Funding to support unemployed young people secured

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

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

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

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...


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