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Suffering from extreme anxiety to now accepting challenges.

Date Posted: Sep 10, 2019

Susan found out about DurhamWorks via a leaflet that was delivered through her door, and then a knock at the door from a member of the DurhamWorks team.

At the time she was living at her mums house with her twin brother. She was struggling with extreme anxiety and mental health issues, she had not been outside the house for about 3 years.

She agreed to come to Hillrigg house for a 1:1 appointment and discuss what DurhamWorks had to offer. At that time the programme Train Tracks was about to start and Susan was a perfect candidate. Debbie, one of our progression workers was called into the ro...


NE-AS lift David's Self belief and confidence

Date Posted: Sep 09, 2019

Debbie Cruddace, a DurhamWorks Progression Advisor has been working with a young man, David Robson, who was signed upto DurhamWorks after being on a supported Internship.

Debbie tells us of David's Journey through DurhamWorks and where he is now.

"David Robson was transferred to me after being on the supported internship – his mum was very keen to get him engaged in something positive- but he struggled. He started Catch 22, but didn’t feel stretched enough. He hit a very dark space in his life and his behaviour became a challenge.

We tried everything to try and re-engage him, until one day I...


Megan's Digital Journey with RAW

Date Posted: Sep 09, 2019

Megan Kime received job success after completing a course with RAW Digital Training.

Megan tells us all about her experience with RAW Digital and how they have supported her into employment.

"Before I started my Raw Digital Training course, I was seeking help from DurhamWorks as I was need of a job where I was guaranteed work and long-term career prospects.

When I first heard about the course I was really interested because I knew the training would help me gain extra skills to help me get into full time employment.

My first point of contact with the Raw Talent team was with Eve, who was s...


From stay at home boy to Lazer Quest challenger

Date Posted: Sep 06, 2019

Kieran Clarke didn’t often leave his house prior to signing up to DurhamWorks. Since signing up to the DurhamWorks Train Tracks programme, he has managed to make friends and start to build his confidence through team building games.

“I signed up to DurhamWorks and Jo visited me at home. She told me about Train Tracks and I was excited because this sounded exactly what I wanted to do.

I hadn’t done anything since I left college and I was scared to join in with others but Jo introduced me to Lucy and she told me all about what we would be doing.

I really wanted to make friends as I didn’t oft...


Job success for Adam thanks to RAW Digital

Date Posted: Sep 05, 2019

DurhamWorks participant Adam Beach has just landed a Digital Marketing Apprenticeship role after completing his training with RAW Digital Training.

After speaking about his new role, Adam told us, "RAW Digital Training is a fantastic company which focuses on the progression of young people in the North East hoping to develop a career in the digital industry. With various training workshops including Digital Marketing, Website Creation, Games Design & Development, and Cyber Security; young people have the opportunity to partake in developing their understanding of the digital world, which is u...


The Big Event with New College Durham & DurhamWorks

Date Posted: Aug 16, 2019

On the 20th August at 10am, New College Durham will be hosting a fun day for all Y11 students who have signed up to start in September.

On the day, there will be a number of FREE activities all students can take part in, including a climbing wall, archery and a synchronized light cone game called ‘Game of Cones’.

Prospective students will have the opportunity to talk to college staff about the courses plus they will have the opportunity to register with DurhamWorks who can support them with their transition to college.

This is the perfect opportunity for students to come along during the qui...


CSCS Course to run in Consett

Date Posted: Aug 05, 2019

Are you aged 16-24, living in County Durham and not in education, employment or training?

If so, you can enrol on to Groundworks CSCS course.

The course is running over 5 sessions and will consist of Level 1 Health & Safety revision and test, CSCS test and CSCS card for FREE.

Spaces are limited, so to get booked in, contact : Michelle Rimmer on 07909 231 894

Glenroyd House, Medomsley Road, Consett, DH8 5HL

Course starts on 19/08/2019

Times: 10AM - 4PM


Calling all Y11 students

Date Posted: Jul 15, 2019

Now you have left school do you think you could do with some additional help when it comes making the move from Year 11 to college, apprenticeships or employment?

DurhamWorks is a dedicated service to support young people aged 16-24 living in County Durham who are not in education, employment or training.

We are a partnership project between Durham County Council and nine organisations working together to offer information, advice and guidance to provide opportunities such as training, work experience and vacancy matching. We also offer tailored support to what a young person may need.

We w...


Train Tracks starts 17th July.

Date Posted: Jul 08, 2019

The programme looks at developing key skills through a range of exciting and challenging activities. It’s an opportunity for you to meet new people, develop skills and try new experiences.

During the programme you will receive support from our DurhamWorks advisers who will help you find your next steps into education, employment or training.

Train Tracks Key Information:

• Aimed for Year 11 leavers only

• Train Tracks time table 1 and ½ days per week over a 5 week period

• Starts on Wednesday 17th July and ends 15th August

• Location Stanley One Point Hub (Next to Louise Centre, opposi...


Kyle had no idea what to do, but then he found the Military.

Date Posted: Jun 25, 2019

Kyle Smith was a year 11 leaver with no plans or definite ideas of what he wanted to do for a career. He came into DurhamWorks as NEET and was allocated to DurhamWorks Progression Adviser, Tom Lynn.

After the initial meeting, Tom established that Kyle had family related issues that were holding him back. He was also unsure of where to look for information about what he could do in the future and what help was available. Kyle also had a number of personal, financial and opportunity related barriers that were stopping him from moving forward with his life.

Tom was able to support Kyle by remo...


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