SPECIALIST career support is to be offered in Prudhoe.

An employment and skills service will be run out of the Prudhoe Community Hub - part of Prudhoe Community Partnership (PCP) - on the town's Front Street.

Initially, one day every week, staff will be on hand at the former Hays Travel shop to offer advice, alongside services and activities.

The National Careers service will attend on a weekly basis, while the Careers Support service will visit monthly. Representatives for the Apprentices Scheme and NHS Apprentices Scheme will also attend on a regular basis. Local employers will be invited to publicise their jobs vacancies or apprenticeships. 

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The service will complement the work of Community Action Northumberland (CAN), which offers long-term help out of the Spetchells Centre.

"When I was campaigning to represent Prudhoe North as a county councillor for Northumberland County Council, parents and young people repeatedly expressed their concerns that there was no local access to careers guidance, information on training opportunities and help to find apprenticeships and jobs", said Coun. Angie Scott, who has worked with Kevin Higgins, of the employability and regeneration service, Northumberland County Council, the authority's Kay Vout and chair of PCP, Caroline Warburton, on the service. "I promised the people of Prudhoe that I would not let our young people be left behind and would help them to realise their full potential by bringing the services to Prudhoe.  

"I researched services that other towns were offering to their young people and found that Brighton had a Youth Employment Hub which was an exciting new space in the heart of Kemptown village where friendly and knowledgeable staff were on hand to help young people consider options, make a plan of action and support them to achieve their goals. This was what we needed in Prudhoe."

The service will start from June 10.