North Tyneside Council’s Employment and Skills service is made up of Connexions, Adult Learning and Employability Projects. Between April and December 2019, North Tyneside Council’s Employability Projects supported 77 adults into work, 59 into training and a further 35 into voluntary and work experience.
In addition, latest figures show (2018/19), 490 of the 1,144 learners supported by North Tyneside Council’s Adult Learning service had progressed into employment or further learning. One of the projects included Moving on Tyne and Wear, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund. Independent analysis of the programme by economic research firm Ecorys revealed that for every £1 invested in the Moving on Tyne and Wear programme generated a £1.40 return. The project specifically targets adults with mental and physical health issues and runs confidence-building and well-being programmes as well as providing interview and other pre-application support.
North Tyneside Council is one of 18 partners on the Moving on Tyne and Wear programme. Through the project, they supported Donna Mear into a placement as a trainee Marine Biologist at Blue Reef Aquarium, having received her qualifications years before but never entering the zoology sector. North Tyneside Council purchased the equipment needed for the placement, helped Donna complete her application and provided interview training. Donna now works part-time at the aquarium and hosts animal workshops and educational talks with schools – something she said she’d never thought she could have done without support from the council and Moving On Tyne and Wear. Donna is pursuing her PhD dream and hopes to begin in September.
Having lost his fingers on both hands, his right leg and half of his left foot following a bout of meningitis as a young child, Daniel felt his disability would hold him back. With the support of a work coach from Generation North East, who helped him find the apprenticeship, update his CV and practice interview techniques, Daniel secured a Business Admin Apprenticeship at North Tyneside Council and is looking forward to his career with renewed confidence.