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Hundreds of jobs on offer in event at St James’ Park

St James' Park plays host to SHINE job fair for some of the region's biggest employers. Credit: PA

Hundreds of jobs with some of the region's biggest employers will be on offer today, October 16, at the SHINE recruitment event at St James' Park.

Jobseekers can attend workshops and find out about some of the 1,000 vacancies available from employers, who include Tesco Bank, More Than and BT/Manpower, between 10am-4pm.

More than 400 people have signed up to take part in a 'talent showcase' where there is a chance to walk away with a job offer at the fair itself.

Plans submitted for £2bn potash mine on national park

York Potash Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Final plans are being submitted to create Europe's largest potash mine. York Potash hope to build the £2bn mine on the North York Moors National Park. Campaigners argue it could ruin the environment but supporters say it would bring jobs.

Last year, the controversial plans were deferred till now. York Potash asked for more time to submit further details on the application - deferring the decision for a third time.

Read More: York Potash mine plans up for discussion

North York Moors National Park Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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Jobs boost after Billingham Quorn factory announces expansion plans

Quorn manufacture. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

400 new jobs are coming to Teesside with the expansion of a vegetarian food factory.

Quorn Foods Limited says 100 people will be employed during the construction phase at its site in Billingham and a further 300 will be taken on once the expansion is complete.

The £30 million investment comes after a rise in demand for the meat substitute.

Unemployment in North East drops by 10,000

A total of 124,000 people were unemployed in the North East Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Unemployment in the North East fell to 9.3% over the three months to February. The current jobless rate now stands at 124,000, meaning 10,000 fewer people out of work than in the previous quarter.

The North East still has the highest unemployment rate in the UK.

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'No delay' in RGF distribution, according to Minister

Earlier this year the National Audit Office found a significant amount of the Government's Regional Growth Fund was still to be allocated.

Today, the Minister Simon Hughes said there is no longer any delay in distributing the money, which is designed to boost jobs and growth in areas reliant on the public sector.

Mr Hughes was speaking as he announced eleven winning North East projects, which will receive support from the fifth round of the RGF:

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