Campaign launched to highlight career opportunities in the North East

The Chamber has launched an ambitious campaign to keep talented young people in North East England and ensure they know about all of the great career opportunities open to them.

In partnership with Nifco UK, the Chamber has developed information on Great Reasons to Build Your Career in North East England, full of positive facts about employment and living in the region. These include details on growing sectors such as life sciences, with £38m invested in the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre in Darlington, an estimated 27,000 manufacturing jobs available by 2022 and house prices 30% lower than the national average.

Mike Matthews, Chamber President, and managing director, Nifco UK said: “This campaign came about as Chamber members found young people were often unaware of great employment opportunities on their doorstep. We have world-leading innovative and exciting companies in sectors predicted to grow in the next 10 years including electric vehicles, renewable energy, life sciences, software and app development. Our future workforce, whether they are graduates, apprentices or school leavers, need to realise there is are so many exciting career opportunities within easy reach, offering access to a great quality of life right here in the North East.”

All of the specific facts were collected in response to research undertaken with students around the North East which asked questions about their understanding of the labour market and how they approached planning for their future careers.

The Great Reasons material is available here. For more information and to find out how to get involved, please contact Paul Carbert at