Many hands make light work

Would you like to join in?

Are you struggling to find employment? Do you need to gain practical work experience? Are you daunted by the world of work and don’t know where to start? Our work experience candidates can be referred by organisations such as Job Centre Plus, Durham Works, Connexions, or even GP surgeries.

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If you have an advisor or support worker then they can contact us on your behalf. If not then you can refer yourself by simply ringing 0191 587 9797 to arrange an informal chat with one of our team.

Friendly Chat

The first stage is to visit The Employability Trust for a friendly chat with one of our team. You will be shown around the factory and warehouse and may even get to try some of the jobs that you will be doing on the programme. This is very informal – no need for interview clothes just come as you are. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have and try to help with any issues where we can.


We will need to take some basic information from you e.g. name, address, date of birth, any work history. Don’t worry if you find reading and writing a little difficult, our friendly team will be happy to help. We do not expect you to take any formal tests so no need to worry about your maths and English skills. Photo ID would be helpful and any certificates that you have achieved on past courses would also help us to learn what you enjoy and any skills that you may have. 

Meet some of our team who were in the same boat as you not so long ago – and look where they are now. This is David who will tell you his experience in his own words:

There was a time back in 2016/2017 when I just couldn’t see myself making it out of that year.  So things have changed for me, I’ve come such a long way, I’m so much more confident and I feel really proud of myself.  But I couldn’t have managed it without people here and I’ve made so many friends.  I’ve been all over the UK doing work for the Trust – London, Plymouth, Wales.  And I think from being so quiet the first time I came here I’m now the loudest.  I never expected people would be so nice or that life could get better and better for me.”

Or you can call us on 0191 587 9797