Volunteering

Give your time, get so much in return

Volunteering is a great way to get ahead in the jobs market while you’re at College. 

It’ll help you to learn new skills and will put you in a better position when applying for jobs. These days, employers are looking for people who can show that they have more to give than just qualifications and volunteering can give your career prospects a real boost.

Our students choose to volunteer for a number of reasons. Some want to gain hands-on experience in an industry they would like to work in. Others choose to volunteer in something that they just feel passionate about. Either way, it’s an experience which will give you more to add to your CV and more to talk about at interview.

At Gateshead College, we are always looking for great opportunities to give you the chance to get involved and these range from everything from opportunities within the NHS, law firms, retail, museums, sports and catering right through to events and festivals. For example, during 2015, many of our students got involved in the BBC6 Music Festival throughout Newcastle and Gateshead getting the opportunity to work with crew, producers and musicians.

What's in it for me?

By volunteering, you will make a real difference to the organisation you’re volunteering for, but you will also gain a whole lot too.

Gain new skills
Get hands-on experience
Strengthen your CV
…and something extra to talk about at an interview
Give your confidence a boost
Meet new people

Apprentice Commis Chef with Purple Bear Bars

Apprenticeship

Working alongside the kitchen team, you will assist in the preparation cooking and...

  • 12th Sep 2017

Level 2 Customer Service Apprentice

Apprenticeship

An exciting opportunity has become available for the right candidate to join the ClicTime...

  • 8th Sep 2017

Apprentice Retail Assistant (Specialist) with Latimer's Seafood

Apprenticeship

Working for a multi-award winning, family run seafood business on the coast at Whitburn,...

  • 7th Sep 2017

Customer Service Apprentice

Apprenticeship

An excellent opportunity has become available for the right candidate to join the team as...

  • 6th Sep 2017

Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship with Dawson and Sanderson

Apprenticeship

The Corporate Travel Services department requires a business administration apprentice...

  • 6th Sep 2017

Level 3 Bricklaying Apprentice

Apprenticeship

Pennine Home Improvements are seeking advanced bricklaying apprentices. This is an...

  • 6th Sep 2017

Creative Apprentice with Bowes Museum

Apprenticeship

The Bowes Museum is looking for an enthusiastic and well-organised individual to work...

  • 6th Sep 2017

Apprentice Hospitality Team Member with Latimer's Seafood

Apprenticeship

Working for a multi-award winning, family run seafood business on the coast at Whitburn,...

  • 23rd Aug 2017

Apprentice Commis Chef with Latimer's Seafood

Apprenticeship

Working for a multi-award winning, family run seafood business on the coast at Whitburn,...

  • 23rd Aug 2017

IT Application Specialist Apprentice with ATEB IT Solutions Ltd

Apprenticeship

About the company ATEB IT Solutions work alongside their customers to provide solutions...

  • 9th Aug 2017

Business Administration Apprentice with Robertson's Facilities Management

Apprenticeship

Robertson is one of the largest independently owned construction, infrastructure and...

  • 9th Aug 2017

Apprentice Commis Chef - The Sage Gateshead

Apprenticeship

Working alongside the kitchen team, you will assist in preparing cooking and garnishing...

  • 2nd Aug 2017

Apprentice Commis Chef - Mac 'n' Alli

Apprenticeship

Mac N Alli is a retro / vintage themed Bistro & Tea room based in South Shields. All...

  • 28th Jul 2017

Apprentice Commis Chef - Marriott Metrocentre

Apprenticeship

Working alongside the kitchen team, you will assist in preparing cooking and garnishing...

  • 28th Jul 2017

Hospitality Apprentice

Apprenticeship

Situated in the heart of Birtley, Thought Foundation is a thoughtful arts and cultural...

  • 26th Jul 2017

Marketing Placement - Urban Candle

Volunteer and work placements

This is an exciting Marketing Opportunity to work alongside the founder and creator of...

  • 3rd Jul 2017

Marketing Placement - Annie Barr

Volunteer and work placements

This placement will allow you to gain a hands on work experience working within a small...

