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Thousands of potential construction jobs to be created

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.


Jobs "fantastic for Sunderland"

"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."

– Cllr Graeme Miller, Sunderland City Council

Hundreds of new jobs to be created in Sunderland

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."

– Claire Charlton, Locality manager for Housing 21

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.

Traders to find new premises

InShop chain going into liquidation. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Retailers trading from inside shopping parades, known as InShops, have to find new premises before this Friday (January 17th) as the chain is going into liquidation.

InShop centres in Consett, Bishop Aukland and Thornaby on Teesside are all affected.

It means around 45 small businesses will close down unless they can find a new place to trade from.

ITV has tried to contact the owner of InShop's but they decline to comment.


Army recruitment drive in the North East

Reservists training in Germany Credit: PA

The British Army is recruiting in the North East. Numerous jobs in the Regular Army and the Reserves ranging from bricklayers to IT specialist are available.

Army research shows many people don't consider a role in the army because they don't know what it involves. As a result, its holding careers evenings in Newcastle next week.

Trooper Marcus Cribb, 23, says:

"Being in the Army has opened up so many opportunities that I wouldn't have achieved elsewhere. I've gained new skills and had the opportunity to travel to Switzerland, all of which has been done in my spare-time."

Careers evenings are being held Tuesday 14th and 21st January from 7.30pm at the Army Reserve Centre, NE3 2EF.

There are also other regional events in Sunderland, Morpeth, Hexham, Blyth and Peterlee

Northallerton fights back after job losses

A couple of months ago it was announced that hundreds of jobs would be lost in Northallerton. Almost 500 jobs will go as a result of the closure of the local prison as well as the Rural Payments Agency.

This has left many concerned that families will struggle this Christmas and into the New Year. However, the community has decided to fight back. Local people are trying to help those who will lose their jobs to find other work. Frances Read has the story.

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