Some of the stories and experiences from young people who have been helped by DurhamWorks.

Kickstart for business is now available through DurhamWorks

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

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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Are you interested in an apprenticeship with Durham County Council?

Durham County Council is looking to recruit 30+ apprentices across a wide range of occupations within the following areas:

  • Waste Resource Operative
  • Horticulture
  • Business Administration
  • Human Resources Support
  • Financial Management
  • Degree Apprenticeships in Civil Engineering & Quantity Surveying.

There are a range of opportunities at Levels 2, 3 and Degree (Level 6) to work towards.  

DurhamWorks Delivery Partner, Citizens Advice County Durham, will be holding online sessions to help DurhamWorks participants understand and successfully complete the Durham County Council...

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Jamie's Story

Jamie came to Finishing Touches after finding that college was just not for him.

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Lucy's Story

Lucy is one of many young people who have taken part in the project so far. She has developed her social skills, confidence and self-esteem with support from DurhamWorks.

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Brandon's Story

Brandon approached Consett YMCA as part of the Finishing Touches project on DurhamWorks as he wanted to get an apprenticeship.

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