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European Social Fund

DurhamWorks (Youth Employment Initiative)

Funded under the European Social Fund, DurhamWorks is led by Durham County Council with 18 partners. Running until July 2018, DurhamWorks will engage approximately 5,800 15-24 year olds who are unemployed or economically inactive. Groundwork will be delivering across all three strands of DurhamWorks programme; engagement, support and skills. We will be targeted on sustaining progression of participants into education, employment or training. Read more

Tees Valley Pathways (Youth Employment Initiative)

Funded under the European Social Fund, The Tees Valley Pathways Programme forms part of the Youth Employment Initiative. The Groundwork North East & Cumbria Youth Team work across the Tees Valley and if you are aged 15 to 29 years old and either unemployed or inactive then we can support you to progress into employment, education and training.

We do this through: -

  • One to One support combined with an exciting set of activities which will you provide you with new skills and valuable experience.
  • Pathway Programme which will offer you with the opportunity to gain a qualification while receiving practical experience within sectors such as Horticulture, Youth Work, Marketing, Manufacturing and Business Admin.
  • Enterprise Camp Programme which provides you with the opportunity to explore and expand your entrepreneurial skills by participating in our exciting outward bound residential.

Links to Work

Funded under the European Social Fund, Links to Work is a vountary 52 week employment provision for customers aged 16+ aimed at helping people who have been unemployed or inactive for a minimum of 26 week, enter and sustain employment.

We currently run the programme on behalf of Working Links in County Durham and Tyne & Wear.

Using tailored 1:1 approach and by providing a flexible  and personalised package of support, it focuses on work readiness activities to help ensure we support people who face multiple  barriers to work. It is delivered through a series of interventions both on an individual and group basis which focuses on specific needs of the customer along with a tailor package of in-work support.

The choices you make today will decide who you will be tomorrow, let us help you make the right one. 

Journey 2 Work

The Journey 2 Work Programme for Long term unemployed or economically inactive people is now being delivered across Cumbria on behalf of G4S.

The programme is delivered from our three teams in Workington, Carlisle and Barrow but deliver throughout Cumbria. Our teams are mobile and specialise in delivering the programme from local community venues ensuring that we are as accessible as possible.

The programme is delivered from three separate teams, Workington, Carlisle and Barrow and can deliver the programme from office bases or out in the local community.

Family, Adult and Community Learning 

Part funded under the European Social Fund, we deliver Learning Programmes across County Durham, Sunderland and Cumbria. We work with local communities, voluntary organisations, employers and public health to deliver the learning, skills and training people need to change their lives for the better. 

All our provision is local and accessible, with courses covering a broad range of opportunities for personal development, support for health and wellbeing and the chance to gain skills, experience and qualifications for employment, further education and volunteering.

Family learning provides opportunities for parents, carers, grandparents and their children to learn together in a fun, engaging environment. Topics ranges from healthy eating to active play, horticulture to budgeting, English and maths. This type of learning re-enforces relationships, improves confidence, health and behaviour and develops important functional skills.

We offer a range of courses to help adults with learning disabilities and/or difficulties to develop creative, employability or independent living skills. 

Work Programme

The Work Programme provides tailored support for claimants who need more help to undertake active and effective jobseeking. Participants receive support to overcome barriers that prevent them from finding and staying in work.
The Work Programme represents a step change for Welfare to Work in this country, creating a structure that treats people as individuals and allows us greater freedom to tailor the right support to the individual needs of each customer.
Groundwork NE & Cumbria is contracted by PeoplePlus to provide a full Work Programme service to customers in the central, southern and south-western areas of County Durham.
The Work Programme also ensures value for money for the taxpayer by basing payments largely on results, and paying service providers from the benefits saved from getting people into work. It is very much a partnership between Government and providers from across the public, private and third sectors.