Improving Progression for Young People

Post 16 Participation Infographic Report – April 2019

Please find the latest edition of the monthly infographic report.

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Durham Employment & Skills 

Whether you are a new charity or well established, Durham County Council’s Durham Employment & Skills Service can offer staff training services to help your charity grow. We provide industry recognised qualifications for your staff from short courses that can be completed in a day to high level management qualifications. We can also develop and deliver bespoke training programmes to match your needs.

Deborah Richardson from Marie Curie shares her positive experience of working with DES to train their people.

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Updated Start Today booklet 


If you’re aged 16 to 19 years, and thinking about making changes in 2017, our new Start Today booklet contains everything you need to get into training or employment.

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Talent Match Helps More Young People Find Work And Training 

Two young men from County Durham who underwent a training scheme and and then were taken on by a local company have told unemployed over 18’s how they did it.

Kieron Johnson, 21 and Scott Musgrave, 25, both from Newton Aycliffe, spoke to visitors at the National Careers Service event in Bishop Auckland to encourage them to sign up to the Talent Match Scheme. Northern communities’ charity DISC runs the Talent Match programme in County Durham for local young people.
The scheme provides tailored support with job searches, funding, training and work experience for people aged between 18 and 24 who are struggling to find work.

Kieron said: “Before working with Talent Match, I was stuck in dead end jobs.
“Now, after working with people on-site with different trades and ages, I’m much more confident.
“I’m happy that I’ve got a real job that offers career progression and getting my Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card means I can work on building sites across the country.”
Kieron now works for More Time, a not-for-profit social enterprise based in Newton Aycliffe. He spoke to young people who showed an interest in the programme.

Scott has also started working for More Time. He said “this is the first proper job I’ve had. I never thought that I’d be able to do something like this. Or to be able to speak to other people to persuade them to get some good training.”
Kate Thompson, DISC’s Youth Coach, manages the Talent Match programme.
She said: “Kieron and Scott’s positive attitude helped recruit more than 30 people at the event for one-to-one sessions, to begin the process of securing training or employment.”

The event was organised by The National Careers Service and was held at Bishop Auckland Town Hall. As well as Talent Match, well-known organisations including the NHS, HM Revenue and Customs and The Army were also in attendance.

Brighter future for youth employment with DurhamWorks 

Almost 6,000 unemployed 16—24 year olds are to benefit after Durham County Council secured £17m to kick start the DurhamWorks project to help them on their pathway to employment.
DurhamWorks is a dedicated service for all young people aged 16-24 living in County Durham who are not in education, employment, or training including young people with caring responsibilities. It provides information, help and guidance to help young people get on in education, work and in life.

It’s a complete package of support that provides young people with all the help and support they need to reach their potential. Young people will be able to access an array of activities and personalised support to enter and remain in training or employment (including self-employment and social enterprises). And there is specialist and mainstream training and education to support them on their career pathway.

With a range of tailored activities and pathways DurhamWorks can support in a wide range of ways to help young people move into traineeships, work experience, volunteering opportunities, supported internships, apprenticeships and much more.
There is additional support to help young people who need extra help, with specialist support to remove any barriers to taking part. This may include putting support in place to help manage caring responsibilities or childcare; or getting support for managing behaviour or substance misuse.

Supportive and non- judgemental DurhamWorks highly qualified and experienced careers advisors will provide tailored one-to-one support throughout the journey. And there is support for local employers to help them create meaningful opportunities for young people who are signed up to the DurhamWorks project.

If you would be interested in finding out more about how DurhamWorks can help you or you would like to make an appointment to see an advisor contact us on 0300 026 2930 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.