Training & Employment

We deliver a number of Training and Employment Programmes aimed at getting people closer to the job market. These range from one day "taster courses" to qualifications to enable participants to secure employment.

Reaching out Across Durham

Reaching Out Across Durham’ (ROAD) brings together 12 well respected voluntary and community service organisations who want to make a real difference to the lives of 625 people who live in County Durham and are aged 25 and over. We will achieve this by providing 1:1 intensive support that encourages and enables participants to achieve their goals as they move towards and into job search, employment, education and training.

Participants will receive 1:1 support from a range of health and finance specialists as well as access to a range of training and vocational courses and guidance, support and advice on any area needed to enable participants to make positive choices.

ROAD is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund until July 2019, and is a Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme.

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Call today on 07525 813 065 or 07736 264 979 to begin making a real difference to your life!

Adult Education Courses

The Cornforth Partnership have qualified tutors who deliver formal and informal learning to residents 19+ years old living or working in County Durham through Durham County Council’s Adult Learning Contract funded through ESF. Training delivered include the following: - 

Steps for Success (Confidence Building)                                 CSCS Site Safety

Understanding Domestic Abuse and Developing Recovery Strategies (Level 1 or 2 Qualification)

Stay and Play                                                                                Introduction to Card Craft

Gifts from the Heart                                                                   Hanging Baskets Workshop

4 Week Mini Boot Camps                                                          I Feel Better

Walk and Talk                                                                               Healthy Eating on a Budget

First Aid                                                                                         Let’s Volunteer

Introduction to Gardening Skills                                               Paediatric First Aid

Time for You                                                                                 Fit for Fun

Mental Health Awareness                                                         Anti-Bullying Workshop

Durham Works Young Persons Support

DurhamWorks is a partnership project between Durham County Council and 16 organisations working together to support young people who are not in education, employment or training.

We offer two training programmes to help young people into education, training or employment. Our Health & Social Care Routeway, in the south west of the county, will run over 10 weeks on Mondays and is for young people who want to get started in the Health and Social Care industry. 

This course could be a great way to begin a career in social care or nursing. Participants will take part in training, work experience placements and gain a level 2 qualification in the Health and Social Care sector. At the end of the course, they will have a guaranteed interview with a local employer. 

Our Stepping Stones course in the south west of the county and in Derwentside, is tailored to meet the needs of each young person we work with. We can help with everything from gaining qualifications to more intense one to one support, including mentoring, to remove barriers to employment. The course is ongoing, so you can join whenever you like and take part on days which suit you. 

LA7 Employment Training

Funding was awarded to Cornforth Partnership to engage with participants who are aged 19+ and are eligible to work in the UK with the purpose of mobilising disadvantaged or excluded unemployed and inactive people to help their progress towards employment and/or further learning and training. This project supports a range of activities which include:

  • Initial help with basic skills
  • Skills development
  • Taster work experience including voluntary work
  • Training, advice and counselling
  • Link with/enhance Job search assistance
  • Confidence building
  • First contact engagement activities
Thank You to our Partners & Funders