Aged 16 to 24, living in County Durham, unemployed and looking for new opportunities? Want to get your dream career on track? 

Our partners can help you. 

Take a look at which partners work in your area, then click the links below to find out more about them, or download our summary guide.

Boost your confidence and employability through an all-expenses paid scheme with a national charity in County Durham. Full training and support will be provided as you volunteer on a helpline and webmail service.

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The Finishing Touches course will give you the self-belief and expert advice needed to be at your very best in interviews. It’s tailored to each person to give you the exact skills you need to ace your next interview.

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Vocational training is available in a wide range of areas including machine operation, joinery, design and sales. Once you complete a three to five-week course, you will receive a certificate and reference.

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CDCF gives employers funding and support to train and take on young people as part of DurhamWorks. They can access funding for equipment, training and salary costs. 

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If you’re a young person aged 16-plus with a criminal record, CDYOS can help you move forward. Durham County Council's youth offending service’s support package is based on an assessment of mental health, substance misuse and speech, communication and language needs.

The trust uses world class, Olympic athletes to motivate and inspire young people to lead a positive life. It runs a number of activities and challenges which could help you access training, education and employment.

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Derwentside College based in Consett, provides high quality education and training that focuses on the developing the knowledge, skills and qualities needed by our learners to progress into sustained employment. We are one of the largest and most successful providers of apprenticeships in the country.

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Join a six-week programme which aims to give you everything you need to get into employment, apprenticeships or further education. Get help with CV's and cover letters and sharpen your job searching skills. The scheme also includes team-building activities and optional short learning courses.

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Want to get match fit for the world of work? The foundation runs fun, interactive programmes which use the power of sport to help develop important skills that could kick-start your career.

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During your time at DurhamWorks, you’ll receive continual support from Groundwork NE. This includes advice and information, training with qualifications, job matching help, as well as residential activities and volunteering opportunities.

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Young people are welcome to the organisation’s weekly drop-in service in Crook. You can also take part in a series of intensive week-long programmes of creative arts activities including film, theatre, music and visual arts.

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This Durham County Council service can help you get into education, employment or training. It can also involve other agencies who can assist with things like housing and benefits.

Their Train Track programme is a fun and exciting way to get skills and experience. You can take part in fun activities like skiing and Lazer Wars. This will help you to build your confidence, make new friends and learn new skills. 


Durham County Council's ReaL team can help you find appropriate jobs, apprenticeships or further education places if you are between 19 and 24. The team provide direct support to employers to create job and training opportunities for DurhamWorks young people.

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The Plan 4 Life scheme looks at each individual’s career and education dreams in an informal, creative and fun environment. It will identify your needs and offers a unique way of focusing on your future.

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Develop your essential work skills such as communication, teamwork and problem-solving – and gain a qualification afterwards. The employability qualification is run at Chester-le-Street and Fencehouses.

Join the Stepping Stones programme to get employability skills, experience and qualifications. Or if you know you are looking for a position in the health and social care sector then join the 10 week routeway.

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Below are a list of our other partners who are working on the DurhamWorks programme, to provide training and support to you.

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