An amazing experience!"

Age 14, Insight day (Law)

"Start to finish there was loads of enthusiasm from the employees and the students! Really fun to be a part of this!"

Age 17, 5-day VWEX (Engineering)

"I enjoyed the work experience, I learnt new skills on how to write my CV and what employers look for."

Age 13, Discovery day (Employability)

Access for all

Our programmes are open to schools and colleges across the Tees Valley, and delivered by businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Free of charge

It’s simple to get involved and easy to organise. Our initiatives are delivered completely free of charge to schools and colleges.

Fully Supported

For businesses, it’s straight-forward to support. We’ll plan and deliver sessions; all we need is your time, passion and commitment.

Our Corporate Partners

Casper Shipping
Jacksons Law Firm
PD Ports