First female plumber to be crowned North East's top apprentice in 101 years

Jill swapped a call centre job for a career in plumbing - and has now become the North East's top apprentice in the sector.

North East Chamber of Commerce warns firms must invest to counter skills shortages

Around 78% of North East firms who took part in a survey intend to invest in training over the next year

Confidence is returning to North East firms - Lloyds survey says

Research finds that 90% of firms in the region are planning to increase employee numbers in 2015

Parseq acquisition generates 150 new jobs in Sunderland

Parseq Limited expanded in Sunderland following the acquisition of 2Touch in the city in May this year

Gill Hale: Fighting today to hold on the gains first initiated over 100 years ago

Unison regional secretary Gill Hale asks why, a century after Lloyd George's People's Budget, we are still talking about the working poor

Beth Farhat: more needs to be done on equal pay

Regional head of TUC says women are still suffering lower pay as they get into their thirties and forties

Northumberland property man Hugh Fell helps launch rural recruitment venture

Hugh Fell and Rachel Fisher have launched Work Rural which aims to connect employers and jobseekers

Tech firm Leighton celebrates getting more women into technology

On average only 11% of IT employees in the UK are women, but Leighton are bucking that trend

Why the Living Wage could help 240,000 working people in the North East

One in four working people in the North East are not paid enough to support a basic standard of living. Antonia Paget looks at the issue of the Living Wage

Parties clash over claims North East economy is booming

David Cameron says a new 'spirit of entrepreneurship' is sweeping the North East while Labour highlights continued unemployment

Pledge by schools to work closer with industry leaders unveiled by business secretary Vince Cable

Business leaders in the North East have backed a binding pledge by schools and colleges to work closer with industry

Newcastle Council calling on young people to use its apprenticeship service after suffering a dip in numbers

Newcastle City Council has seen a fall in the number of young people using its apprenticeship service

Marking boycott set to affect students at two North East universities

The universities of Newcastle and Durham are set to stage a marking boycott over pensions

North Shields-based Maersk Training take jobseeker hunt to Manchester

The offshore wind training providers are eager to speak to jobseekers when they attend RenewableUK 2014, next month

Ashington onesie firm creates 'suitsie' for relaxed but business-like worker

The All-in-One Company, in Ashington, has produced a new clothing range offering cosy all-one-one suits and tuxedos

North East Chamber of Commerce outlines Autumn Statement priorities

Devolved powers, better infrastructure, and an upskilled workforce listed among measures that could boost the economy

County Durham teacher opens gaming centre - and employs former pupils to run it

Restless North East Ltd has opened in County Durham, 10 years after Andrew Aberdeen, 42, first thought of the idea

NECC chief says devolution and infrastructure spending should be top priority for the North East in Autumn Statement

NECC Chief executive James Ramsbotham called for Chancellor George Osborne to devolve more powers to the region in announcement on December 3

Parliament to debate more help for North East pit communities

The truth must come out about the miners' strike and whether the Tories misled the nation over pit closure plans

Hargreaves signals 120 potential redundancies at Yorkshire coke plant

The mining group also intends to raise its dividend payout level as capital is created by streamling strategy

Construction group CITB supports The Journal's Pay Fair campaign

The body responsible for construction skills training has launched its own framework to promote an ethical and diverse culture in the sector

North East firm Egger launches drive to attract more women into engineering

New initiative at Hexham-based firm Egger UK will see HR assistant focus on student engagement

Sports Direct bows to pressure over zero hours contracts

New rules over zero hours contracts come into effect next month at the sportswear giant

Global media sales firm NRS Media welcomed to Sunderland

NRS will have a team of 25 staff within a year - and there is potential to grow further

AMA Group eye second manufacturing facility

A director at the clothing manufacturer believes the "sky in the limit".

Nifco director's call to manufacturers at Durham Oktoberfest

Nifco UK's managing director says government money through the Employer Ownership Fund is going untouched

Six-figure government grant for Teesside's Nifco UK

Mike Matthews said the skills gap remains a 'real threat' but Government cash will help the company address the problem

Chloe Marsh: Being an intern shouldn't all be about brewing the tea and photocopying reports

Student and intern Chloe Marsh says it isn't just students who will benefit from meaningful internships - North East companies will too

UK Steel Enterprise announces £6m growth scheme

The new fund could unlock the potential for thousands of new, sustainable jobs

Beth Farhat: North East workers need fair pay

Regional head of the TUC Beath Farhat on how wages have been gone up during the recovery

New chief operating officer of skills specialist Semta on the need to bridge the skills gap

After taking over as head of skills specialist Semta, North East-born Ann Watson explains how employers and educators are joining forces to improve the quality of teaching and training in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects - essential to engineering and the future of the UK economy

New jobs on way as Stockton's Agile Group activates growth plan

Stockton-based Agile Group is seeking new people to fill a range of roles after adopting a new business model

South Tyneside Council commits to introduction of the national living wage

The council said it would pay its staff the minimum wage of £7.65 per hour to give them 'dignity and a better standard of living'

The Journal Opinion: Silver linings and clouds in the latest unemployment figures

The Journal's opinion column for Thursday, October 16, in which we welcome - with some reservations - the fall in the North East jobless figure

Tata Steel plans long products division sale

Tata Steel is planning on selling its Long Products division, affecting hundreds of Teesside workers

Gateshead College partnership offers transport sector apprenticeship opportunities

Both Go North East and Nexus have committed to training up apprentices to fill the skills gap in light of ageing workforces

Siemens signs five-year deal to lease space at Cobalt Park in North Tyneside

Global energy giant Siemens becomes the latest big name tenant to take up space at Cobalt Park in North Tyneside

Graham Robb: The North East is punching above its weight in the economic recovery

The chairman of the Institute of Directors in the North East on why the region has a good story to tell as it showcases its talents

Vocational 'prestige' needed to help tackle North skills crisis

Vocational qualifications should be given more prestige, according to education leaders at the North East Schools Summit

Joyce McCarty: How we are trying to help people before they end up on the streets of Newcastle

On any one night four or five people sleep rough on the streets of Newcastle. The council is working hard to put a roof over their heads

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