Careers Updates - November 2020

National Careers Service Virtual Jobs Fair

The National Careers Service Virtual Jobs Fair returns this week, promoting local job, apprenticeship and volunteering opportunities. The fair will be virtually visiting the North East and Cumbria on Thursday 19th November from 9am - 12pm. Taking part in the Virtual Jobs Fair is easy, people can simply search for vacancies using the hashtags #NECJobsFair #VirtualJobsFair on Twitter or follow the National Careers Service social media channels to find vacancies in their area. To see what’s on offer in their local fair and access the careers advice events taking place, people can register for free here

My North East Choices

Following on from the Careers and Enterprise Company’s national My Choices event in August 2020, they have been busy developing a local version of this event that is targeted at young people, as well as their parents/carers, who are currently in Year 11 and above and who are considering their next steps. There are two events planned:

  1. Tuesday 24 November (4-5pm) – for those young people currently in Year 11
  2. Thursday 26 November (4-5pm) – for those young people currently in Years 12-14

Both events are being hosted on the Learn Live online platform here.
The broadcasts will focus on the full range of options that young people have at the different stages of their education, employment or training including A levels, T levels, Vocational Qualifications, Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Degree Apprenticeships/School Leaver Programmes as well as Employment and Entrepreneurship - with details of opportunities from local providers/employers, as well as the views of young people.

It will also provide details of where individuals can find out more information, including through a Live Chat function (with a panel of experts) that will be available during the live events.

To register, which is free, you need to go to https://learnliveuk.com/partner/my-north-east-choices/

New College Durham – Live Chat

New College Durham have a Careers Adviser available daily on LiveChat to help with any queries or questions Year 11 students may have about Post 16 courses. Please see below for times when an Adviser will be available to talk to live. Outside of these hours people can still leave a message via LiveChat on the New College Durham website and an Adviser will be in touch via email ASAP.

Monday - Thursday         3.00 – 5.00pm

Friday                                 3.00 – 4.00pm

The live chat can be accessed via the New College Durham website: https://www.newcollegedurham.ac.uk/ live chat is in the bottom right hand corner of the Homepage.

Looking for an apprenticeship?

https://www.northeastjobs.org.uk - Put 'Apprent​iceships' in the top search box  from the drop down menu and then press the search button.

Find an Apprenticeship - search the government's apprenticeship website.

Looking for a job?

Use the Government's 'Find a Job' service to search and apply for jobs on their website. Click here to go to their website.

National Careers Service support

The National Careers Service is still available to offer support with careers, jobs and learning over the phone, online and through social media. If you, or someone you know needs support, get in touch on 0800 100 900 or find them online.

New National Careers Service pages


The National Careers Service has recently gone live with its new website homepage design. It introduces digital tools in a more user-friendly way and gives much more prominence to the careers advice content on the website.

New topics, particularly pertinent in the labour market include:

1. Creating a LinkedIn profile 
2. How to do well in telephone interviews 
3. How to do well in video interviews 
4. How to find a virtual internship 
5. Advice on a gap year 
6. How to find graduate schemes 

Visit the National Careers Service website.

Durham Works

Calling all school leavers! Wondering what to do next? DurhamWorks can work with you to explore employment, education and training. You can talk to one of our advisors on our online chat facility about your future career visit  www.durhamworks.info and look for the green icon on right hand side, call us on 03000 262 930 or contact us via the website https://durhamworks.info/your-future/get-started