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Providing opportunities for County Durham’s young people

Date Posted: Dec 14, 2020

A further £10 million in funding has been provided to help support young people into education, employment and training across County Durham.

The Durham County Council led partnership programme, DurhamWorks, has been awarded the funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) to extend its support to young people who are ‘not in education, employment or training’ (NEET) or who are at risk of becoming so.

So far, over 8,000 young people across the county have been supported, and thanks to the latest funding, the programme will be able to reach an additional 6,300 15-24-year-olds, with funding for i...

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Single Mother Sam finds the support she needed through PACT House

Date Posted: Dec 02, 2020

Sam looks after her young son, Isaac, who she had when she was 16 years old. 

At the time of joining DurhamWorks, she had not been living in Stanley long (she moved from Washington) and was feeling quite isolated, with several mental and physical health problems. She was also in a controlling, abusive relationship which was having a marked effect on her. She started to come to PACT House, Stanley to meet new people and joined Plan 4 Life, SHAID to do some volunteering, one-to-one sessions to improve her mental health and look for part-time work to fit around her son, who is at school.

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Global Pandemic didn't stop Jordan securing employment

Date Posted: Nov 26, 2020

Jordan Johnson joined DurhamWorks at the age of 17 with the intention of finding a job that he enjoyed.

He had already completed some successful work experience and had a level of interview experience but felt that he needed additional support and guidance to secure employment, this included finding vacancies and developing his application and interview technique.

After receiving bespoke one to one support from a progression worker and completing the Foundation of Light Study Programme he gained a qualification and secured full time employment at the ResQ Call Centre.

Jordan said, “I’ll be tak...

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Nikita secures employment during Covid Pandemic

Date Posted: Nov 13, 2020

Nikita Waschwniewski, who was 18 and NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) signed up to DurhamWorks to receive the support she needed to make the successful move from unemployment into employment within the care industry.

Nikita was assigned to DurhamWorks Progression Worker Tom Lynn, and agreed to sign up for the Adult Health and Social Care course with Optimum Skills.

Nikita passed the course with flying colours and applied for a position with Hartlepool based Careline Lifestyles Care Home. She was successful and secured a position at the care home and after completing her probatio...

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Are you interested in an apprenticeship with Durham County Council?

Date Posted: Jun 26, 2020

Durham County Council is looking to recruit 30+ apprentices across a wide range of occupations within the following areas:

  • Waste Resource Operative
  • Horticulture
  • Business Administration
  • Human Resources Support
  • Financial Management
  • Degree Apprenticeships in Civil Engineering & Quantity Surveying.

There are a range of opportunities at Levels 2, 3 and Degree (Level 6) to work towards.  

DurhamWorks Delivery Partner, Citizens Advice County Durham, will be holding online sessions to help DurhamWorks participants understand and successfully complete the Durham County Council...

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Groundwork DurhamWorks team step up the challenge during isolation

Date Posted: May 21, 2020

Groundwork DurhamWorks team step up the challenge during isolation

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DurhamWorks - Top tips for writing your CV.

Date Posted: May 06, 2020

DurhamWorks - Improve Your Future.

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Coronavirus: Update to services 19th March

Date Posted: Mar 19, 2020

We are following national guidance in planning our response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

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DurhamWorks Podcast Available now

Date Posted: Oct 11, 2019

DurhamWorks have launched 3 podcasts to provide additional information and support to those who may be interested in DurhamWorks.

The three podcasts cover:

  • Employer support and job opportunities - This episode features The Park Head Hotel at Bishop Auckland and why Claire Gibbons, owner, has taken on three members of staff through DurhamWorks.

  • The journey a young person has taken whilst on DurhamWorks - from suffering from Paranoid schizophrenia to now having a job in which he can be proud of, Christopher Lambert tells us about his journey.

  • And finally, a parents perspective of how Dur...

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Victoria's digital journey with RAW

Date Posted: Sep 23, 2019

Victoria Anderson has just completed the Digital Marketing Course with RAW Digital and with their continued support, she is looking forward to finding the perfect role for her.

"Before I did my digital marketing course with RAW, I was doing volunteering and looking for a full time job.

When I met with eve from raw digital, I was given so much information about the different course they had running at the time, it made it so much easier to choose a course and I was able to get a good understanding of what I would be learning.

From the start to finish, RAW digital has been so easy to deal wit...

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