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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.   

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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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