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Will finds an apprenticeship during Lockdown thanks to DurhamWorks

Date Posted: Apr 19, 2021

Will Jeffries started a three year civil engineering apprenticeship with Durham County Council with the support of DurhamWorks. 

Will is studying towards a  Level 3 BTEC National Diploma and ENGTECH qualifications which are aimed at construction industry staff who carry out technical work competently, safely and independently. At the end of his apprenticeship he will achieve the level 3 civil engineering technician standard.

Will received support from DurhamWorks who helped him get ready for work and supported him in applying for jobs and interview preparation. He decided to apply for a...


Last Chance to apply for the DurhamWorks Grant

Date Posted: Mar 29, 2021

Kick-start your business growth with a £2,000 grant

DurhamWorks is supporting unemployed young people aged 16 – 24 to secure employment by providing small businesses with a salary grant of up to £2,000.

The DurhamWorks Grant is available to SMEs (businesses and not for profit organisations) to support the creation of employment opportunities for young people who are on the DurhamWorks programme.

About the Grant

The employment opportunity that you are offering must have some form of training/learning attached to it which can include short courses and on the job training. The grant is claimed ag...


Confidence is key when looking for work

Date Posted: Mar 29, 2021

Citizens Advice County Durham are running a Confidence is Key session to help you find work. 

Don't let a lack of confidence hold you back from taking the first step towards getting into work. We are living in challenging times but this workshop, delivered by Citizens Advice County Durham experienced Employability Trainers can help you take positive steps out of lockdown and into employment. This is one of a series of workshops being offered by Citizens Advice County Durham throughout April aimed at supporting you find work.

Starting on Tuesday 13th April you will learn:  

This two day worksho...


SHAID’s staff training will benefit those fleeing Domestic Violence

Date Posted: Mar 16, 2021

DurhamWorks delivery partner SHAID have continued with staff training and development during the current COVID Pandemic to ensure that their staff are able to provide the best support possible to those who need it.

As an organisation, SHAID was witnessing high numbers of Domestic Violence clients accessing services, which led the CEO to champion staff and volunteers to undertake Diplomas in Domestic Violence to support and empower clients accessing its services.

6 members of staff and volunteers have completed their Domestic Violence Changing Services through an accredited diploma training pro...


International Women's Day

Date Posted: Mar 08, 2021

To celebrate International Women's Day 2021, DurhamWorks are sharing the success stories of many young women who have come through the programme and received the support they need to make a difference to their lives. 

Many were unsure of what they wanted to do and other just needed additional support to find employment. 

Meet our inspirational women: 

Meet Skye, after she completed her A levels she considered going to university but wanted to look for another option :

Meet Zoe, her job fell through and needed some support....


Not sure what you want to do for a career? Neither did the progression team when they left school

Date Posted: Mar 08, 2021

Rachel Scott, Progression Worker has had a number of job roles until she found a job she loves. 

Now working as a member of the progression team she is helping to support young people aged 16 - 24 years find careers of their own. 

Rachel told us, "In school I didn't really know what I wanted to do for a career but I did have an interest in Geography, so my choice for a college course was travel related and I looked into my local college. I decided on the one that had the most trips to go on! We went to London, York, Whitby, Paris, Barcelona, South of France All in two years!!!

 I made a...


National Careers Week

Date Posted: Mar 05, 2021

Not everyone finds the perfect career when they leave school. Most people try a few different jobs before they find a career they love. 

Members of the DurhamWorks team have been providing their career history to celebrate National Careers Week. 

Barrie and Laura talk about their past career experience, from leaving school to doing the job they love today. 

Meet Barrie Evans, DurhamWorks Progression Worker. He left school with few qualifications and was unemployed for a while. After trying out a few different jobs, he finally found a career he loves:

Name: Barrie Evans
Current Job: Progres...


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...


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.

Through ...


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...