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Location: Newcastle
Date: March 15, 2022
North East charity, Smart Works Newcastle hosted a first of its kind event designed to help more women find employment in the region.


With 10 of the North East’s biggest employers in attendance, including Tyne and Wear Fire Service, Greggs and Home Group, female job seekers were able to find exciting new roles and access free interview advice, support and clothing.

Helen Boyd, Centre Manager at Smart Works Newcastle, said: “We were thrilled to be hosting our first Jobs fair.

“We hear time and again from employers who want more women in their workforce, and so we decided that through a jobs fair, we could not only give organisations a platform to share vacancies but provide some brilliant job opportunities to north east women.

“It’s also a great chance for us to showcase Smart Works Newcastle and to support those women into roles and gain financial independence.”

Home Group, one of the North East’s top 20 employers, attended advertising numerous positions, including Client Service Managers, Support Workers and Lead Support Workers, as well as Customer Service Advisors, Trades Roles, Maintenance Surveyors and Administrators.

Susan Fulton, Director of People at Home Group, said: “This is our first Smart Works Newcastle jobs fair and [we were] really excited to be part of it. It’s an event that support[ed] anyone who identifies as female in building their confidence and self-belief in order to provide the best platform to succeed in job interviews and start a new chapter in their lives.

With over 100 women attending, many attendees now have interviews in the pipeline. The success of Women into Work has not gone unnoticed, with a similar event being held in Manchester later this month.