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DurhamWorks Improving Your Future Sector Routeways

Durham County Council

DurhamWorks are looking for specialist providers who can deliver tailored bespoke support to 16-24 year olds living in County Durham who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET).
We are looking to work with a range of providers who have strong employer links who can develop and deliver a range of sector based routeways linked to real opportunities such as:

  • Work Experience
  • Traineeships
  • Apprenticeships
  • Jobs

We are looking to create pathways into employment which are accessible for young people on DurhamWorks and have scope to provide ongoing training and development to support sustained progression.

Participant Eligibility

Participants will be classed as being eligible under the following criteria and eligibility evidence must be collected and provided with the claims process.   Further details of this will be provided upon contract award.

  • Must be young people or young adults aged 16 – 24 yrs. old inclusively based on age at start. Young people aged 15 can be engaged after the official school leaving date.
  • Must be County Durham residents living within the boundaries of Durham County Council
  • Must be NEET/unemployed at start.

In addition to the above minimum eligibility criteria, the focus of DurhamWorks will be on engaging with participants who are classified as vulnerable and or disadvantaged:

There is a particular emphasis on creating opportunities that tackle gender stereotypes and that engage with young women.

Priority groups for the programme are:

  • Vulnerable
  • Young parents
  • Young people who offend/at risk of re-offending
  • Young people in care or care leavers
  • Young carers
  • Young people with a history of homelessness.


  • 16 and 17 year olds who have been NEET for more than 3 months
  • 18 to 25 year olds who are economically inactive and are not registered with Job Centre Plus
  • Young People living in a deprived area of the county
  • Young people experiencing rural isolation
  • Young people being identified by school or college as requiring additional support on leaving
  • Young people with a history of substance misuse/gaming addiction
  • LGB&T
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Gypsy Roma Traveller Communities.

Value of contract £50k – £1.4m


Closing date 30 May 201

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