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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...


SHAID make positive sustainable changes during the COVID pandemic.

Date Posted: Oct 22, 2021

Kevin Howe and the team at SHAIDs Main offices and other buildings they operate from, working hard behind the scenes during the COVID Pandemic to improve their sustainability as a charity.

SHAID have made plans that once lockdown restrictions have been eased they will operate from one building rather than the two which they have been running their programmes from. This will not only more efficient in terms of space used but also contributes to reducing costs incurred by the charity at a time when funds are crucial.  

Kevin Howe has said, “We are in the process of changing all lighting in the b...


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 ...


Unsure of his next step, Matthew gets the support he needs to find employment

Date Posted: Aug 26, 2021

Matthew signed up to DurhamWorks when he found himself NEET (not in education, employment or training). He was unsure what he wanted to do but knew he needed help with his CV and interview skills. He registered for a course with DurhamWorks delivery partners SMARTT, but before starting was torn between the course with SMARTT and a different routeway. Hannah, Matthew's Progression Worker supported him onto the SMARTT course and continued to look for work. He has now found employment and is awaiting a start date.

If you have just left school, college or University and are looking to get into emp...


NHS invites young people aged 16 and over to get their COVID-19 vaccine

Date Posted: Aug 19, 2021

Thousands of young people over 16 can now get their COVID-19 vaccine ahead of going back to school or college in September.

North East and North Cumbrian teenagers can get their vaccine in a number of ways in order to protect themselves and their families from Coronavirus.

Youngsters can walk in to a number of local services which are now able to offer vaccination to younger people.

The different ways to get vaccinated are:

  1. Walk into one of the large vaccination centres – no appointment needed 
  • Centre for Life, Newcastle 9am – 6pm, 7 days
  • Durham Arnison Centre 8:15am – 7:00pm, 7...


Tiffany left college and no longer wanted to pursue the career she had trained for so signed up to DurhamWorks for help

Date Posted: Aug 18, 2021

After completing a Hairdressing at college Tiffany decided she no longer wanted to pursue this as a career. She was keen to find employment but was unsure where to start. Tiffany signed up to DurhamWorks with Groundwork. She engaged in one-to-one sessions with her youth coach, creating a personal action plan with clear goals, she was supported to create a CV, identifying her skills, job search, training needs, interview skills etc.

Tiffany began A Job for You Course to develop her employability skills. She attended a range of sessions including focused on personal and social development. She a...