Steve spent time in care when he was younger and has health conditions, including Diabetes, as well as low self-esteem and confidence. He struggled with school, but with support from DurhamWorks has not only enrolled in college, but showed such ability that he has moved to a higher level course.
Steve had completed work experience previously with Durham County Council and wanted to study IT at a local college. As Steve had a difficult time at school, his DurhamWorks advisor was initially concerned that he might not cope well in a college environment, but supported him to enrol at college, organised his college grant and arranged transport.
Steve started a Vocational Access course in IT but after only a few weeks he showed greater potential and ability and was switched to a higher level course - Level 1 BTEC in IT and Functional Skills.
Steve’s DurhamWorks advisor meets regularly with him to offer support and keep up to date with his progress. Feedback from college staff has been very positive and Steve is even supporting other students on the course. Steve’s advisor is now helping to set up a work experience placement, where he will be able to use the new skills he has learnt.
Contact us to find out more about the support we can offer 16-24 year olds, living in County Durham, who aren't in education, employment or training.