More than 120 jobs are to be created when a new restaurant opens its doors on Tyneside.
The new flagship Jamie Oliver eaterie is set to open in March and will be in Newcastle’s Monument Mall in the heart of the city centre.
During a recruitment campaign for Jamie’s Italian, the team worked with Newcastle College, Intraining and Job Centre Plus to help long-term unemployed people in the North East get back to work.
Five days of interviews have been planned and will take place at Newcastle College with successful candidates invited back to the college for two induction days, hosted by the chief executive of the Jamie’s Italian group.
Jobs on offer include kitchen, bar and front of house and potential candidates will be selected based on their personality and passion for food and good customer service.
Abi Bundy, operations manager at Intraining, said: “We are delighted to be working with Jamie’s Italian. This partnership provides fantastic opportunities for local unemployed people who are looking to return to work and have an interest in hospitality.
“The candidates don’t need to have vast experience; they just have to demonstrate that they have a passion for good food and are willing to be part of a dynamic team.
“The pre-employment training that we will provide will give them the basics they need, but it is their personality ultimately that will shine through.”