Firms asked to back work for teenagers

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COUNCIL bosses are encouraging businesses to help young people into work.

Durham County Council wants companies to do their bit to give young people in the care system or leaving care a boost to securing a job.

The Teenagers 2 Work scheme works with businesses across the county, including in Peterlee and east Durham, to offer young people work experience that is vital to give their future careers a boost.

Bosses say that offering a young person work experience can help them to develop new skills, increase their self-confidence and job prospects.

By giving teenagers who are in care an insight into the world of work, companies can raise the profile of their organisation within the community, influence young people coming into the labour market and also benefit from an additional pair of hands.

Teenagers 2 Work will make sure the young person is suitable for the organisation, provide basic induction training as well as making regular visits to the workplace to ensure ongoing support for both sides.

To find out more information about the scheme and how an organisation can make a difference to a young person in care, contact Durham County Council on 03000 262271 or email teenagerstowork@durham.gov.uk