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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 Hub Services Vacancy service 

The Connexions Hub Services Vacancy service will be closed for Easter from 5pm on Thursday 17th April 2014 and will re-open as normal at 8.30am on Tuesday 22nd April 2014.

You can still apply for jobs and Apprenticeships on-line over the Easter weekend and your applications will be processed when normal service resumes on Tuesday 22nd April.

Student Finance England application service for returning students

Students who are returning to their studies in the 2014/2015 academic year can now re-apply to Student Finance England (SFE). For more information visit the GOV.UK website .

Gateshead Connexions Centre - important notice

Gateshead Connexions Centre at the Interchange Centre in Gateshead closed on Friday 14th March 2014.

Connexions Gateshead will continue to:

  • Offer impartial information, advice and guidance to 13-19 year olds (and up to 25 for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities)
  • Work with young people in or out of learning or employment
  • Work with schools, colleges, training providers and employers
  • Support young people seeking further education, training, employment, and Apprenticeships, including the skills to access opportunities, such as how to complete application forms, write a CV and handle interviews
  • Support young people facing issues relating to social, health and welfare problems
  • Put young people in touch with other people who can help

Young people will be able to make an appointment to see an adviser at the Citizen Advice Bureau (CAB), Swan Street, Gateshead (behind Jobcentre Plus, opposite Tesco) on Mondays 1pm-4pm, Wednesdays 2pm-5pm and Thursdays 1pm-4pm. To make an appointment, text/call 07768 938 080/0191 433 6800.

Don’t forget to 'Like' Connexions Gateshead on their Facebook page!

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