HUNDREDS of job vacancies are going online amid a recruitment drive for the Government's economic campus in Darlington.

Darlington College hosted a launch event attended by a panel of experts offering an insight into the opportunities available to join the civil service in Darlington.

There will be jobs available in the Treasury Departments, the Office of National Statistics, the Department for International Trade, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Treasury director general Beth Russell, who has relocated from London to Darlington, said: “We are incredibly excited to be setting up the campus and will be recruiting from entry level, apprentices and graduates to mid-career and senior managers.”

Speaking at the college's event on Friday, Treasury Lord Theodore Agnew said: “It is important to understand the size of this change. The Treasury is 300-years-old and this is the first time it has moved outside London."

“There are 450,000 people in the Civil Service and only one per cent are senior positions and it is really important that we have senior people on this campus as this sends out a powerful message. This is going to be a place where decisions are made.”

A panel of senior civil servants from each department talked about their lives and aspirations for the future before taking questions from the floor and a virtual audience of more than 80 people.

A website – – has gone live posting vacancies across the campus departments.

In a message of support for the venture the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said: “For too long too many important decisions have been made from one place. Darlington Economic Campus is part of a strategy to move thousands of jobs out of the South East and across the country. Each department is at the careers fair with information on the exciting range of roles where you can start, continue and grow your career in Darlington.”

Darlington College principal Kate Roe said: “This is an innovative new approach to government and we are thrilled to be at the heart of it today. The Civil Service is involved in an incredibly diverse and fascinating range of work that makes a huge difference to the people of this country. Opportunities for careers for the people of this region will be boundless.”

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