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Careers advice

Young people

Connexions is a confidential advice and support service for:

  • 13 - 19 year olds
  • up to age 25 for young people with special needs

Connexions offers:

  • apprenticeships and other work-based learning opportunities
  • advice and support on education
  • training
  • careers - including cv and letter writing tips
  • employment
  • health and personal development opportunities
  • opportunities to work and learn the way you want
Connexions contact details
Day Time Location
Monday 2-4pm North Shields Library
Tuesday 1-4pm White Swan Centre
Wednesday 10am-noon Whitley Bay Library
Thursday 10am-noon Youth Village
Friday 1-4pm Wallsend Library

To make an appointment, contact:

Telephone: (0191) 643 6965

Young people with learning difficulties / disabilities

If your child has learning difficulties or disabilities, local colleges offer access to:

  • practical life and work skills
  • community and leisure activities
  • vocational tasters
  • vocational programmes


Tyne Metropolitan College
Telephone: (0191) 229 5000

For work based opportunities, contact student services at the college or your child’s Connexions adviser.

National careers service

For help and advice on career choices, visit the National careers service.

Employment opportunities in North Tyneside

North Tyneside was known for opportunities in:

  • shipbuilding
  • coal mining
  • manufacturing
  • fishing

This has changed over the years and now the majority of people work in:

  • public administration
  • health
  • education
  • finance
  • IT
  • tourism
  • hospitality

Manufacturing and construction still offer significant employment opportunities This could increase with new regeneration developments planned for the banks of the Tyne, focused on marine, renewable energy and offshore technologies.

The Quorum, Cobalt and Silverlink business centres provide quality business accommodation, attracting:

  • large sector companies - such as Orange, Virgin, Newcastle Building Society
  • smaller to medium sized companies

For more information about the profile of business and employment in North Tyneside, visit:

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