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Employment scheme helps 17-year-old secure new job

Published July 07, 2021 12.25pm

A 17-year-old from County Durham has found permanent employment thanks to the help of a job scheme for young people.

Cameron Pritchard

Mick Tyler, managing director of Fox Commercial Finance (left) with Cameron Pritchard

Cameron Pritchard signed up to DurhamWorks after struggling to find a job, despite actively applying and searching after leaving school.

The Durham County Council-run scheme offers advice and support to young people aged 16-24 who are living in County Durham and are not in education, employment, or training.

Help finding the right job

Cameron was looking for extra support in writing and updating his CV, completing job applications, improving his interview skills and help with finding the right job, and was teamed with Kerry Thompson, an Employer Engagement Officer at DurhamWorks, to help look at his options.

DurhamWorks supported Cameron in finding and applying for jobs, assisted with interview preparation, and provided funding to cover travel and starter expenses such as clothing and shoes.

Cameron found that through the programme he not only built his confidence but developed his communication and writing skills which helped him to secure a full-time administration position with Fox Management, a business consultancy in Stanley, County Durham.

Cameron said: "I struggled to find employment, despite actively searching and applying for jobs.

"DurhamWorks provided me with weekly updated vacancies of traineeships, apprenticeships, part time and full-time employment all within my local area and travelling distance."

Support after starting work

As well as preparing for full-time employment, DurhamWorks also provides young people with information, advice, and guidance once they have started their new job.

Cllr Ted Henderson, Cabinet member for children and young people's services, said: "It's great to see that Cameron has been able to secure full-time employment and is thriving in his new job. His success is a great example of the support DurhamWorks provides to young people who are looking for their next opportunity."

Find more information about DurhamWorks online. To speak with an advisor, the team can be called on 03000 262 930 or text 'WORKS' to 60777.