Careers guidance team

Careers guidance team

Here you will find information about the Northumberland careers guidance team.

Careers drop in session

Come along to one of our careers appointments and speak to a member of the Careers Guidance Team.

Appointments for young people aged 16 -19 

We can offer you information, advice and guidance about Apprenticeships, Employment, Education and Training opportunities in your area.

North Area
 
South East area
 
 
Appointments are held 
  • Ashington (Tuesday)
  • Blyth (Tuesday and Thursday)
  • Cramlington (Wednesday)
  • Walkergate Office - Berwick (Tuesday) 

For appointments in other areas of Northumberland call 01670 622 799 or text  07827244027 

Producer and Director of Careers Guidance Team Videos - Daniel Wilkinson

Hello, I am Daniel Wilkinson a 17-year-old videographer from Bedlington. I became interested in media through my mam who was into wildlife photography.  From there I developed a passion for media and always wanted to start my own business. At the age of 13 I bought my first camera which started my love of making content about events and current affairs. When I started attending St Benet Biscop High school I started volunteering at Leading Link. Since joining there I have done so much with video and photo from meeting Scouting for girls to meeting well known social media influencers. I am now at Gateshead College studying TV and Film which I enjoy and have one more year to go. I was approached by the Careers Guidance Team to produce some videos for young people as they were keen to utilise the skills and talents of local young people.

Learning and skills service careers guidance team

The Northumberland careers guidance team carries out the local authority's statutory responsibilities to:

  • promote participation in education, employment and training by providing access for vulnerable young people to impartial careers information, advice and guidance (IAG)
  • identify and report to the Department for Education (DfE) on 16 and 17-year-olds who are not participating and support them to find a place in education, employment or training
  • reduce the numbers of young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or not known
We also have to return accurate monthly data to the Department for Education for all 16 to 18-year-olds who are resident in the county.

Who we are
We are a team of fully qualified and experienced careers advisers.  We are here to support young people.  We may contact you from time to time as we have to report monthly to the Government about what all young people aged 16 to 19 are doing.

We can help young people find the opportunities they are looking for, tell them about courses and apprenticeships in their area, plan a route to the career they want, help them improve their job search skills and help with benefits (including JSA hardship and child benefit).  
Contact the careers guidance team
If you are 16-18 and not in education, employment or training, please get in touch with us on 01670 622799, 07827 244027 or email careersteam@northumberland.gov.uk  to find out more about how we can help you.  
Where we are
We work throughout Northumberland and can arrange to meet you in one of our venues nearest to your home, for example the local library.  

Find Your Career tool

Northumberland County Council’s Find Your Career tool uses local labour market information to present employment trends and salary and wage information specific to the local area.

Find Your Career can be used by schools and careers professionals as well as the public to see the real employment opportunities in the area.

Find Your Career is much more detailed than the labour market information for the North East region as a whole. You can also look at careers and job opportunities and information for North Tyneside and Newcastle.

Most importantly Find Your Career will show you which occupations and employment sectors are growing and which are declining in this area. You can also see what you’re likely to earn and compare different occupations and employment sectors.

This could help you or someone you know to make a better decision about what to do in the future.

Click here to Find Your Career

 

Information for schools

Schools have a statutory responsibility to provide access to impartial careers advice for their pupils.

We may be able to assist schools by supporting some young people who are still at school but at risk of not continuing in education, employment, or training after Year 11.  Please ask the careers adviser from Northumberland Careers Guidance Team linked to your school for a Request for Support form or complete the online form.

Northumberland Careers Guidance Team can offer tailor made service level agreements for schools that would like to purchase services from us.  Advisers all have significant experience of both mainstream and targeted work and are qualified to level 6/post-graduate diploma.

If you would like to find out more about our service level agreements and prices, please contact:

Janice Gerard   01670 622793   janice.gerard@northumberland.gov.uk  or
Lindsey Taggart   01670 620006   lindsey.taggart@northumberland.gov.uk

 

Northumberland Education Business Partnership

The Education Business Partnership brings schools and businesses together offering a range of interactive work related learning activities to help prepare young people for the world of work.

Click on the link below to view the Service Level Agreement (SLA) which includes the range of activities available.  
Learning and Skills Service SLA

If you would like to find out more about this service please contact:
 
Carole Richards   01670 622790  carole.richards@northumberland.gov.uk  

Raising the participation age (RPA)

Young People are required to stay in learning until they are 18.

The aim is to help them improve their knowledge, skills and qualifications to benefit their future.  This does not mean young people have to stay at school.

They can choose other learning options instead of school and these include:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Traineeships
  • Study Programme
  • College
  • Employment (with accredited training)
  • Volunteering (with accredited training)
Please contact us if you are not sure how RPA may affect you and if you wish to find out about opportunities in your area.  Call us on 01670 622799 or 07827 244027 or email careersteam@northumberland.gov.uk

Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships are paid employment and combine practical training with study.  

Click here for further information or register and apply for Apprenticeships.
College
Colleges offer various vocational courses at a level to suit a young person's ability.
Study programme
The study programme is for 16-18 years (up to 24 years for young people with a disability).

It develops good personal, social, employability and vocational skills that help prepare young people for employment and further learning.
Supported internships
Supported internships aim to prepare young people with complex needs for paid employment.  They are specifically aimed at young people who:
  • are aged 16 to 24 years.
  • have a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) or an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP), and
  • want to move into employment and need extra support to do so.
Traineeships
A traineeship is a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship. It can last up to 6 months.

Click here for further information or register and apply for Traineeships.

 

Child Benefit

You may be eligible to make a claim for Child Benefit.

If you’re bringing up a child or young person who is:

  • Under 16
  • Aged between 16 and 19 - up to 20 in some cases - and is in relevant education or training
  • Aged 16 or 17, has left full-time education or approved training and registered with Connexions for work, education or training
  • Aged 19 and in full-time further education, or approved training which they applied for, enrolled in or started before their 19th birthday
  • You do not need to be the parent of the child or young person to qualify, but you must be responsible for them. The child or young person does not need to live with you, but if they live with someone else you can only get Child Benefit if:
  • You pay money to bring up the child
  • The amount you pay is the same as, or more than the weekly rate of Child Benefit you get for them
  • The person the child lives with is not getting Child Benefit for them

Extended Child Benefit
When child benefit normally ends on 31 August, as a parent of a 16 or 17 year old you could claim Extended Child Benefit for 20 weeks if your child leaves approved education or training and either:
  • Registers with your local Careers Service (Northumberland Careers Guidance Team)
  • Has signed up to join the Armed Forces
For further advice and information please contact Careers Guidance Team on 01670 622799, 07827 244027 or email careersteam@northumberland.gov.uk.

Please contact us if you are not sure how this may affect you or visit Child Benefit eligibility.

Useful websites

Information for professionals

Referring a young person

If you want to refer a young person or are unsure if a young person is eligible for our services, please contact us on 01670 622799, 07827 244027 or email careersteam@northumberland.gov.uk.