News & Events

News & Events

Quorum Jobs Fair 2019

The annual Quorum Jobs Fair takes place on Thursday 2 May where hundreds of opportunities will be on offer for job seekers.

The event at Quorum Business Park in North Tyneside will showcase the various jobs that are currently available as well as upcoming opportunities.

There will be vacancies within IT, finance, sales, customer services, shared services and public sector. Information about entry-level roles, graduate positions and senior posts as well as apprenticeship and training opportunities will be available.

Quorum Business Park features major employers such as Engie, Tesco Bank, Balfour Beatty, Greggs, Convergys, Fabricon, British Engines, Insure the Box and Sitel.

The event is organised by North Tyneside Council and Quorum Business Park.

The jobs fair takes place between 10am and 3pm at building Q12 at Quorum Business Park.

The Quorum shuttle bus, number 555 will operate a free service to and from Four Lane Ends between 9:30am and 3:30pm. The bus leaves from stand C at Four Lane Ends Metro Station.

Quorum is one of the UK’s leading business parks offering superb accommodation, amenities and landscaping.

Onsite facilities include the Kids 1st Nursery, Pure Gym, Greggs and the Eat@cafe, alongside sporting facilities such as tennis courts, a seven-a-side football pitch and table tennis tables.

All staff at Quorum Business Park benefit from the Q card scheme. The Q card offers a variety of benefits including discounts at local restaurants, hotels, shops and entertainment venues as well as travel discounts on buses travelling to Quorum.

For more information about careers at Quorum Business Park visit

National Apprenticeship Week

Get Up and Go for National Apprenticeship Week

There will be opportunities aplenty to discover in North Tyneside as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

The week runs from March 4 – 8 and the council has been working with local schools and businesses to showcase the achievements and benefits of apprenticeships and highlight opportunities.

Activities and events will take place at locations across the borough, as part of a coordinated effort to spread the word about the benefits for employers, individuals, communities, and the local economy.

The week will culminate with the popular Get Up and Go event on Saturday 9 March, at the council’s HQ on Cobalt Business Park, which aims to help young people and their parents/carers learn about opportunities across a range of occupational areas for which an apprenticeship can provide an entry route.

Advisers from the Connexions service will be at the event to offer any advice or information, if necessary.
For further information on the Get Up and Go event, contact the Connexions service on (0191) 643 6965.
To find out more about apprenticeships in North Tyneside, email: or visit

Get Into Cobalt

18th March – 29th March 2019, 10AM – 3:00PM

Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside is the biggest office park in the UK.

Some of the world’s top companies are located at Cobalt including Accenture, EE, Siemens, Leeds and Newcastle Building Societies and Santander.
A number of companies based on the park are currently looking for motivated, enthusiastic people to fill a range of job opportunities at entry level and above.

If you live in North Tyneside we are offering you the chance to find out more about the type of roles available and learn about the skills required to access those jobs and apprenticeships. The 10 day programme will also help you understand career progression as well as experience first-hand what it’s like working in a modern business location.

Digital Support for Universal Credit Claimants

Over 420 claimants have been provided with support by our dedicated UC Digital Support Officer since April 2018. The officer is supporting claimants to make UC claims online in Jobcentres, Customer First Centres and partner’s premises.

Special Educational Needs Disabilities (SEND) Education Pathways

Discussions are taking place with schools, parents and pupils to promote our new programme supporting Young People with SEND, which will commence in September 2019. The programme, which will include Independent Living training and a Vocational Study Programme and Advanced Study Programme is attracting a lot of interest. The aim is to support 26 young people.

Additional Maths Classes

Due to an increased demand and enrolment of learners, the Adult Learning Service is running additional maths classes this term. The 2018-19 academic year has seen an increase in English and maths enrolments. Please phone us if your interested: 0191 643 2288.

Addressing Mental Health issues through Adult Learning

The Adult Learning tutors are successfully supporting disadvantaged local residents to improve their mental health and move on in their lives. ‘Susan’ suffered from agoraphobia and mental health problems and it took a lot of courage for her to enrol on maths and English classes. Since then she has attended regularly and passed her entry level maths and English qualifications. Alongside this tutors supported her to complete a qualification in Personal and Social skills which helped develop thinking through some of the personal issues she was facing. She is now working towards achieving Functional Skills level 1 in maths and English.

Susan’s growth in confidence has been amazing – before Christmas she went on holiday for the first time in twenty years. Up until recently she would not leave home or use public transport without support. Susan started her new job two weeks ago working in a local staff canteen. She says ‘I have loads more confidence than what I used to have. A year ago I wouldn’t even go out the house by myself. Staff have been really helpful too and listen to anything and help with anything I find difficult. I’ve got a job now which I never thought would be possible but thanks to coming here it has happened.’

Wise Steps … small steps to progression for our most vulnerable residents

John was one of the first participants signed up onto Wise Steps programme, over eighteen months ago. When he first met his coach, he would not look him in the eye, he would not engage properly and would not commit to a “yes / no” answer but responded with either a shrug or occasionally an “I guess”. He was regularly missing his Jobcentre Plus (JCB) signing appointments or turned up late and was unconcerned about the consequences, such as being sanctioned. John never left his house, unless to go to JCP, and really lacked any focus in terms of what he wanted to do with his life.

His coach provided significant support and persevered with him, eventually establishing a routine with him. It was the start of his journey from social exclusion and he got into a routine of having to go somewhere once a week and someone to genuinely listen and take an interest in him. Gradually he became more and more comfortable engaging and slowly but surely he spoke more and contributed positively in the appointments, accepting a suggestion of counselling, and commencing voluntary work.

John currently volunteers in VODA head office answering web enquiries and updating their database. His coach provides ongoing support and feedback from the VODA manager is that he is a great asset and help to their operations. For John the transition has been remarkable, taking such a huge step to try and gain valuable knowledge and improve his confidence. Work continues to look at longer term goals for John’s participation in society to grow.

Residents learning new foreign languages

Local residents have taken the opportunity to start the New Year by learning a foreign language. Thirty seven people have enrolled on beginners Spanish, French and German courses and commented:

‘I arrived at the start of the course terrified of languages because of my experiences at school. This is wonderful’
‘I love the social side; the conversations in German’
‘I’m enjoying every minute’
‘There is nothing that you could do to improve the course. The tutor is brilliant!’

Why don’t you give us a call today and see where a new language could take you!