The Department for International Trade is seeking staff to be based at DIT Darlington, part of the government’s Darlington Economic Campus.
Candidates from a variety of backgrounds were encouraged to apply for a wide range of positions on offer, from cybersecurity analyst to business advisor to science advisor.
Local recruitment has been central to the success of the program to date, with more than 70 employees hired from non-traditional business backgrounds who are already transitioning to new careers at the Darlington site, including trade negotiations, data protection, communications, human resources and change management. .
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Sam Micklewright, Trading Logistics Manager, said: “Prior to joining the Department of International Trade, I worked as a store assistant and then operations manager in the regional distribution center of a large retailer. While looking for the next step in my career, it was actually my mother who introduced me to the Darlington Business Campus.
“I had not previously considered a role in the civil service, but I have been pleasantly surprised by the transferability of my skills and since taking on my new role as Logistics Manager for our Trade Negotiations Team, I have really enjoyed putting the skills in warehouse distribution to good use, helping to deliver large-scale global projects for DIT.
“For anyone considering joining the public service at Darlington, my advice would be to do so. The Darlington Business Campus offers the opportunity to be part of something new and exciting, with a wide range of roles and experiences. Better yet, it’s refreshing to know that I no longer need to look beyond the North East to achieve my ambitions in public service.
Nicola Pearson, Change Adviser, said: “So far, my career path has moved away from what you might consider a ‘traditional public service path’, spending the last 14 years in retail fashion. I had not previously considered a civil service role, but my former supervisor sent me a link to the civil service jobs website and I came across a change management role for the Department of international trade in Darlington.
“Having loved my work abroad in the past and being passionate about the region, I really appreciate the opportunity to work in an environment that combines the two.
“I think DIT’s presence in Darlington is great for the area and provides a great opportunity for local people like me to pursue new careers. Since arriving in May, I have been able to participate in a number of events with local schools and colleges, supporting the work we are doing to create the next generation of business professionals in the North East.
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Jo Crellin, Managing Director of Commerce Systems, said, “It is fantastic to have built this group of commerce professionals at Darlington – and we look forward to building on this success in the future.
“We have great people doing great things from our base in Darlington, including hosting meetings with like-minded countries to talk about trade support for Ukraine, participating in negotiations with India and helping businesses to explore new markets to trade with.
“I am proud that we have such a diversity of talents and experiences among our new recruits.
In line with the government’s drive to diversify policymaking and scale up across the country, DIT will bring over 500 high-quality, well-paying jobs to Darlington by 2030.
The Department has also worked with local residents to challenge perceptions surrounding careers in commerce and public service in general. Last month, DIT partnered with the Social Mobility Business Partnership to host “Mythbusting” sessions and career roundtables with students aged 16-18 at Darlington.
DIT’s talent acquisition team is also hosting a series of virtual candidate assistance sessions for potential candidates to demonstrate what is needed in a successful application and to share how best to build interview responses.
Newly appointed Exports Minister Andrew Griffith visited the Darlington Economic Campus for the first time this week as part of a visit to the North East. He also met farmers at the Darlington Farmers Auction Market and visited local exporters Roman Showers.
He said: “In 2021, the North East exported £11.6bn worth of goods globally. It was great to meet the DIT team at Darlington Business Campus who help businesses in the North East and beyond export around the world.
“An increased presence in Darlington will bring DIT closer to the communities and businesses we support every day, while driving job creation and economic growth.”