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Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Latest health advice and information on service disruptions.

Advice for jobseekers and people in work

Whether you're working, recently furloughed or looking for a job we know the uncertainty arising from Covid-19 is having a big impact on people's working lives.

We understand that residents are facing immediate challenges and need to access the right support quickly, but it is also a time when many people are thinking about what the future holds and what this means for their work and skills.

To make things a little easier in difficult circumstances we're bringing together all the information you need and putting it in one place. On this page you'll find information and links to keep you up to date and help you access support.

Government services and information - what you need to know

Guidance is published daily by Government and this includes advice for people who are:

Unable to work - what to do if someone you live with is ill

On furlough - what happens if your employer has no work for you

Unemployed - what to do if you've lost your job

Self-employed - what to do if you're getting less or no work

Already getting benefits - how they're affected

We're here to help

We are working with partners locally and regionally to help residents access the support they need. If you believe you would benefit from one-to-one advice or have a question get in touch with us today. Email us at

Please include a contact telephone number in your email and what your enquiry is about. We are receiving a high number of enquiries, but we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Job opportunities

Find a job

If you're looking for work, you can find full and part time jobs using the national Find a job service

The Department for Work and Pensions through Jobcentre Plus is also sharing jobs, events, job search and careers advice for Northumberland and Tyne and Wear 8am to 8pm seven days a week. Follow them on Twitter.

Gateshead Works

Gateshead Works is a locally focused job matching service providing a free to use recruitment service for residents and people looking to work within Gateshead.

Gateshead Works is delivered in partnership with Gateshead College, Northumbria University and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Find out more and register 

Support available if you're out of work

Whether you want to find a job now or you're thinking about working in the future we can help you.

Employment Services

We know that everyone's circumstances are not the same. We are all different. The support we can provide to help you move towards or into work recognises this. From an initial chat about your current circumstances to personalised coaching, we will support and encourage you to get the job that is right for you at the right time.

Find out more 

Training and Skills development

LearningSkills support for Gateshead residents

LearningSkills have made many of their courses available online, to help you stay safe while you stay home. Following the Government's advice, we've closed our centres for now. Our team are all working remotely and are on hand to provide any help you need.

If you're not one of our learners, why not have a look at the range of workshops and courses you can join? While we know these are challenging times, it's also a great time to learn something new. Whether it's a course to help you progress at work when you return, a workshop that helps you manage your stress, or a class that unlocks your artistic side.

If you're already one of our learners, your tutor will be in touch soon and provide course materials online or by post. We're still committed to keeping you on track and supporting your learning needs.

Stay safe and thrive online

Careers information, advice and guidance

Early Help Careers Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) Team

Our Early Help Careers IAG Team offers impartial advice and guidance to young people aged 13-19 to help them explore their vocational interests and access the labour market. Our team of experienced career advisors offers support to help young people understand the range of post-16 education, training and employment options. This includes 6th form studies, college courses, higher education, training and study programs as well as apprenticeships.

If you need help finding a job, we can help you with the following:

  • vocational information (for example what specific jobs involve, key skills / attributes, entry requirements, training routes)
  • labour market information
  • job / apprenticeship search
  • application forms
  • CVs
  • interview skills  

Our team are continuing to offer support during the lockdown through telephone appointments, emails and other virtual platforms. For further information, to speak to one of our advisors or book an appointment please use visit our webpage.

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service provide information, advice and guidance to help people make decisions on learning, training and work. Career tools are available on the website to help you:

  • learn more about the careers that interest you
  • discover your strengths and skills
  • find the right courses and training

Find out more

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