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Following a steep rise in cases across the region, the whole of the North East has been named as an area that will receive additional support. You can read the latest statement from LA7 leaders. There are no additional restrictions on the area or residents but with cases of Covid higher than ever before everyone is asked to continue to act carefully and responsibly. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. See Covid-19 advice and information for advice on how to stay safe. Thank you for playing your part in helping to keep the North East open and protect others.

We're recruiting people aged 18+ who are interested in starting a career in adult social care in County Durham

Now more than ever, if you're ready to make a difference we're looking for people to join us, because we care for those who care.

This is a fast track route into employment in the adult social care sector for people aged 18+ who are looking for a career in care.

If you have an underlying health condition which could make you clinically vulnerable and at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus you may wish to consider delaying your application at this time. Information on those people classed as clinically vulnerable can be found in Section 8 of the government guidelines Staying alert and safe (social distancing).

If you have decided to postpone your application at this time, we do offer a range of that could still prepare you for employment in the care sector at a later date. If you would like further details, please email us at

We've launched a recruitment and training programme to upskill potential new staff to access opportunities in the adult health and social care sector in response to the pressures that the COVID-19 pandemic is placing on our county's adult social care sector. We are looking for people who want to pursue long term careers in the adult social care sector beyond the pandemic with support and training provided to develop their career prospects for the future.

Icon for pdf Carer recruitment video transcript (PDF, 8.7kb)

The County Durham Care Academy is actively recruiting to three key roles and have developed a programme of remote training and development to access opportunities as they arise in this fast-changing environment. These roles are:

  • Care worker
  • Kitchen Assistants
  • Domestic Assistants

You can find all you need to apply for these roles below, including an outline Job Description. The application form is available at Apply for Care Academy.

From this we'll be able to assess you're online training needs and direct you to a range of short modules which can be completed remotely.

We will also send you details of how to complete an enhanced DBS (disclosure barring service) check which we will provide to you free of charge.

On completion of the training and DBS check we will contact you with details of employment opportunities in your chosen area.

You may be required to provide support to vulnerable adults with COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19 but will be provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) and training to safely support them.

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Contact us
County Durham Care Academy
03000 260 222
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Crook Council Offices
  • Crook
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL15 9ES
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