Advice and job opportunities on offer at careers fair

People looking for careers advice and potential job and training opportunities are being invited to a careers fair at Bishop Auckland College next week.


More than 60 employers, recruitment agencies and universities are attending the event at the college’s main Woodhouse Lane campus from 10am to 2.30pm on Wednesday March 8, which has been arranged to coincide with National Careers Week.

It is open to college students and apprentices as well as the wider general public, with students and teachers from local primary and secondary schools also attending.

Organisations taking part include: • American Summers • The Auckland Project • Beamish Museum • Believe Housing • British Army • County Durham Care Academy • Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) • Durham Constabulary • Durham County Council Culture & Leisure Services • Durham Enable • Durham University • EE • EQUANS-Group • Farrans Construction • GSK • HM Prison Service • Kier Construction • HM Treasury • NHS North East and Yorkshire • Newcastle Rugby Foundation • Northern School of Art • Northumbria University • Salon Services • South Durham Enterprise Service • Teesside University.

The college’s Student Progression Team has been working with the National Careers Service to plan skills workshops each day next week for current students.

Former hairdresser, college lecturer and HM Prison Service careers adviser Lyndsey Donald, now with the National Careers Service, will be delivering the ‘Buzz’ workshops. Students will use an interactive personality, skills and careers quiz to help identify their strengths and motivations and suggests career ideas that match their profile.

On Tuesday (March 7) Sergeant Shaz Sadiq from Durham Constabulary is giving a guest lecture to Uniformed Public Services students on how the force deals with hate crimes and how equality and diversity plays a significant role in policing.

South Durham Enterprise Agency will also be delivering ‘how to become self-employed’ sessions to Hair & Beauty and Health & Social Care students during the week.

Jennifer Phillips, Student Progression Manager at Bishop Auckland College, said: “Our Careers Fair is a fabulous opportunity for students and apprentices to speak to a wide range of professionals regarding career pathways, employment opportunities, apprenticeships and higher education.

“The event is open to members of the public and the wider community, so please tell your friends and family to come along – and bring their CV!”

National Careers Week #NCW2023 is an annual week-long celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK, which aims to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education. Find out more at

Any members of the public wishing to attend the Careers Fair can register at