County wide coverage is important to a county as rural as Durham, as such we have looked at provision in each locality carefully.  In addition to bursary, in particular circumstances we could apply to One Point to assist with paying for a taxi if a learner couldn’t access particular provision, for example not living on.

East Durham College: Fresh Start – running a 6 week accredited Employability programme within both their Willerby Grove Campus in Peterlee, and Houghall Campus in Durham.  As part of the programme learners get the opportunity to get involved in volunteering.

Springboard: – running a 6 week accredited Employability programme in Peterlee, offering work tasters in the occupational areas of learner choice.

Foundation of Light: Back on Track – running an accredited 8 week Employability programme in Peterlee offering an Entry Level 3 certificate in Sport & Leisure.

Groundwork : Motiv8– running 2, 6 week horticulture programmes:  One in Bishop Auckland and one in Stanley. This theme of Motiv8 is designed to improve the young person’s employability, personal and social skills though a range of practical hands on outdoor tasks. Groundwork will concentrate on supporting young people through the programme that is based around a variety of sessions with a strong focus on encouraging engagement in “social action” in the community. Learners will also have an opportunity to achieve City & Guilds Certificate in Site Safety that, if successful will allow them to sit the on line CSCS Card test. This is additional to NOCN Level 1 Certificate in Skills Towards Employment, Training and Personal Development and will be offered as a bolt on towards the end of courses to young people who would benefit from obtaining a CSCS card.

North East Autism Society (NEAS): SAPPHIRE Support, Aspirations, Personalised Partnerships, Holistic, Responsive, Engaging – county wide provision for leaners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, offering a wide range of qualifications from Entry Level to L2. Maths, English and communication skills are embedded into the learning.  Although the main learning will take place in Newton Aycliffe, the provision is open to learners from across County Durham.  Short courses will be 1 day per week for 6 weeks, and Long courses will be 2 days a week for 8 weeks.

Royal Mencap Society: Into employment – county wide provision for learners with LLDD, with workshops are in both Bishop Auckland and Consett.  The 20 week course is non accredited but works with learners on improving confidence and developing essential work place skills by gaining work tasters in a number of different occupational areas.

DISC: Lead 2 – this is an innovate education support project for young people with mental health and wellbeing issues which prevents them from progressing successfully into post 16 opportunities. Learners will work towards NOCN Award in Skills for Employment, Training and Personal Development.  Open to learners from across the county, the course will run 4 groups, using practical activities to engage learners; 2 will be using a horse riding centre and 2 will be involved with outdoor activities.

Catch 22: Pre Mainstream – running in Stanley, this programme is for learners who are not quite ready for mainstream provision.  Speaking & Listening Unit to E3 or L1.

Catch 22: ABC2 (And baby Came 2) – a 10 week parenting programme for young mams & dad’s running in Stanley.  Learners will work towards an employability Award covering Health Eating, Budgeting and cooking healthily on a budget.

Sportworks: – Running in Newton Aycliffe, Central Durham and Stanley, the programme utilises sport to encourage and inspire learners. The accredited programme is individualised to learner need, ensuring a wide range of learners can access

YMCA: Learn 2 Earn – running an accredited outdoor programme from Weardale House in Weardale.  The short 6 week course encourages learners to challenge themselves into doing high ropes, river walking, canoeing etc. Learners will also gain a L2 Emergency First Aid certificate and a L1 Employability Skills Award.

Durham County Council

The Durham team consists of 4 Key workers (seconded from One Point, Durham’s Integrated Team) & 1 Team Leader, and we offer wrap around support for the young people accessing ESF provision county wide.  All 5 advisers are Personal Advisers qualified with a L6 or L4 in Information, Advice & Guidance.  With advisers coming from One Point & Adult Learning, as a team we have excellent relationships with Health Visitors, Youth Workers, School Nurses & Education Welfare Officers.

Externally we also work with Family Intervention Partnership, Social Care & Health, Housing Agencies & Homeless Support, Schools etc

We also all contribute to Durham’s IYSS system which holds all learner details (including interventions), ensuring up to date & accurate information, so we can all (including advisers from the wider One Point Team) effectively & efficiently work with young people.

The main aim of the team is to provide wrap around support to all ESF learners and to support the Learning Providers in delivering quality provision and reinforcing accurate completion of paperwork.  The support is differentiated to individual learner need including IAG support, avocation, and mediation.  In addition we help with independent travel training, getting birth certificates, attendance at Homeless Joint Protocol meeting, attendance at Team Around the Family meetings etc

In addition to the Assessment & Enrolment form, we would complete Single Assessment paperwork to better support the learner.

Progressions are extremely important in the work we do and we are forever mindful of potential route ways available to the learners.  We regularly attend college information updates and carry out training provider visits to make sure our LMI is up to date.

Contact Details for Durham County Council Team

Karen Hudson

Transition Support Team Leader: County wide support

Tel. 03000 267486
07500 106669

Carol Gallagher

Key Worker for East Durham

Tel. 03000 268466

Julie Wilson

Key Worker for South Durham

Tel. 03000 268429

Mark Boyd

Key Worker for Derwentside

Tel. 03000 261714

Joy Barrass

Key Worker for Mid Durham County Council

Tel. 03000 269880

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