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Durham County Council job scheme for unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds

Young people aged 16 to 24 on Universal Credit will be able to apply for a number of job vacancies with Durham County Council through an employment scheme run by the authority.

Council-run DurhamWorks, which offers one-to-one tailored support to unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds claiming Universal Credit get back into employment, has secured up to 92 council job placements for young people in the county.

The placements have been made available under the government's Kickstart Scheme, which provides funding to employers to create six-month job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit.

The aim of the scheme is to give young people the chance to build their confidence and skills in the workplace, and to gain experience that will improve their chances of going on to find long-term, sustainable work.

Durham Council’s job placements cover a range of roles in a number of areas, including refuse and recycling, administration, gardening, service user support, ICT and welding/fabrication.

A finance administration role at the local authority has already been filled through the scheme.

Commenting, Durham County Council’s Head of Education and Skills, Jim Murray said: "DurhamWorks has up to 92 approved vacancies available for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit.

“The vacancies cover a range of service areas within the council and can be applied for through Job Centre Plus."

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