Five industries where there are jobs for Teessiders

27 June 2019

Thinking about starting a new career? With UK employment at an all-time high, there’s never been a better time to look for a new job.

Discover five industries where there are jobs for people on Teesside.


According to national tech network Tech Nation, Middlesbrough’s digital businesses generated £188m in 2017.

And with a whopping 7,194 jobs available across Teesside’s thriving tech scene, there’s never been a better time to retrain.

Richard Baldwin enrolled on an Access to Computing course at Middlesbrough College to prepare for university study.  

He said: “I now have a good grounding in the subject I plan to study at degree level, having learnt about database analysis, website design and programming.

“The course has set me up really well and given me confidence – it’s opened a lot of different pathways and options for me.”

MC Digital at Middlesbrough College gives students like Richard the knowledge and skills employers want, helping them carve out an exciting career in the tech industry.

As well as learning in state-of-the-art facilities, there are also opportunities to undergo invaluable work experience, through the industry contacts of the College’s highly qualified tutors.

Social Care

Social care is about helping people with a particular need, such as people with disabilities and the elderly. There are reportedly around 110,000 vacancies in the sector at any given time – so there are plenty of opportunities available for people who want to start a career in care on Teesside.

Middlesbrough College health and care students Sophie Presley and Lucy Coles received a glowing report from staff at James Cook University following their work experience placement on a residential ward for elderly patients.

Now Sophie plans to embark on a career in healthcare, while Lucy has plans to explore options within the social care sector.

She said: “My favourite part of the course has been the placement; I have enjoyed building relationships with the long term residents.”

Professional services

Business skills such as management, human resources, marketing and finance are required by just about every organisation in the UK – and there are opportunities for rapid career progression.

Charlotte Frewin secured a full-time job at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) after she completed an apprenticeship in business administration with Middlesbrough College’s dedicated apprenticeship and training arm, Northern Skills Group.

She said: “My apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to gain invaluable workplace experience while completing a nationally-recognised qualification.”

Construction Management

If you’re looking to enter a new industry with untapped potential, there are a wealth of opportunities on offer in construction.

Richard Stelling had been out of education for 23 years when he enrolled on an Access to Built Environment course at Middlesbrough College to gain qualifications.

The course, which covers topics such as health and safety, construction technology and project management, is aimed at those who are returning to study after a long break – ideal for career changers or people looking to upskill.

He said: “The course is really good; I have particularly enjoyed studying maths. Maths has been a huge part of my job for many years so to be able to understand it was very rewarding.”

As one of the most important contributors to the UK economy, the construction industry provides excellent career prospects to those looking to take advantage of industry demand.   


From the NHS which employs more than 1.7 million staff, to residential and nursing homes or humanitarian aid for non-profit organisations, there are a range of diverse and rewarding careers in the healthcare sector.  

Mum-of-three Ellie Young returned to education to kick-start a new career in the healthcare sector, studying an Access course at Middlesbrough College before completing a midwifery degree and securing her dream job as a midwife at James Cook University Hospital.

Ellie said: “I was out of education for a long time so it was daunting coming back to study but I was supported all the way through.

“I always liked the idea of caring for people; it’s an ideal profession for me as I love coming home from work knowing that I have made a difference to someone’s life.”

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