A JOBCENTRE has celebrated helping more than 33,000 people find work in its first ten years.

Former managers of Sunderland JobCentre and 28 of the 70-plus staff who have been at the centre since it opened in John Street, in 1993, were among the first to taste a celebration cake.

Recent successes include helping to establish Doxford Park as a centre of excellence for the call centre industry and the creation of thousands of jobs there. This is supported by the joint JobCentre and Job Linkage call centre training scheme in Sunderland's Bridges shopping centre.

The JobCentre has also helped thousands of job seekers to find work at the Nissan car plant and the company's suppliers.

It can be contacted on 0191-554 4800.