Thirteen’s employability service has launched a new scheme to support young people aged 16-24 from County Durham into work (funded by DurhamWorks as part of the Youth Employment Initiative).
Over recent years Thirteen has extended its employability portfolio, delivering services for both tenants and the wider public. Our support progressing individuals into work has provided many benefits to both communities and Thirteen in terms of social inclusion, health and wellbeing, financial stability and tenancy sustainment.
More recently Thirteen has commenced delivery of Routeways in both Hospitality and Customer Service, which provide a level two qualification and guaranteed interviews for live job vacancies with local employers.
Both Routeways are being delivered monthly in various localities across County Durham. Courses are initially scheduled to be delivered in central Durham and future delivery is likely to include Newton Aycliffe, Bishop Auckland, Chester le Street, Spennymoor and Stanley. Delivery will also be expanded to other areas based upon need.
One of the first businesses to offer employment opportunities upon Routeway completion is the Radisson Blu hotel in Durham City.
Karen Kenmare, Senior Housing Related Support Manager, from Thirteen said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people in County Durham to gain valuable skills and a qualification that will stand them in good stead in the future.”
“The courses will give training and confidence, with a genuine job interview at the end. Following the course young people will also be given intensive 1-1 support from Thirteen’s employability service to help progress them into work.”
“It’s important that local and national companies invest in the career prospects of our young people and we’re pleased that the Radisson Blu is working with us to offer potential roles for willing and enthusiastic candidates.”
Shirlynn Lim, General Manager from Raddison Blu, said: “The culture of our business worldwide is to provide meaningful employment, develop our team’s talents and increase young people’s employability and that is why we are pleased to be working with Thirteen on this important project.
“We are very much looking forward to meeting the young people who complete the course and who, hopefully, may become valued members of our team in the future.”
Places on Thirteen’s Customer Service and Hospitality Routeway courses can be booked via:
Telephone: 07789 923490 / 07876 006086