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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...

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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...

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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 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIKvcCVoRSU


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

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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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DurhamWorks Helping employers expand their workforce with a £2,500 grant

Date Posted: Oct 16, 2020

DurhamWorks is supporting unemployed young people aged 16 – 24 to secure employment by providing small businesses with a salary grant of up to £2,500.

Using the grant, the DurhamWorks team have secured employment for 50 young people in the last 12 months and helped employers to expand their workforce.

Gateway Wheelers in Hetton-Le-Hole employed Anthony Beach with the help of the DurhamWorks grant. The team supported Sarah, the manager at Gateway Wheelers, through the grant application process. Once the grant was approved, Sarah was able to recruit Anthony, a DurhamWorks participant, to the rol...

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Kickstart for business is now available through DurhamWorks

Date Posted: Sep 25, 2020

The Kickstart Scheme is available through DurhamWorks. It provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

This is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs and aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November.

Funding will cover for each job placement:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • the associated employer National Insurance contribut...

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DurhamWorks provides grants to local businesses to help them employ young people aged 16 – 24

Date Posted: Sep 21, 2020

The DurhamWorks employer grant has helped over 50 small businesses employ and support young people in the past 12 months. 

  DurhamWorks is a partnership between Durham County Council and seven organisations, working together to support young people, and to help them create their future.

  DurhamWorks offers:

  • One-to-one support with a dedicated member of the team   
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  • Help to progress into work, volunteering, further learning, or training   
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  • Opportunities to gain skills and qualifications   
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  • Support with benefits, housing and childcare arrangements.   

  Th...

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