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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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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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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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