Daniel's story

Daniel has complex special needs, which have affected his education in the past. DurhamWorks helped to find a tailor-made Traineeship which met all of his needs.

Daniel joined the DurhamWorks Programme because he was unsure about his options for training and employment. He enjoyed working with his hands and wanted to explore practical college courses, so his DurhamWorks advisor visited local colleges with him and helped him to enrol on a Construction course.

When Daniel decided the course was not for him, he asked his DurhamWorks advisor about using his practical skills during work experience.

Daniel had tried to get work experience or voluntary work before but issues relating to his wheelchair, such as health and safety problems, always held him back. His DurhamWorks advisor suggested that a Traineeship might fit Daniel’s needs as it would involve both work experience and training.

They found a supportive training provider and a local furniture scheme was identified as a good place to complete work experience. They could support Daniel’s needs and his skills and qualities fit an existing Maintenance vacancy there.

Daniel has met with the staff and familiarised himself with the surroundings. DurhamWorks are helping to organise transport for him and once confirmed, Daniel will begin his Traineeship.

Daniel’s mother is extremely grateful for the support DurhamWorks gave him. She said his confidence has grown and he feels that ‘someone is finally giving him a chance’.

DurhamWorks can offer tailor-made support to meet the needs of 16-24 year olds, living in County Durham, who aren't in education, employment or training. Contact us to find out more.

Posted in Our Stories on Mar 13, 2018

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