Young people

If you are aged 16 – 24, living in Newcastle and looking to get into work and training, there’s a range of employability support to help you. Check out this page to find out more information

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Employability support

There are lots of organisations in the city who offer free advice and guidance, free employability programmes and a whole range of support to help you move you closer into work or training options, and to assist you with any barriers you have which you feel might be holding you back.

Click on the links below to look at the organisations’ websites for more information about the support they offer.

Otherwise, feel free to get in touch with the Skills Hub for advice and we’ll be able to suggest which organisations might be best suited to support you.

Newcastle City Council

Newcastle Careers Team help young people aged 16-18 in Newcastle who are not in education, employment or training.

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UXL logo

Newcastle UXL offers advice about apprenticeships and other work-based learning.

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Newcastle Futures logo

Newcastle Futures supports Newcastle residents aged 18+ to find and access job and training opportunities.

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Princes Trust logo

Prince’s Trust deliver a range of free employability programmes aimed at 11-30 year olds.

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Newcastle United Foundation logo

Newcastle United Foundation provide employability support for those aged 16+ to move them into and closer to the jobs market.

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Newcastle City Learning logo

Newcastle City Learning work with employers through the apprenticeship and traineeship programme and also offer study programmes for 16-19 year olds.

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Don’t forget to register with the Jobs @ Skills Hub portal to keep up to date with new jobs and opportunities as well as the range of support services available in Newcastle to help you on your career and employment journey. Sign up here.

By setting your preferences on the system, you will be matched to relevant opportunities when they are posted.

Our team are also available to help you if you would like some support getting into work, writing your CV, or applying for any of the opportunities you’ve seen.

I’ve heard about Kickstart – what is it?

Kickstart is a 6month paid job with a local employer, funded by the government.

Am I eligible?

If you are aged 16-24 and claiming Universal Credit you are eligible to apply. Talk to your work coach about the scheme and the current opportunities that are available.

Why Kickstart?

There are thousands of exciting opportunities available, and it’s a brilliant chance to develop your skills and future work prospects. Kickstart jobs are normally 25 hours a week and you’ll be paid at least the National Minimal Wage or National Living Wage depending on how old you are.

Watch this video to find out more about Kickstart

Confused about the different opportunities and pathways?

We understand that it can be confusing as there are plenty of different opportunities and schemes out there at the moment and trying to decide which is best for you isn’t always easy.

Here’s some information below about some of the different opportunities that you may have heard about. As always, feel free to get in touch with the Skills Hub – we’ll be able to help you identify which route may be the best for you.

Traineeships are a skills development programme to help prepare you for work. They can last from 6 weeks to 1 year and are suitable for those who haven’t got much work experience, or if you have an Education and Healthcare Plan.

Apprenticeships are suitable for those who are not in full-time education, for those 16+ and combine practical training in a job with study time too.

Kickstart is a 6 month paid job for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit.