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Connexions services in Tyne and Wear offer confidential advice and support for 13-19 year olds (and up to age 25 for young people with special needs) who live in the Tyne and Wear area.

Connexions Personal Advisers offer advice and support on a wide range of lifestyle issues including careers, education, training, employment, health and personal development opportunities in schools, colleges, Connexions Centres, youth clubs and at other venues and events across Tyne and Wear.

Connexions Gateshead in the Community

The Connexions Centre at the Interchange Centre in Gateshead is now closed.

From Monday 21st July-Friday 12th September 2014, young people in Gateshead will be able to see a Careers Adviser at the following locations:

Citizen Advice Bureau (CAB), Swan Street, Gateshead (behind Jobcentre Plus, opposite Tesco)
Mondays 1pm-4pm, Wednesdays 2pm-5pm and Thursdays 1pm-4pm

Dunston Housing Office, Dunston Activity Centre, Ellison Road, Dunston
Mondays 1.30pm-4.30pm

Leam Lane Housing Office, Gateshead Council @ Leam Lane, 129 Cotemede, Leam Lane
Tuesdays 1.30pm-4.30pm

Gateshead Civic Centre, Regent Terrace, Gateshead
Wednesdays and Fridays 1pm-4pm

Birtley Housing Office, Gateshead Council @ Birtley, 16 Durham Road, Birtley
Thursdays 1.30pm-4.30pm

To make an appointment to see an adviser, text/call 07768 938 080/0191 433 2785.

North Shields Connexions Centres Revised Opening Times 

North Shields Connexions Centre is operating revised opening times. The Connexions Centre is now open:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10am-4pm
Wednesday 10am-1pm

Lomax Training

Lomax Training are offering a number of courses at their Howdon Training Centre in Wallsend starting in September 2014.

  • Performing Engineering Operations Level 1 and Level 2
  • Diploma in Domestic Natural Gas Level 3
  • Diploma in Network Construction (Gas and Water) leading to Level 1 and Level 2
  • NRSWA (Streetworks) Training Courses

Plumbing Technical Certificate leading to Level 2 and Level 3

Please note that Lomax Training can access a range of funding for learners in addition to other financial support.

For more information e-mail Lomax Training Services or Telephone 0191 262 3040.

Brighthouse Traineeships

EQL Solutions are offering Traineeships that will lead to successful candidates moving into Brighthouse branches in Newcastle, Wallsend, Washington, South Shields, Hartlepool and Darlington to become Customer Sales Advisers.

Traineeships for 16-18 year olds

To be eligible for funding for a Traineeship, the young person must be aged 16-18 and have not yet achieved a full Level 3 qualification or equivalent (such as two A-levels).

Traineeships for 19-23 year olds

To be eligible for funding for a Traineeship, the young person must be aged 19-23 at the start of the Traineeship, not have achieved a full Level 2 qualification or above.

All candidates must be unemployed at the start of the Traineeship, have little work experience and be focused on work or the prospect of it and be assessed by the provider as having a reasonable chance of being ready for employment or an Apprenticeship within six months of starting their Traineeship.

The ideal candidate will have a friendly and confident manner, have experience of working in a customer facing role, be able to develop positive face to face discussions with customers, be self motivated to achieve high standards of customer service and meet agreed targets, be a team player who is flexible and willing to support across the store with good admin skills and be computer literate.

The Traineeship will consist of five weeks of classroom based training starting 28th July 2014 at the Jury’s Inn, Newcastle, followed by a minimum of 100 hours work experience to be completed over at least six weeks.

For more information, please contact Gary Robson, Regional Engagement Co-ordinator on Mobile Telephone 07580 864 637 or by e-mail.

Capita Talent Partnership Traineeships

Capita Talent Partnership are offering 11 week Traineeships where young people will receive one to one training to develop their skills and go on a work placement with Barclays or another leading business.

Once you successfully complete the Traineeship you will have the chance to move on to a highly desirable Apprenticeship and receive a free tablet computer.

Trainees will receive:

  • Five weeks of full-time training to help improve skills for the workplace
  • Up to six weeks’ work experience with Barclays or another business
  • An Amazon Kindle to use throughout your training
  • The opportunity to progress into an apprenticeship and other paid job roles
  • All travel expenses

To enrol on this Traineeship opportunity you will need to:

  • Be aged 16–18 and hold qualifications below the equivalent of two A-levels
  • Be unemployed and have little or no work experience

Capita are also offering Traineeships to 19–24 year olds who are unemployed and have little or no work experience and hold qualifications below the equivalent of five GCSE Grade A–C.

For more information, even if you are unsure whether you are eligible, please contact Capita on Telephone 0191 215 4127.

Rathbone Vocational Studies Courses

Rathbone are offering a new Vocational Studies course for 16-18 year olds that can be tailored to suit a young person's needs in a variety of occupational areas, all of which can help you progress onto an Apprenticeship, into Further Education or to gain employment.

Rathbone also have places available on their Military Preparation and Sport and Fitness courses.

The Military Preparation course offers practical challenges and tasks which will provide you with the essential skills required for a career in uniform.

The Sport and Fitness course will focus on a range of practical sporting activities, fitness testing and training and diet and nutrition.

