After doing a catering course at college Luke was struggling to find employment so came into DurhamWorks to get help finding employment

Luke signed up to DurhamWorks in January 2021 as he had completed a Level 2 catering course at East Durham College, and he was struggling to find employment.

Luke’s main goal was to get a job in the hospitality and catering industry but due to the pandemic and lockdown, his job search had been put on hold. Luke’s work coach at the job centre put him forward for a Kickstart vacancy at Alice House Hospice which Luke was successful in securing and started a 6-month employment contract as a kitchen assistant. He started in the May and his contract finished in December 2021. During his Kickstart placement, Luke gained a lot of experience and skills to compliment his CV and he was then able to focus on other opportunities that he may be able to consider, however he was struggling with a number of barriers. With learning difficulties and he lacked confidence due to having applied to various vacancies and not receiving a response.

Luke’s Progression Advisor contacted Luke and to offer help and support to find him the new opportunity he craved. In February 2022, DurhamWorks Employment Engagement officer Jo Standen, contacted Jack Dormand Nursing Home in Horden on Luke’s behalf to enquire about roles and was advised they had a vacancy for a kitchen assistant. Luke was submitted to the vacancy and with the support from his Progression Advisor and Employment Engagement Officer he completed the application form, did some interview preparation with them both and attended a interview. Luke was successful and started in his new role straight away.

Luke is enjoying his job and has made friends with several staff members. He has worked hard to secure an opportunity and with the support from Durham Works he has now successfully gained employment.

If like Luke, you find yourself looking for employment and not receiving a response from employers or are looking for some careers advice, CV support or interview preparation, contact the team today on 03000 262 930 or email

Posted in DurhamWorks Participants, Employer News, General News, Our Stories, Professionals News, Uncategorized on Jun 13, 2022

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