A TV producer aiming to help get Britain working says Hartlepool is a prime example of why he is doing a new show.
Phil McCullough is working on a large-scale project for Channel 4 that has the mission to give unemployed people the opportunity to get back to work.
It will also try and raise money for employment charities and schemes with the hope that people will find permanent positions or places on training schemes by the end of the series.
It will focus on the hospitality industry and will be based in a hotel where the participants will be watched over by influential and experienced professionals covering everything from cooking to front of house.
Mr McCullough told the Hartlepool Mail that the North-East is one of the main places the production is looking at for recruits due to the high jobless figures and lack of opportunities.
He said: “We are looking at areas of the UK where there is high unemployment and people wanting to work but are finding it hard, so Hartlepool fits into that.
“Those taking part will basically get work experience in a hotel and will be monitored by people at the top of their fields. There will be high profile chefs running the kitchen and it will be a fantastic experience where they can learn lots of new skills.
“It will hopefully show that people just need an opportunity, and sadly there are not that many of those around at the moment.”
The Mail has been running a Work in Progress campaign to highlight the plight of jobless residents and their search for a job and try to help them in their quest.
Mr McCullough said the campaign fits in well with the ethos of the show, adding: “It’s an aspirational fund-raising project that is going to help Britain get back to work.
“Hopefully people get on board and it proves a success.”
He added that people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to apply.
If you are interested in getting involved with the programme email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0203 2275939.