Employability support and skills training

Employability support and skills training

This page tells you about our employability support including Work Programme, Generation North East, Work X, and skills training to help you find work.

About Work Programme, Generation North East, Work X and skills training for unemployed people

We offer 3 government funded programmes that support local people to move into work for the first time, or secure a new job after redundancy. We also offer government funded skills training and job clubs. These services are free to unemployed people.

The Employability team are here to help you if you are unemployed or unwaged and want to find secure paid employment.

We can help you through our 3 coaching programmes to help you get into work. 

We can help you by supporting you to gain skills and experience that employers are looking for.

We also work with local businesses and organisations, matching job seekers to vacancies and work placements. The team can provide personalised support to help you access a range of opportunities. 

 

Work Programme, Generation North East and Work X

The team currently delivers 3 coached employability support programmes.

Generation North East -  The programme offers 16 - 24  year olds tailored support, along with information, advice and guidance to find work.  You can engage digitally with an Employment Coach through Google, Facebook and email or you can work with a coach face to face. We help you to update your CV, complete application forms, and create effective letters to approach employers for work. We offer a vacancy matching service, work experience placements and access to job and training opportunities. You can join this programme at any time and do not need to be referred by anyone.

Work Programme - provides support for you if you are out of work for more than 6 months. We can help you if you are disabled or have a health condition too.  Employment Coaches offer similar services to the Generation North East Programme. To join this programme you need to referred to us from Jobcentre Plus.  

Work X  - This programme is for 18 - 24 year olds looking to gain work experience of up to 4 weeks.  A wide variety of roles are available. The placement will enable you to gain new skills, experience and knowledge and will let you try something new and obtain an employer reference. You can join this programme at any time and do not need to be referred by anyone to join.

Please call 01670 623894 or dial our free phone number: 0800 389 5990.
Employability skills training

Job Clubs


One of the things people feel most acutely when out of work is isolation. It’s easy to feel that you’re facing this all alone.  Job clubs, where you can meet and be supported by experts as you search, have been very successful in helping people find permanent work. We focus on helping you to prepare your CV and how to create compelling cover letters. And we can help give your confidence a boost as you get ready for interviews. We also run budget sessions to help you cope on benefits until you are able to get back into work. Our experts are always at hand to help you make the most of opportunities as they come along.

 

Here is the job club programme:
 

Monday

13:00

15:30

Alnwick

Wednesday

10:00

12:00

Alnwick

Tuesday

09:30

11:30

Wansbeck Workspace

Tuesday

13:00

15:00

Wansbeck Workspace

Thursday

09:30

11:30

Wansbeck Workspace

Thursday

13:00

15:00

Wansbeck Workspace

Friday

09:30

11:30

Berwick

Monday

09:30

11:30

Berwick

Friday

09:30

11:30

Cramlington

Thursday

09:30

11:30

Blyth

Thursday

13:00

15:00

Blyth

Monday

09:30

11:30

Cramlington

Monday

13:00

15:00

Cramlington

Wednesday

09:30

11:30

Hexham

Wednesday

13:00

15:00

Hexham

Wednesday

13:00

15:00

Morpeth

Monday

09:30

11:30

Prudhoe FUSE

Employability Courses

Getting a job is as much a skill as doing the job itself. Employers look for certain things in potential employees. They want people who are clear about what they can offer, who are confident, who present themselves well and who understand what their potential employer wants. Few people are naturally good at these things. We all have to learn them. The good news is that we can teach you how to get a job, how to get yourself ready to be employed.

We run intensive two-week courses that focus on:
Surviving till you get a job: understanding benefits and budgeting
Preparing your CV, applications and letters of introduction
Interview techniques and practice interviews with real employers
Staying motivated and dealing with rejection
Dress codes and personal presentation skills
Getting your IT up-to-scratch — you can even add on an IT qualification if you want

These courses are free if you are unemployed and are 2 week intensive courses. They run across Northumberland every 3 weeks. Contact Rianne Gallon on 01670 626107 for the next start date close to where you live.
 
Step into employability courses

"Step Into" Courses


The service offers great opportunities for people to step into new careers or trades. We offer intensive introductions to a range of careers. These introductions run for between 2 and 8 weeks and are free to unemployed people. 

The service currently offers "Step Into" courses in:
  • Adult Social Care
  • Child Care (Creche and Nursery)
  • Child Care (Home Based)
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Construction
  • Motor Mechanics
  • Warehousing, Logisitics and Fork Lift Truck Driving (Reach and Counterbalance)
  • Window Fitting
If you are interested in any of these programmes you can check our current part time course guide or if you want to talk to us about getting into a career or trade, call Karen Wilkinson on 07747 757 601 or email Karen.Wilkinson@northumberland.gov.uk.