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Help and support for individuals

We can help you back into work and to improve your career by gaining the skills that local businesses really need.

Employment opportunity

We are supporting recruitment for Amazon's new Gateshead Fulfilment Centre. They are offering a five day course which will help develop the knowledge and skills needed to work for Amazon and all attendees will get a guaranteed interview on completion of the one week course. You must be aged 20 and over to be eligible and must be referred by your Job Centre Plus (JCP) Advisor. 

Each course will take place Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 3.00pm at Mile House, Bridge End, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3RA

Courses are: 9 to 13 August, 16 to 20 August, 23 to 27 August, 31 August to 3 September (Tuesday to Friday) and 6 to 10 September

Ask your JCP advisor for a referral or 'contact us' for more information

Skills support

We can help you with our training package which covers skills such as:

  • food safety
  • health and safety
  • emergency first aid
  • customer service
  • business administration
  • IT
  • hospitality
  • mentoring
  • team leading
  • basic maths, English and ICT

We also offer a wide range of short courses that can be completed in a day in venues across County Durham. If you are unemployed all short courses are free. We currently offer over 30 short courses including: 

  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • Automated External Defibrillation
  • Health & Safety at Work
  • Food Safety
  • Safe Manual Handling
  • Principles of COSHH
  • Communicating Assertively
  • Professional Telephone Techniques
  • Supervisory Workshop
  • Leadership Skills

'Get into...' programmes

If you are unemployed or looking for a career change our 'Get into...' programmes help you gain knowledge, skills and experience to progress your chosen career. We offer:

  • Business Administration
  • Care
  • Contact Centre
  • Construction
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail

If you are 18 to 25

If you're aged 18 to 25 and not in education, employment or training you may be interested in our Durham Works programme.

More information

Contact us to discuss your employment and/or training needs and we'll see how we can help. Workforce development services are delivered by our Durham Employment and Skills team. 

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In partnership with

  • Matrix
  • NCFE
  • City and Guilds
  • Durham Employment and Skills
  • Qual Safe Awards
Contact us
Durham Employment and Skills Service
03000 266 644