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Work skills, traineeships and apprenticeships

We run a series of courses to broaden skills and experience and help improve your prospects and get employment.

Future Focus Life and Work Skills Programme

Learners with a range of abilities, including those with significant speech, language and communication difficulties will learn to express their opinions, and make realistic choices as they prepare for adulthood, while following the key themes of employment, independent living, health and community inclusion.

Time in real community settings helps learners close the 'gap' between their aspirations and the skills, knowledge and experience that they already possess.

Supported internships

A chance to develop skills and experience in an employment environment, with the offer of tailored support.

This course aims to help you move into sustainable, paid employment. Running across a full academic year, you will take part in a personalised study programme during your time with the employer, with the option to gain relevant qualifications including English and maths. No formal qualifications are required.

Supported internships are available for young people with an Education Health and Care Plan up to academic age of 25.


Designed for young people who want to work but need some extra help and support.

We offer the training and work experience you need to develop your life and work skills, particularly English, maths and ICT. This programme, which can be up to 12 months, is aimed at young people who have some qualifications below Level 3 (A Level) and who have a limited experience of work, but will be ready to start paid work by the end of the programme.

Traineeships are available to all young people aged 16 to 24.


Contact us
Durham Learn
03000 266 115
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Crook Council Offices
  • Crook
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL15 9ES