  • 3rd Jul 2017

Marketing/Business Placement - Square Peg

Volunteer and work placements

Do you have an interest in marketing/business or an interest of social...

  • 3rd Jul 2017

Marketing/Business Placement (2 way)

Volunteer and work placements

Opportunity to support community business by researching fee...

  • 3rd Jul 2017

Business Administration Apprenticeship with Premier Waste Recycling

Apprenticeship

Premier Waste Recycling have a vacancy for a Business Administration Apprentice who will...

  • 22nd Jun 2017

Business Administration Apprentice - Green Energy Consulting

Apprenticeship

We are looking for a dynamic Apprentice to work for a progressive company based in...

  • 13th Jun 2017

Admin Assistant (1)

Getting a job

With almost 800 staff and partners across a network of offices nationwide, we are the...

  • 23rd May 2017

Level 3 Hairdressing Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship

Our Gateshead hair salon has L'Oreal trained staff offering styling, colouring, colour...

  • 22nd May 2017

Level 2 Hairdressing Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship

Our Gateshead hair salon has L'Oreal trained staff offering styling, colouring, colour...

  • 22nd May 2017

Digital Marketing Placement

Volunteer and work placements

Digital Marketing Placement project - to work within an established estate agent/lettings...

  • 18th May 2017

Digital Marketing Work Placement

Volunteer and work placements

Digital Marketing Placement project - to work within Brockbushes Farm - Stocksfield.  If...

  • 18th May 2017

Business Administration Apprenticeship with Springfield Drive Ltd

Apprenticeship

This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to become part of the Springfield...

  • 16th Mar 2017

Culinary Apprentice with Marriott Metrocentre

Apprenticeship

Brief overview of the role As a Culinary Apprentice Chef you are responsible...

  • 18th Oct 2016

Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship

The Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship programme can offer you a position within...

  • 24th Mar 2016

Apprentice Chef - Close House

Apprenticeship

This position will involve the applicant taking on the role of Apprentice Chef  You will...

  • 18th Jan 2016

Administration Work Experience at Gateshead NHS Trust

Volunteer and work placements

Would you like to gain an NHS work experience, or are you interested in a career within...

  • 7th Jan 2016

Business Administration Work Experience with RSM

Volunteer and work placements

RSM formerly known as Baker Tilly have work experience opportunities available. If you...

  • 7th Jan 2016

Level 3 Apprentice Chef - Cafe 21

Apprenticeship

The prestigious Cafe 21 are seeking an Apprentice Chef. Working alongside a professional,...

  • 22nd Aug 2015

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How to apply

Applying for a volunteering opportunity should be approached in exactly the same way as you would if you were applying for a job. Make sure that your CV or application form is up to date and shows the company why you want to get involved. If you need help, why not check out our CV writing tips or interview techniques pages. 

You're in! What now?

So you’ve secured a volunteer opportunity, how do you make the most of it? Our Placement Officer, Jill Lister, tells us her Top Tips for getting the most out of the opportunity.   

  • 1Get prepared

    Many opportunities will request you attend a briefing or send you information in advance. Make sure you do attend or read what they send and, most importantly, make sure that you write down the contact details that you’ll need on the day incase you need to get in touch.

  • 2Treat it like a job

    You may not be paid to be there but the organisation is relying on you. If you can’t make it, let the contact person know in advance so that they can make alternative arrangements. The same applies if you’re going to be late - make sure you call and let them know.

  • 3Know where you're going

    Make sure you know exactly where you need to be and work out how long it will take you so you’re not rushing at the last minute.

  • 4When you arrive

    Introduce yourself to your contact and ask what they’d like you to do. You want to leave an impression so they’ll think of you in the future if other opportunities come up.

  • 5If you get stuck

    If you’re overwhelmed or not sure what to do, then speak up. This is your opportunity to learn from your experience so if you need some help let someone know.

  • 6At the end of the day

    Once the day is over, don’t just shoot off. Make sure you say goodbye and thank your contact. 

    Book now for an appointment with our volunteer co-ordinator.