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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.

Enquire about DurhamLearn courses to ask for further information on any of our courses, or alternatively you can contact us by phone or email.

Please note we can enrol you on a course after the start date has passed.

Future Focus

VenueDayTimeStart dateNumber of weeks
Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre
DL5 4EH
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday9.15am to 3.45pm11 September 202336
Cornerstones
Chester-le-Street
DH3 3TF
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday9.15am to 3.45pm11 September 202336

Supported internship

VenueDayTimeStart dateNumber of weeks
The Sjovoll Centre
Durham
DH1 5BL
Monday and Thursday
  • 9.15am to 12.30pm (Monday)
  • 1.00pm to 3.45pm (Thursday)
11 September 202336

Get Into 16+ programme

Our Get Into 16+ programme will equip you with the confidence, mindset, and skills you need to succeed and move forward. Whether you are considering moving into an apprenticeship or getting a job, the programme is designed to help you to achieve your goals.

From help with application forms to interview techniques, as well as providing specific qualifications, employability skills, and careers advice and guidance, we will support you every step of the way. The programme is available to anyone who has achieved a minimum of entry level 2 in maths and English (or equivalent), or working at entry level 3 maths or English, but can have also achieved up to a maximum level 3 qualification.

The programme will include a work experience placement of one to three days and will take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

VenueDayTimeStart dateNumber of weeks
The Sjovoll Centre
Durham
DH1 5BL
Monday and Thursday
  • 1.00pm to 3.45pm (Monday)
  • 9.15am to 12.30pm (Thursday)
25 September 2023 Flexible

Business and professional skills' qualification courses

Apprenticeships are an exciting option for both apprentice and employer, allowing apprentices to combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. You will be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification. By the end of the apprenticeship, you will have gained the knowledge, skills and behaviour needed to either succeed in your chosen career or progression. What you depends on the role that you are training for. However, apprentices in every role follow an approved study programme, which means you'll gain a nationally recognised qualification at the end of your apprenticeship.

Depending on your needs, these qualifications could contain the following:

  • Functional Skills level 1 or 2 (GCSE level qualification in maths and English)
  • Mandatory Diploma level 2 to 6

Apprenticeships are available to people of all ages. This makes them a great option for anyone looking to change their career, upskill or re-enter a job role after taking some time out. The opportunities are endless.

Level 3

  • Business Administrator
  • HR Support
  • Learning and Development Practitioner
  • Leisure Duty Manager
  • Library, Information and Archive Service Assistant
  • Public Sector Compliance Investigator and Officer
  • Team Leader or Supervisor

Level 4

  • Employability Practitioner
  • Revenues and Welfare Benefits Practitioner
  • School Business Professional

Level 5

  • Operations or Departmental Manager

Health, care and education qualification courses

Level 2

  • Adult Care Worker
  • Early Years Practitioner

Level 3

  • Lead Adult Care Worker
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Early Years Educator

Level 4

  • Children, Young People and Families Practitioner
Contact us
Durham Learn
03000 266 115
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Crook Council Offices
  • Crook
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL15 9ES