The Employability Trust is a charity based in Peterlee which seeks to help the NEET’s of the North East to prepare for work. Through non-traditional training we aim to teach the unemployed people the skills that they need to secure long term employment. In our 15,000sq ft factory unit we give REAL work experience manufacturing and engineering REAL products. Through these contracts with local industries we are able to train the candidates on actual processes and equipment.

People coming through The Employability Trust’s work experience programme build confidence, learn skills such as time keeping, team work and communication skills and receive support to find and secure long term employment.  It is a no-pressure environment which gently builds up to the pressures of industry allowing the candidate to grow and adapt to the needs of a modern working environment.


Alongside our non-traditional work experience programme we also offer a variety of qualifications suitable to the needs of the individual. This may be an award in Employability Skills or Health and Safety Awareness, a Traineeship or skills such as a fork lift drivers licence. Each person is assessed and the training tailored to their specific needs and wants ensuring the best result for the individual. 


As well as supporting people to build their confidence and get them ready for work we also offer a range of on site training programmes that are available to other businesses, the general public and our trainees
these include:

Counterbalance Lift Truck
Lift Truck Safety Awareness
Back to Back Conversion from Reach to C/B
Reach Lift Truck 
Ped Pallet Stacker Eye Level
Ped Pallet Stacker High Level
Ped Pallet Transporter Low Level

All the courses are RTITB accredited and training is provided by our friendly and supportive in-house team


The Employability Trust is currently offering the Traineeship programme for people who are aged between 16 and 24 years. A traineeship is can last anything from 6 weeks to 6 months depending upon the amount of support that you need to build up the correct skills and attitudes needed for the workplace. Although it is unpaid it does not affect any benefits that you may be receiving and bursaries are available through the Education Funding Agency.

During the traineeship you will undertake on the job training in our fully operational factory. You will also undertake various taster sessions in a range of subjects such as CAD/CAM, welding and metal work, media and PR, grounds maintenance, administration and commercial cleaning.  

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The Employability Trust : 3 Palmer Road, Peterlee, SR8 2HU T: 0191 587 9797
Charity Number: 1153424
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