North East Ambition

North East Ambition supports schools and colleges to provide the best possible career guidance for children and young people in our region.

Improving career guidance can:

  • Lead to better outcomes for young people  
  • Help young people make informed decisions about their futures
  • Raise young people’s aspirations and broaden their horizons 
  • Increase social mobility 
  • Help pupils understand the link between what they learn in the classroom and the world of work
  • Improve pupils’ engagement in class

The Good Career Guidance Benchmarks

A framework for good careers guidance. 

North East Ambition works closely with schools and colleges to help them put in place the Good Career Guidance Benchmarks. Their aim is that all schools and college in the North East LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) region achieve the benchmarks by 2024.

The Good Career Guidance Benchmarks are:

1. A stable careers programme

2. Learning from career and labour market information

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

5. Encounters with employers and employees

6. Experiences of workplaces

7. Encounters with further and higher education

8. Personal guidance


North East Ambition support school’s by providing Enterprise Advisers. What is an Enterprise Adviser?

An Enterprise Adviser works with a local school or college, to help support pathways into their industry and shape young people's futures. They can help bridge the gap between the world of work and education, working with the Careers Leader and wider senior leaders of the school or college to create opportunities for young people.


What does an Enterprise Adviser do?

They will:

  • Support the school or college's senior leadership team strategically to develop and evaluate their careers plan.
  • Provide a valuable employer's perspective on how a school or college can embed labour market information and opportunities into the careers programme.
  • Engage with local businesses and employers in their network to put a wide variety of careers opportunities at the heart of young people's education.

Who is our Enterprise Adviser at Teesdale?

Name: Jimmy Forster

Company: Lean 6 Services Ltd.



  • Lean Black Belt     (2019)
  • Lean 6-Sigma Green Belt Certified (2018-2019) 

Train Aid (E Learning)

  • Level 3 in Education and Training (PTLLS)  (2018-2019) 

Darlington College of Technology

  • CQI Diploma in Quality Management Level 5 (2012 – 2015) 
  • HNC Manufacturing Engineering (2004 – 2006)
  • NEBOSH Certificate (13-week course 2006)

New College Durham                                                                 

  • I.M Certificate in Management Studies Level 4      (1996 – 1997)   
  • NEBSM Certificate in Supervisory Management (1995 – 1996)

Jimmy is a highly motivated enthusiastic professional with excess of 30 years’ experience in the manufacturing sector, who has a passion for continually improving processes and procedures with a flair for continuously developing himself as well his team through identifying their needs via strong communication and ongoing training.

Jimmy has worked as an Operational Manager for many years. His recipe for success is to gain respect from his peers and team members, effectively communicating, recognising areas for improvement and facilitating those requirements.

While working at GeStamp (Tallent Automotive), early in his career, Jimmy developed, wrote and implemented Standard Operating Instructions to shop floor personnel. 

This then led to being heavily involved in many improvement projects dealing with quality improvements, efficiency gains and cost saving initiatives. Result of using Lean Principles.

This was the start of the Lean Journey...

Jimmy success continued in future organisations working in heavy industry followed by a spell in the Chemical Sector. Using the same recipe of process improvements, Jimmy was able to reduce quality problems and increase efficiency whilst gaining respect from the workers.

Recognising his flair and knowledge for the subject, Jimmy wanted to share this with a wider audience and now works with and delivers Lean 6 Sigma Training in the North East of England delivering to a variety of sectors.

Jimmy lives in the North East of England with his Wife and two children. He relaxes by spending time with his family and having a round of golf when time permits.

Jimmy Forster