For more information call Rathbone on Telephone 0191 490 3960 or visit Rathbone at Suites 1, 3 and 4 Hallam Building, Baltic Business Centre (off Saltmeadows Road, Gateshead, two minutes from Gateshead International Stadium).
 

Barclays Bank Traineeships 

EQL Solutions are offering Traineeships that will lead to successful candidates moving into Barclays branches in Newcastle, North Shields, Forest Hall, South Shields and Hexham to become Apprentice Cashiers and complete a Level 2 qualification in Providing Financial Services.

Traineeships for 16-18 year olds

To be eligible for funding for a Traineeship, the young person must be aged 16-18 and have not yet achieved a full Level 3 qualification or equivalent (such as two A-levels).

Traineeships for 19-23 year olds

To be eligible for funding for a Traineeship, the young person must be aged 19-23 at the start of the Traineeship, not have achieved a full Level 2 qualification or above.

All candidates must be unemployed at the start of the Traineeship, have little work experience and be focused on work or the prospect of it and be assessed by the provider as having a reasonable chance of being ready for employment or an Apprenticeship within six months of starting their Traineeship.

The ideal candidate for these roles will enjoy working as a team, enjoy delivering excellent customer service, be able to communicate well with a wide variety of people, have strong organisational skills and an eye for detail - plus a can-do attitude, initiative and self-motivation.

The Traineeship will consist of five weeks of classroom based training followed by a minimum of 100 hours work experience to be completed over at least six weeks.

For more information, please contact Gary Robson, Regional Engagement Co-ordinator on Mobile Telephone 07580 864 637 or by e-mail.

New land-based and environmental industries website

Lantra, the Sector Skills Council for land-based and environmental industries, have launched a new careers website offering a wealth of careers resources including career factsheets, case studies, an A to Z of careers and an interactive RoleFinder. The website provides users with the tools and information they need to embark on a career in this exciting and diverse sector.

The website contains comprehensive and up-to-date details of careers in all 16 industries in the sector. From agriculture to animal care to floristry to forestry, it also includes downloadable careers factsheets outlining key areas such as working life, salaries and requisite skills and competencies. Routes into the industry are also explored, such as Apprenticeships or other qualifications, work experience and volunteering.

Important changes to the
Connexions on-line Vacancy service

We've made some changes to improve our on-line Vacancy service and help you make the best applications possible for jobs on our system.

Registered users may wish to update their Application Form/CV as Your Skills, Abilities and Interests has been divided into two new sections:

The new Skills and Abilities section is a chance for your CV to show employers that you're a good candidate.

The Interests and Hobbies section will be shown on your CV and on your application when you apply for jobs on-line.

Every time you apply on-line, you'll now be asked to enter supporting information for each opportunity you apply for. This is your chance to tell an employer why you are the best candidate, so remember to give as much relevant information as possible.

For more information call free on 0800 073 8700 between 8.30am-5pm Monday-Thursday, 8.30am-4.30pm Friday and ask for the Vacancy team.

National Minimum Wage increases from 1st October 2014

The National Minimum Wage is a legal right which covers almost all workers above compulsory school leaving age. The Government has announced new rates that will be implemented in October 2014:

 From 1st October 2013From 1st October 2014
Ages 16 and 17 £3.72 per hour £3.79 per hour
Ages 18-20£5.03 per hour £5.13 per hour
Aged 21 and over£6.31 per hour £6.50 per hour
Apprenticeship rate£2.68 per hour £2.73 per hour

The Apprenticeship rate is for apprentices under the age of 19 or in their first year of an Apprenticeship. Apprentices aged 19 or over who have completed their first year get the rate that applies to their age.

You must be at least the minimum school leaving age to get the National Minimum Wage.

Work-based learning Directory

If you're thinking about your future, but you're not sure about training or don't feel ready to start a full Apprenticeship programme, the Work-based learning Directory lists non-employed pre-Apprenticeship training opportunities available to young people in Tyne and Wear.

Each provider's entry has contact details, information about how to apply and an indication of the pre-Apprenticeship, Traineeships or foundation training offered.

For more information, download the current edition of the Work-based Learning Directory by clicking on the link in the Downloads menu on the right hand side of any page on the Connexions website, or speak to your Connexions Personal Adviser.

Find us on Facebook!

Connexions Hub Service have launched a new Facebook page. 'Like' us to find out details of new vacancies available on the Connexions On-line Vacancy Service, share information about local events and link with the Facebook pages of local Connexions service providers.

'Jobs Today!'

Download the latest edition of Jobs Today! by clicking on the link in the Downloads menu on the right hand side of any page on the Connexions website.

On-line vacancy service

Thousands of people use our free on-line vacancy service every year to look for job or Apprenticeship opportunities. You can sign up to receive free e-mail alerts to let you know when new jobs that match your requirements are available. You can also create and print your own CV using our on-line CV creator.

For more information, call free on 0800 073 8700, between 8.30am-5pm Monday-Thursday, 8.30am-4.30pm Friday and ask for the Vacancy team.

The Apprenticeships website has a wide range of Apprenticeship vacancies from across the country. Wages start at a minimum of £2.68 per hour but some are higher - the average Apprenticeship wage is £170.00 per week.

For more information, visit the Apprenticeships website.

Connexions services in Tyne and Wear