The Justice Minister Simon Hughes has been visiting Tinsley Special Products on Teesside, which is one of 11 North East companies receiving money in the latest round of the Regional Growth Fund.
The RGF aims to help businesses expand and create jobs, and is aimed particularly at areas reliant on the public sector.
Hundreds of jobs in the North East will be secured and created thanks to a funding boost from the government.
Eleven companies across the region will get a share of £57 million being put towards business growth.
Cleveland Potash Limited is one of the eleven to receive a grant.
Ahead of the Chancellor's Budget, people from all over the North East have been telling ITV News Tyne Tees how the government could help.
Jon Connolly from Sunderland wants to see more help for jobseekers. He worked as a site manager but was made redundant in January.
Here he is in his own words telling us what life is like for him now:
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BT has announced it will create more than 1000 new apprenticeships and graduate jobs, which are likely to include 50 in the North East. The jobs were earmarked for Northumberland, Newcastle and Sunderland.
The telecoms company also pledged to provide up to 1,500 vocational training and work experience placements for unemployed young people across the country over the next 18 months. Those posts would last for four to seven weeks and would be aimed at 18-24 year olds.
New recruits are needed for 'Britain's best summer job' - beach lifeguarding for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
Candidates need to prove they are courageous, selfless, trustworthy and dependable to make the grade.
Recruitment is now open for this summer's crop of beach lifeguards to be stationed around the UK and Channel Islands.
Successful applicants will receive world-class training in search and rescue, lifesaving and casualty care techniques, as well as boosting their CVs.
Recruits will also be trained in using lifesaving equipment including rescue boards, tubes and defibrillators.
RNLI lifeguards patrol over 200 beaches. Last year they saved 100 lives, rescued 1,567 people and responded to more than 19,500 incidents.
To find out more, visit www.rnli.org.uk/jobs.
"Working as a lifeguard has got to be Britain's best summer job.
"Of course it's incredible to be able to call the beach your office but far more importantly than that, you could save a life this summer. And the skills you'll learn will benefit you for the rest of your life.
"But make no mistake, this is a demanding job requiring commitment, skill and a clear head.
"We want people with the courage, determination and good sense to draw on their training and make the right decision if someone's life is in danger."
Thousands of construction jobs could be created in the North East over the next five years according to a new report.
Long term housing projects are helping to increase demand for a skilled workforce.
However, after so many workers left the industry during the recession, the challenge now is getting those skills back, and training up young people, as Katie Oakes reports.
Watch her full report below.
Kevin Chatterton, Construction Director at Keepmoat, tells ITV News about the potential for new jobs in the construction industry.
More than 13,000 construction jobs could be created in the North East by 2018, according to a new report.
Long-term projects, like a £255m scheme to build 1,800 homes at Scotswood in Newcastle, are expected to help with the increased demand for a skilled workforce.
The Construction Industry Training Board (CITD) who published the report say the average output for private housing is expected to grow 4.7% annually until 2018.
"It's fantastic for Sunderland that the extra care housing programme is not only providing new homes for older people but also bringing with it a significant employment boost for the city.
"The creation of 350 new jobs is great news for our communities and our economy as well as being an excellent opportunity for local people."
Around 350 new jobs will be created in Sunderland.
Housing 21 is creating the posts to help meet the housing and care needs of the city's older people.
The company say they have already started to recruit as part of an 18-month programme of new home development.
There are five extra care schemes already or soon to come under development. The company currently employ 180 people and are hoping this will rise to around 550 by March 2015.
"These jobs are great news for local people. Among the new jobs we are creating are service team managers, care co-ordinators, administrators, senior care workers, care workers and domestic staff."
The first vacancies are at Dovecote Meadow in Fordfield Road.
Further vacancies will be available at the new extra care schemes in Hendon, Roker and Southwick.