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Boost for North East employment as new jobs and skills platform launches

A new jobs platform is set to create a boost for employment in the North East’s tourism and hospitality sectors.

Jobs@SkillsHub, which is being launched by Newcastle City Council, is a new job vacancy portal intended to support the region’s workers through the pandemic.

As well as job vacancies, the platform will help people find work experience, skills development opportunities and careers advice.

Michelle Percy, director of place at Newcastle City Council, commented: “With the furlough scheme set to end on 30 September, it is important that people have access to good job opportunities.

“The hospitality sector is a key part of our local economy and will play an important role in the city’s recovery, which is why we are supporting this recruitment drive.

“Through using Jobs@SkillsHub, people will find all the advice they need to help them get into work or find new career opportunities.”

Ian Thomas, director of leisure tourism and research at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “Our vibrant tourism and hospitality sector is integral to our region’s identity, and is often the first and lasting impression visitors have of our city.

“The sector in Newcastle and Gateshead alone, is worth an estimated £1.9bn, as of 2019, and maintaining the sector’s health is crucial to the recovery of our city, as well as the development of skills and employability of our residents.

“Following the reopening of the city centre after lockdown, and significant investments such as INNSiDE Newcastle hotel, Hard Rock Café and the announcement of a Moxy Hotel on Newcastle Helix, we have seen an increase in job vacancies which bring new opportunities for local jobseekers.

“We are encouraging jobseekers and local businesses alike, to use the fantastic services provided by Jobs@SkillsHub to access job and training opportunities, and to promote latest vacancies.”

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