Employability Project
Martin Walker

Member Article

County Durham building firm boosts jobseekers’ prospects

Two County Durham jobseekers picked up vital new skills and boosted their job prospects after securing work placements with a local building firm.

Darren Edwards, of Willington, and Shaun Henderson, from Bishop Auckland, both recently completed the two-week placements with Wates Building Services in Crook, working on housing projects.

The pair, who are both unemployed, gained the valuable experience thanks to a link-up between Durham County Council - through its Employability Project - Dale & Valley Homes, and Wates Building Services.

The Employability Project has already helped many people get work across the county, providing free one-to-one mentoring and guidance to help remove barriers to them finding a job.

This can include assisting with job searches, advice on training and education, help with letter-writing and CVs and getting funding towards developing new skills.

Darren and Shaun, Dale & Valley Homes residents, were supported by Durham County Council’s employability mentoring officer Steve Martin, who put them forward for the opportunity.

Joanne Jamieson, regional managing director of Wates Living Space, said: “Work placements act as a great launch pad for those serious about embarking upon a career in construction.

“At Wates, we make a concerted effort to pass on our knowledge and skills to support those looking to join the industry and it was fantastic to see such enthusiasm from Darren and Shaun.

“Both embraced the opportunity of ‘on the job’ experience and I hope that they go on to enjoy fruitful careers in the sector.”

Cllr Neil Foster, Cabinet member for economic regeneration at Durham County Council, said: “This is another example of how successful our partnership with local employers is proving in helping jobseekers get back into training and work.”

The Employability Project is available to residents in Mid Durham, Teesdale, Weardale, Bishop Auckland, Shildon, Crook, Tow Law and Willington via funding from the local Area Action Partnerships.

People who would like to know more can contact the project team on 03000 262383.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Martin Walker .

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