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Finding a job in North East England

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The North East of England is a large and diverse area, including major cities such as Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland. The region is well connected to the rest of the UK and Europe by road, rail, sea and air, opening up a wide travel-to-work area and giving easy access to jobs.

Within the region there are a range of growing industries, that provide great opportunities to take your next career step. For example, public sector job opportunities in the region have continued to grow, as have customer service and contact centre roles.

Additionally, the green energy sector is beginning grow, creating opportunities for employment in both Tyneside and Teeside, with construction of the world’s biggest offshore wind farm at Dogger Bank.

Local organisations supporting people to find a job

Here are a selection of local organisations that could help you find a voluntary position in your area. Taking a voluntary position can be a great way to build up your CV and learn new skills.

Volunteer Hartlepool website
Stockton Volunteers website
County Durham Volunteering
Volunteering for Newcastle City Council
Sunderland information point website

This page helps you find some of the recruitment exercises that DWP are aware of. We’re not recommending a particular employer, just letting you know about some of the jobs available. It’s always a good idea to check out an employer first, and always be careful about sharing your information – find out more at the Safer Jobs website

Northumberland and Tyne & Wear

Maximise Training

What are your learning and career goals?
Do you need qualifications to get there?

Level 2 accredited distance learning courses from Maximise Training in Sunderland are FREE to everyone aged 19+, living in England and not in education.

For details and to enrol, visit Maximise Training here (external link)
Follow them on Twitter at @MaximiseL (external link)

Distance learning courses

Gain new skills and knowledge from the safety of your own home with free distance learning courses from Sunderland College.

Distance learning is a great way to get back into education, as well as showing prospective employers that you are proactive about your development.

There is a wide range of courses available, including essential skills for wellbeing, digital, business and more.

Find out more about distance learning courses here (external link), or follow them on twitter @sunderlandcol (external link)

Business support and personal development

Free business support and personal development across Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Whether you are wanting to explore, start or grow personally or professionally, you can develop your ideas and skills with Reviving the Heart of the West End, based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Find out more about Reviving the Heart of the West End here (external link) or email

Durham & Tees Valley

Hartlepool Youth Hub

The Youth Hub is a one stop shop where young people aged 18-24 can get one-to-one support on a range of issues.

Whether you’re unclear on your career goals, need interview advice or help with your CV, specialist advisers can get you the personalised support you need.

For those who need extra help, there’s further tailored support to meet any skills gaps and requirements you need to help you find a job.

Contact your work coach for more details.

Healthcare Training Courses for aspiring Care Workers

Release Potential have a suite of training programmes for people aged 19+ who are keen to start off or progress in their chosen career

Qualifications at Level 2

  • Working in Mental Health
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Food Safety
  • Manual Handling
  • Infection Control
  • Health and Safety
  • Safeguarding and Prevent

Find out more on the Release Potential website (external website).

Follow your local Jobcentre on Twitter

Keep up to date with jobs, events, career advice and opportunities in your local area. ‘Job hours’ run regularly and are a great place to hear from employers recruiting in your area.