Your business future depends
on what you do today!
New ideas, talent and enthusiasm for growing businesses.
DurhamWorks is a free service that helps businesses access the many rewards of employing young people.
No matter what size business you are or the sector you are in, whether you are a one-person band to a large organisation, DurhamWorks is here to help you with your business growth needs. Supporting you in fulfilling your current vacancies, apprenticeships or work experience opportunities.
With our dedicated Employer Engagement Team, all employers utilising our service will work with a single point of contact who will discuss your role requirements to ensure they can support you in finding the ideal match for your business.
Our Employer Engagement Team will:
Advertise the role on our website and Social Media pages (Including Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter)
Pre-screen to ensure applicants have the right skills for you
Submit applicants to you via the route you have specified (CVs, applications, etc.)
Support to arrange interviews with follow-ups
Here are just a few reasons why hundreds of County Durham businesses are already taking advantage of the scheme:
Does it cost to use your service? No, it's a free service connecting and supporting your business growth. We may even be able to help you access funding
What would we do, or what service would we provide? We can advertise, sift CVs, pre-screen candidates, support to arrange interviews and follow up as required.
Would we organise CVs, and would we provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates? Yes, we would organise CVs and provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates. We would also pass feedback to the DurhamWorks Progression team, who would support the Young Person in future applications.
Can we organise Apprenticeships? No, but we would signpost you to the relevant information, and we can provide candidates for apprenticeship vacancies.
How many candidates can we provide? We can’t guarantee a figure, but we have several Young People registered with us who are work ready.
How long can work trial/work experience be? Work trial a couple of days, work experience two weeks, but can be longer subject to the young person.
Do we check references? No, this would be the responsibility of the employer to check.
Does my business have to be in the County Durham area? No, but the candidates have to live in County Durham.
Six Employer Engagement Officers are covering County Durham, actively connecting with employers across the North East.
The team also collaborates with Delivery Partners and Sub Contractors to support work-ready candidates into opportunities.
Get in touch with an Officer...
Mid-Durham - Claire.Griss@durham.gov.uk
North Durham - Nic.Watson@durham.gov.uk
East Durham - Joanne.Standen@durham.gov.uk
South - Michele.Atkinson@durham.gov.uk / Craig.Mayhew2@durham.gov.uk
All Areas - Sharon.Whitfield2@durham.gov.uk
Interested? Complete this form, call 03000 262 930 or email EmployerEngagementOfficers@durham.gov.uk to speak to a member of the team.