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More than 40 apprenticeships up for grabs with Durham County Council

Date Posted: Apr 26, 2023

Electricians, plasterers, civil engineers and business administrators are among more than 40 apprenticeships roles on offer at Durham County Council.

Applications are open now, with a closing date of Sunday 21 May, and successful applicants will take up their posts in September.

The apprenticeships are open to people of all ages and backgrounds, from school leavers to career changers.

Cllr Richard Bell, the council’s deputy leader and Cabinet member for finance, said: “We’re delighted to launch this recruitment drive for our latest intake of apprentices.

“Apprenticeships provide people with a ...


Layla gains employment in the Care Industry

Date Posted: Feb 20, 2023

Layla, 17, was struggling to find opportunities for people her age in the Care Industry. After signing onto DurhamWorks, Layla is now employed and thriving in the industry.


Funding to support unemployed young people secured

Date Posted: Jul 28, 2022

More than £1million in funding has been secured to help almost 300 unemployed young people get into work and improve their skills.

We and Groundwork North East have been successful in winning a £1.2million bid awarded by the Youth Futures Foundation. The funding has enabled us and Groundwork to establish the DurhamWorks Futures team, as part of DurhamWorks.

DurhamWorks is a dedicated programme for young people aged 16 to 24 living in County Durham who are not in education, employment or training.

The Futures team aims to support 290 unemployed young people between now and 2023. It will help th...


Yasmin secures new employment after Kickstart placement comes to an end

Date Posted: Jul 08, 2022

Yasmin signed up to DurhamWorks in April 2022 following completion of a Kickstart placement. Yasmin was keen to move into employment and advised she needed support with applications and interview skills and to build confidence in these areas. 

Yasmin was quickly referred to Employment Engagement Officer, Jo Standen, who supported Yasmin with an application for a Durham County Council apprenticeship. Whilst waiting to hear news about the apprenticeship, Yasmin attended a training course with a local training provider to gain further skills. Yasmin continued attending regular appointments with J...


After doing a catering course at college Luke was struggling to find employment so came into DurhamWorks to get help finding employment

Date Posted: Jun 13, 2022

Luke signed up to DurhamWorks in January 2021 as he had completed a Level 2 catering course at East Durham College, and he was struggling to find employment.

Luke’s main goal was to get a job in the hospitality and catering industry but due to the pandemic and lockdown, his job search had been put on hold. Luke’s work coach at the job centre put him forward for a Kickstart vacancy at Alice House Hospice which Luke was successful in securing and started a 6-month employment contract as a kitchen assistant. He started in the May and his contract finished in December 2021. During his Kickstart pl...


Byron "Kickstart" success

Date Posted: May 31, 2022

When Byron left University in 2018 and was looking for a job in programming. After struggling to find employment in this sector, Byron wasn’t sure what other roles to look for. Also not having any work experience was a barrier to Byron so signed up to Universal Credit.  After completing a life skills and employability course with Acuman Byron was then referred into DurhamWorks in 2019 to get further support into securing employment. Following on from her passion for programming, Byron was then referred into DurhamWorks Delivery Partner, RAW Digital. After working with RAW Digital he applied fo...


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 ...