Passport to Work
student working front of house in a restaurant



What is Passport to Work?

Passport to Work provides brief training and work shadowing (2-4 hours) in areas such as hospitality, customer service, administration and retail. The scheme is aimed at current students of Newcastle University who are looking for part-time work in the UK but are finding it difficult due to a lack of work experience on their CV. Please note that all sessions are unpaid.

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When do Passport to Work sessions take place?

Passport to Work takes place twice a year:

  • October - December
  • February - March

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What are the benefits of taking part in Passport to Work?

Passport to Work gives you the opportunity to observe staff undertaking key aspects of their job. You will gain transferable skills and experience in a real work situation to add to your CV. You will also get a certificate outlining the experience you’ve gained to show employers when you’re looking for work.

Skills you could develop:

What students say about Passport to Work

"Passport to Work gave me experience to put on job applications and examples to talk about at interview. As a direct result, I now have a sales assistant job."
Hannah Keogan, BSc Hons Psychology

What employers say about Passport to Work

"Passport to Work benefited the Civic Centre by giving us access to students who are keen to learn and eager to get involved – some of them were so good we will be taking them on as casual staff!"
Helen Lambert, Hospitality Supervisor at Newcastle Civic Centre

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How can I apply?

Sessions are available at a variety of locations on or near the University Campus and last between 2-4 hours. You can shadow a broad range of roles including reception staff, bar work, barista and front of house.

Passport to Work sessions take place during Semester 1 from 26 October – 18 December (Castle Leazes Reception starts week beginning 2 November). See below for the full list.

To apply for any of the sessions, please complete our online booking form.

You can sign up to more than one session, however these are offered on a first come first served basis and fill up quickly, so we encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Current work shadowing opportunities:

  • Newcastle University Halls – Castle Leazes: Retail
  • Newcastle University Halls – Castle Leazes: Reception
  • Newcastle University Sports Centre: Customer Service / Operational
  • Newcastle University Students Union Bar: Bar work
  • Civic Centre: Front of House / Table Service
  • McKenna’s: Front of House / Barista


Need to contact us?

Before getting in touch, take a look at our frequently asked questions (PDF: 188KB).

If your question is not answered, or for more information about Passport to Work, please contact Emma Thomson.

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