A community organisation has helped seven people into work in just two weeks.
Blyth-based BRIC was established in 1983 in response to the rising levels of unemployment in the area following the closure of many of the areas mines and shipyards.
BRIC has since been providing employment support and education for more than 30 years, assisting people to raise their education levels and skills in order to progress into employment or further training.
Centre manager Cath George said: “Through funding from Lloyds Foundation we were able to recruit an additional member of staff to drive the employment department.
“We have been working with local employers to find our unemployed clients opportunities and provide them with training and guidance to gain employment.
“As a result of this work we are happy to announce we have successfully attained 40-hour week contracts for seven people from Blyth at a local factory, which is a great achievement.”
BRIC offers a wide variety of accredited, non-accredited and vocational courses as part of our education programme including maths, English and basic computing, offering advice and helping people to raise their levels of education in support of them progressing into further education or employment.