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Support to develop workforce


Support to develop workforce

If you’re looking to develop your workforce there are many possibilities, from apprentices and training programmes to interns and postgraduate fellowships.

There are many schemes and training providers who can help you develop your workforce. But it can be confusing knowing who to speak to and understanding what they offer.

With our support, you can identify the best training providers to help you upskill or train your existing employees. And best of all…many of the training schemes are subsidised or free.



Changes have been made to the way apprenticeship funding works, including:

If you’re an employer with a pay bill over £3 million each year, you must pay the apprenticeship levy from 6 April 2017. Read guidance on how to pay the apprenticeship levy. You will report and pay your levy to HMRC through the PAYE process. The levy will not affect the way you fund training for apprentices who started an apprenticeship programme before 1 May 2017. You’ll need to carry on funding training for these apprentices under the terms and conditions that were in place at the time the apprenticeship started.

Non-levy paying employers will share the cost of training and assessing their apprentices with government - this is called ‘co-investment’. From May 2017, you will pay 10% towards to the cost of apprenticeship training and government will pay the rest (90%), up to the funding band maximum.



DurhamWorks helps employers recruit young people in to their business.  Employers are given help with managing the recruitment process, pre-screening candidates, HR advice and in work support.  Training can be tailored for DurhamWorks young people to ensure they have the skills required to thrive in your business.

DurhamWorks are working with hundreds of business in County Durham.  Listed below are a few of the reasons why they chose to access the support:

  • Young people are eager to learn and can be shaped to meet your business needs
  • They offer both a short and long-term answer to your skills demands
  • They provide a fresh perspective and new ideas – which could unlock new opportunities or solve age-old problems within your organisation
  • Their enthusiasm at work can be infectious. Studies show that young people can have a tangible effect on staff morale
  • Our expertise and support in the selection process ensures you’ll find the exact young talent you need to grow and succeed.
  • Training and mentoring ensures that your young employees continue to develop and become increasingly valuable to the business.

You could have a hand in transforming a young person’s life and giving them the chance they need to fulfil their potential.


For further details regarding DurhamWorks, please contact the team by completing the form here.



Traineeships are designed help young people who want to get an apprenticeship or job but don’t yet have appropriate skills or experience.

A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that unlocks the great potential of young people and prepares them for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’.

Designed to help young people aged 16 to 24 who don’t yet have the appropriate skills or experience, traineeships provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure an apprenticeship or employment.

The flexibility of traineeships offers employers the opportunity to help build a pool of high quality future recruits for your sector.

To find out more about offering traineeships and the benefits they can bring to a business, contact the National Apprenticeship Service.

The National Apprenticeship Service offers free, impartial advice and support to employers. This includes simplifying the process of finding a trainee through the support of employer focused teams and find a traineeship, where employers can advertise their opportunities for free.


Workforce training

Durham Employment & Skills, part of Durham County Council, offers accredited, legislative and bespoke learning and development training, to support businesses looking to expand the skills and talents of their new and existing staff.

Courses are accredited through NCFE, City & Guilds, AAT, Qualsafe and One Awards, and include: health and safety, first aid, business and administration, customer service, mentoring skills, office software, etc. and a range of Apprenticeship Frameworks and Standards.

For more information go to: www.durham.gov.uk/des or e-mail: DES@durham.gov.uk


The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS)

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.  Employers can sign up themselves for the bronze award.

The ERS is designed primarily to recognise private sector support although public sector organisations such as the emergency services, local authorities, NHS trusts and executive agencies are also eligible to be recognised.


Further information can be found here

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