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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.
Christmas 2013 and New Year 2014 Opening Times
The Connexions Vacancy team will close at 12noon on Friday 20th December but will be open as normal on Monday 23rd December 2013. Lines will close for the Christmas 2013 and New Year 2014 holidays at 2pm on Tuesday 24th December 2013 and re-open as normal at 8.30am on Thursday 2nd January 2014. You can still apply for job and Apprenticeship opportunities on-line during this time, but applications won't be processed until we re-open on Thursday 2nd January 2014.
Connexions Gateshead will close at 5pm on Monday 23rd December 2013 and re-open on Thursday 2nd January 2014 between 1pm-4pm and Friday 3rd January 2014 between 10am-4pm. Normal operating hours will resume from Monday 6th January 2014.
Connexions Newcastle upon Tyne at Newcastle City Library will close on Monday 23rd December 2013 at 5pm and re-open as normal on Thursday 2nd January 2014 at 9am.
North Shields Connexions Centre close at 12noon on Tuesday 24th December 2013 and will re-open as normal on Thursday 2nd January 2014 at 9am.
South Tyneside Services for Young People at Ocean Road Community Association will close at 5pm on Friday 20th December and re-open as normal on Monday 6th January 2013 at 9am.
Sunderland Connexions Centre will close on Tuesday 24th December 2013 at 4pm and re-open as normal on Thursday 2nd January 2014 at 1pm.
Houghton Connexions Centre will close at 4pm on Tuesday 24th December 2013 and re-open as normal on Thursday 2nd January 2014 at 1pm.
Washington Connexions Centre will open as normal between 1pm-5pm on Monday 23rd December 2013. The Connexions Centre will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period and will open on Thursday 2nd January and Friday 3rd January 2014 between 1pm-4pm.
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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.
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.
The Government has changed the law so that if you left Year 11 in summer 2013, you will be expected to stay in some form of learning until at least the end of the academic year in which you turn 17. If you started Year 11 in September 2013, you will be expected to stay in learning until you are 18.
If you need financial support to help you continue in learning, the 16-19 Bursary Fund can help young people who need the most help (eg, those in care, teenage parents and those with a disability) to apply for assistance worth up to £1,200 to help them with costs like transport or essential course equipment.
National Minimum Wage
The National Minimum Wage is a legal right which covers almost all workers above compulsory school leaving age. It generally increases every year on 1st October. The rates from 1st October 2013 are:
|Ages 16 and 17||£3.72 per hour|
|Ages 18-20||£5.03 per hour|
|Aged 21 and over||£6.31 per hour|
|Apprenticeship rate||£2.68 per hour|
You must be at least the minimum school leaving age to get the National Minimum Wage.
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.
For more information call the Pay and Work Rights Helpline on 0800 917 2368, textphone 0800 121 4042 or visit the GOV.UK website.
Connexions Gateshead revised opening hours
From Monday 30th September 2013, the Connexions Centre in Gateshead will be operating revised opening times:
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 9.30am-5pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays 1pm-5pm
To make an appointment outside these hours, please contact the Connexions Centre on Direct Line 0191 433 6800.
North Shields Connexions Centre revised opening times
From Monday 2nd September 2013, North Shields Connexions Centre will be operating revised opening times. The Connexions Centre will now be open Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-4.30pm.
Connexions Sunderland revised opening hours
From Monday 9th September 2013, the Connexions Centres in Sunderland, Houghton and Washington will be operating revised opening times. For more information, visit the Connexions Sunderland homepage.
Labour Market Information Portal
The Labour Market Information Portal provides up to date labour market information for the Tyne and Wear, Durham and Northumberland areas.
The Portal provides, at a glance, access to local information about the population, employment, economy, industry movements and job vacancies.
The Portal provides a number of informative and in-depth videos about careers in a number of industries in the North East.
For more information, visit the Labour Market Information Portal website.
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.
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.