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Christian was looking for an Apprenticeship, DurhamWorks found the perfect role for him

Date Posted: Apr 07, 2022

Christian signed up to DurhamWorks as he was interested in a an apprenticeship in construction but was struggling to secure an opportunity. DurhamWorks supported him every step of the way and managed to secure him an apprenticeship in Bricklaying. 


Find out more about roles at DurhamWorks jobs fairs

Date Posted: Mar 21, 2022

People looking for work can find out more about employment and training opportunities at three job fairs. 

On Wednesday 23 March, DurhamWorks is hosting fairs at Stanley Civic Hall, Peterlee Leisure Centre and Bishop Auckland Cricket Club, all from 10am to 2pm. The events are open to anyone of any age looking for work, with DurhamWorks there to support those aged 16 to 24.

A host of employers who have vacancies available now will be present, with DurhamWorks delivery partners and colleges also attending to support jobseekers to move into training or apprenticeships.

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Maddison secures employment with Codrophenia

Date Posted: Mar 11, 2022

Maddison Savage, 19 needed support into finding employment after completing a college course.

Maddison had already had some work experience in hospitality and was keen to put these skills into use. Maddison wanted help to approach employers, plus help with her CV. She also needed support in building her confidence, job search and interview skills as Maddison had been actively applying for jobs but not getting to interview.

After being referred into DurhamWorks, the Employment Engagement team had a several appointments with Maddison to review her CV, applications and provide support with job se...


Employment and education successes celebrated at DurhamWorks awards

Date Posted: Mar 03, 2022

Young people who have been supported into employment, training and education have been honoured at a County Durham awards ceremony.

Seventeen young people received recognition for their successes at the DurhamWorks Achievement Awards, which were announced in an online video by BBC Newcastle Radio Breakfast Show presenter, Anna Foster.

Seven prizes were handed out to young people who received help from the DurhamWorks youth employment programme, as well as the partners and employers who supported them over the last 12 months.

Members of the DurhamWorks team had previously presented the winners ...


Building skills and supporting businesses is crucial for Levelling Up

Date Posted: Feb 21, 2022

The director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership visited County Durham today to find out how businesses, charities and the local authority are working together to help young people build a successful future.

Henri Murison met with Cllr Amanda Hopgood, the Leader of Durham County Council, in Peterlee to find out about DurhamWorks. This is a countywide programme led by the council that supports young people to gain the skills, qualifications and experiences they need to progress into jobs, training and education.

The pair also visited Magnitude Biosciences; a research organisation based in NE...


Bo was looking for a fresh start so signed up to DurhamWorks

Date Posted: Aug 30, 2021

Bo signed up to DurhamWorks to get a fresh start of life. Bo had language and communication barriers which she felt she needed to improve on as she was not a native speaker.

Prior to joining DurhamWorks, Bo achieved an AAT Advanced Diploma in Accounting Level3 (with distinction), but was keen to apply for the role of Apprentice Business Administrator Level3 with Durham County Council.

With support from a DurhamWorks Progression Adviser, Bo was successful in securing her Apprenticeship and became a key part of the Durham County Council team.  Bo said, “It has enhanced me enormously as personal ...


Daniel was made redundant due to COVID but is now receiving support from DurhamWorks to find new employment

Date Posted: Aug 14, 2021

Like many young people in the last year, Daniel found himself being made redundant from his role due to the COVID Pandemic.

At 24, Daniel turned to DurhamWorks for support in job searching and updating his CV. Hannah Fenwick, Progression Advisor for DurhamWorks was able to provide him with the support he needed.

Daniel has a degree in Philosophical Studies, A Levels in English Literature (A*), Philosophy and Ethics (A), Sociology (B). As Level: Psychology (C), plus a range of GCSES grades A and B. Through previous employment Daniel had managerial experience from previous employment.

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Naomi's luck changed since becoming a Peer Mentor

Date Posted: Aug 11, 2021

"I was working in factory before I applied for this role and people kept saying to me your wasted in there as you’re a people person, I never took much notice, but I was quite unhappy. I have experience from involvement with the criminal justice system and the prison system and when I saw the advert for this job, I jumped at the opportunity. I didn’t actually believe people would want me as I thought I was a write off, when I passed the interview and I was offered the role, I knew my luck was changing".

"First Point is such an incredible company who are truly dedicated to helping people, it is...


Kayleigh Fraser First Point Peer Mentors story

Date Posted: Aug 08, 2021

Kayleigh, 25 originally from Teesside currently living in Easington.

"After graduating from University with a 2.1 in Drama and Theatre I worked numerous jobs in the food industry, eventually becoming a restaurant supervisor. I knew I wanted to do something to help people in my local community but I didn't know how to apply myself or what options were available and then I found this job which has been a turning point for me and my mental health".

"I have struggled with mental illness such as depression and anxiety since my early teens and this eventually lead to suicidal ideation and addiction ...


First Point Peer Mentor Jessica is here to help you

Date Posted: Aug 05, 2021

My name is Jessica, I am 27 years old. Before becoming a peer support mentor, I worked in retail and worked my way up to a retail supervisor and starting my assistant managers training. When I saw the post for this position, I knew I had to apply as it is something I have always wanted to do, from the age of 13 to 16 I suffered from Anorexia, Depression, BPD and attempted to take my own life 3 times. I never felt that I had the right support when going through my barriers, everything always seemed to be too professional and put on, if only I had been given the opportunity to work with someone ...