‘Opportunity Knocks’ is the name for our new advice, guidance and signposting service available within Middlesbrough Council’s community hubs and libraries. All advice provided is free and impartial but some courses, qualifications and programmes may be restricted due to age, postcode, income or employment status.

What services can I expect via Opportunity Knocks?

Job SupportĀ 

  • Creating or updating your CV.
  • Job search advice.
  • Referrals to employment support programmes.
  • Looking for work on social media.
  • Learn about Middlesbrough Council’s 50 Futures work experience scheme.
  • Registering with job search sites and employment agencies.
  • Completing application forms / online applications.
  • Access to Middlesbrough Council’s Sector Based Work Academies (training linked to council jobs).
  • Searching and applying for apprenticeships.

Digital Skills

  • Support completing online application forms for jobs, benefits, housing, healthcare, council tax etc.
  • How to set-up an e-mail account, read and send an email and upload an attachment.
  • Where to access price comparison sites to get the best deals on gas, electricity, interest rates and shopping.
  • How to gain access to free Essential Digital Skills qualifications.
  • Learn how to use digital devices to keep in touch with friends and family.

English and Maths

  • Learn how to access free English and Maths courses and qualifications.
  • Know where to access English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in Middlesbrough.

Signposting (referrals to external support services)

  • Library services.
  • Education and training.
  • Housing.
  • Debt, budgeting and money.
  • Mental Health and well-being.
  • Benefits and welfare.
  • Parents and carers.
  • Disability and SEN (Special Educational Needs).

Free Community Learning Courses

  • Health and Well-being.
  • Confidence Building.
  • Positive Parents
  • Cooking on a Budget (free slow cooker)
  • And many more!

Where and when can I receive support?

We’re currently reviewing this initiative and will have more info available in early 2023.