New temporary Jobcentre to open in Sunderland - here is where, when and why

A new temporary Jobcentre is to be opened at Sunderland Software Centre as part of the Government’s ongoing Plan for Jobs.

Wednesday, 1st December 2021, 5:19 pm

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says it will open in spring and is expected to be operational by April.

DWP have taken a temporary lease on around 18,000 sq ft of space in the building. A new access point will be put in place at the centre to enable the service to have its own ‘front door’ for residents making use of the support.

Work has begun to create the Jobcentre on one side of the building, rising from the ground floor through to the second floor.

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A temporary new Jobcentre is to be opened in Sunderland Software Centre.

The temporary Jobcentre will be able to support approximately 100 Work Coaches, and it is hoped that the service will help residents to find new roles that match their skills and experience. The existing Jobcentres in the city will remain open.

Leader of Sunderland City Council, Cllr Graeme Miller, said: “Sunderland has made some incredibly positive announcements recently about new employers coming to the city, and connecting our residents – many of whom have been hit by the pandemic – to these fantastic opportunities, as well as others with existing employers, is vital.’’

“This new DWP support in the heart of the city will enable targeted support to be given to those who need it most, from a base that is easily accessible due to the excellent transport links in the city centre.

"It’s critical that we do everything we can to make sure our residents are in as strong a position as possible to access vital jobs as the city recovers from the impact of the pandemic, and indeed to connect our innovative businesses to talented people who can drive their growth. We’re pleased to be able to support DWP.”

Sunderland Software Centre

Jill McKinney, head of skills at Sunderland Software City, who are tenants within the Software Centre, said: “This is a great opportunity for ourselves and other tenants in the centre. The service will bridge the skills-employment gap through upskilling, providing a talent-pool for some of the employment opportunities centre tenants may have.”

Steven Martin, Senior Operations Manager at DWP, said: “This very welcome development will enable DWP to deliver its key role in matching our customers to the exciting job opportunities available both in our city centre and in the local travel to work area. Our Work Coaches have knowledge of a wide range of vacancies and training opportunities that lead to employment and we look forward to continuing to support local people to move into the numerous roles that are available.’’