Careers guidance team

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

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

Careers Guidance Team update with regards to the Coronavirus

Following advice from the local authority and central government we are suspending all face to face appointments in the community.

During this time we can instead offer telephone/email information and/or advice. Please note our contact details below, your query will be directed to a central email box and forwarded to the appropriate staff member who will contact you as soon as possible. If you do not have access to email please leave a message on our team mobile phone.
Mobile Phone: 07827 244027

We provide appointments for young people aged 16 -18, where we can offer you information, advice and guidance about Apprenticeships, Employment, Education and Training opportunities in your area.

Appointments are held at:
  • Ashington (Tuesday)
  • Blyth (Tuesday and Thursday)
  • Cramlington (Wednesday)
  • Walkergate Office - Berwick (Monday) 

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


We are a team of fully qualified and experienced careers advisers who 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 18 are doing.

We can help young people to:
  • 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 
  • help with benefits. 
Contact us:

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  to find out more about how we can help you.

We work throughout Northumberland and can arrange to meet you in one of our venues nearest to your home, for example the local library.
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, in order 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 information about careers and job opportunities in 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

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 are paid employment and combine practical training with study.
Click here to register and apply for apprenticeships.

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 to register and apply for traineeships.

Study Programme
The study programme is for young people aged 16-18 years, or up to 24 years if you are living with a disability.
It develops good personal, social, employability and vocational skills that help prepare young people for employment and further learning.

Colleges offer various vocational courses at a level to suit a young person's ability.

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)
  • want to move into employment and need extra support to do so.
PLEASE NOTE: We also offer employment and volunteering schemes 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
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 the Careers Guidance Team 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
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

Please contact us if you are not sure how this may affect you or visit Child Benefit eligibility.
If you wish to refer a young person or are unsure if a young person is eligible for our services, please contact us:

Either call us on: 
  • 01670 622799
  • 07827 244027
Or email us on:
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