‘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 Support 

  • 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?

Download the venue schedule by clicking the image below or continue scrolling:

Click to download Opportunity Knocks schedule

Middlesbrough Central Library – Centre Square, Middlesbrough, TS1 2AY

Time: 2pm – 4pm

  • June 22nd
  • July 6th, 20th
  • August 3rd, 17th
  • September 14th, 28th
  • October 12th, 26th
  • November 9th, 23rd
  • December 7th, 21st

Easterside Community Hub – Broughton Avenue, Easterside, Middlesbrough, TS4 3PZ

Time: 9.30am – 11.30am

  • June 23rd
  • July 7th, 21st
  • August 4th, 18th
  • September 1st, 15th, 29th
  • October 13th, 27th
  • November 10th, 24th
  • December 8th, 22nd

Grove Hill Community Hub – Bishopton Road, Grove Hill, Middlesbrough, TS4 2RP

Time: 9.30am – 11.30am

  • June 30th
  • July 14th, 28th
  • August 11th, 25th
  • September 8th, 22nd
  • October 6th, 20th
  • November 3rd, 17th
  • December 1st, 15th

Newport Community Hub – St Paul’s Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 5NQ

Time: 2pm – 4pm

  • June 29th
  • July 13th, 27th
  • August 10th, 24th
  • September 7th, 21st
  • October 5th, 19th
  • November 2nd, 16th, 30th
  • December 14th

North Ormesby Hub – Derwent Street, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough, TS3 6JB

Time: 9.30am – 11.30am

  • July 26th
  • August 9th, 23rd
  • September 6th, 20th
  • October 4th, 18th
  • November 1st, 15th, 29th
  • December 13th

Thorntree Hub РBirkhall Road, Thorntree, Middlesbrough, TS3 9JW

Time: 9.30am – 11.30am

  • June 21st
  • July 5th, 19th
  • August 2nd, 16th, 30th
  • September 13th, 27th
  • October 11th, 25th
  • November 8th, 22nd
  • December 6th, 20th

You can download the flyer by clicking the image below:

Click to download opportunity Knocks flyer