Port of Tyne is pleased to announce support for local charity Smart Works Newcastle. Sponsorship from the Port over the next two years will contribute towards Smart Works Newcastle’s virtual employment service, supporting women in Tyneside to secure that all important job.
Smart Works Newcastle is an independent charity helping women across the North East secure employment by providing them with interview coaching and clothing, and ensuring they get the confidence they need to succeed in their interviews.
Smart Works Newcastle’s virtual service focuses on clients living in the North and South Tyneside areas. The virtual service will allow Smart Works Newcastle to support women who cannot travel to their Newcastle based office, meaning any female job seeker in the North East can receive employment support irrespective of geographical, childcare or financial barriers.
Smart Works Newcastle prides itself on being an efficient organisation with a small team to ensure that all of its funding delivers clear benefit and impact to clients, and the team hopes to broaden their reach to double the number of women they are able to support to 720 over the next financial year.
Louise Tinkler, Director of Human Resources at Port of Tyne, commented:
We are thrilled to be supporting Smart Works Newcastle to help them to continue to grow their service across the North East. They’re making a real impact with women in our area already and we are so pleased to be able to contribute towards that.
Helen Boyd, Centre Manager for Smart Works Newcastle, said:
We are delighted that Port of Tyne are providing funding to Smart Works Newcastle to enable us to deliver on our vision of supporting 720 women across the North East, and especially in Tyneside, many of whom will access the virtual service as they cannot travel to our centre in Newcastle.
As we start to move into the recovery stage after the pandemic, we expect to see the need for our service increase and we look forward to supporting more women with their journey into employment and financial independence.