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

Business Administration Apprenticeship with Lambert Taylor & Gregory


This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to become a part of small busy...

  • 18th Sep 2018

Apprenticeship Hair Professional - New You Hair & Beauty


A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic individual to work in a thriving...

  • 18th Sep 2018

Level 2 Vehicle Body Repair Apprenticeship with Gardiners Coaches


The company are looking to recruit an apprentice to train in body repair. Training to be...

  • 17th Sep 2018

Business Administration Apprenticeship with Exchange Residential Ltd


This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to work within their property...

  • 17th Sep 2018

Business Administration Apprenticeship with Virtuoso Doors


This is an exciting opportunity for the right two candidates to join their team as an...

  • 17th Sep 2018

Customer Services Administrative Apprentice with Gateshead College


To provide and be responsible for delivering a wide range of high quality administration...

  • 17th Sep 2018

Apprentice Commis Chef with The Woodmans Arms


Working alongside the kitchen team, the successful candidate will assist in preparing...

  • 17th Sep 2018

Apprentice Commis Chef with Purple Bear Bars


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

  • 5th Sep 2018

Beauty Apprenticeship with Butterfly Beauty


A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic individual to join a team in a...

  • 5th Sep 2018

Salon Junior Assistant Apprentice - Hair Flair Beauty Salon


A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic individual to work in a thriving...

  • 24th Aug 2018

Admin Assistant with re:production

Getting a job

Re:production is the largest commercial production company in the North of England. With...

  • 22nd Aug 2018

Apprentice Commis Chef (1)


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

  • 16th Jul 2018

Apprentice Hospitality Team Member with Latimer's Seafood


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

  • 5th Jul 2018

Hospitality Team Member with Bayberry Hollow


We are looking to recruit a front of house apprentice who is both energetic and...

  • 21st Jun 2018

Commis Chef Apprenticeship with The Engine Room


The Engine Room are looking to recruit a Commis Chef to support the Head Chef in their...

  • 15th Jun 2018

Host/Greeter at Never Give Up Newcastle

Getting a job

Newcastle’s #1 Family Entertainment. Crystal Maze themed ‘Action Packed’ games and...

  • 7th Dec 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

Digital Marketing Placement

Volunteer and work placements

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

  • 18th May 2017

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


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.