The Skills Academy

When The Skills Academy Group rebranded and relocated from Gateshead to Chester le Street, they received DurhamWorks funding to hire two new apprentices. Now DurhamWorks support is also helping the employers and young people who use their services, helping the training company to become more sustainable.

Business Advisor, Nic Watson, helped Company Director, Lisa Thompson to apply for DurhamWorks funding, which she used to hire sisters Siobhan and Shelley as Business Administration Apprentices. Nic was also able to arrange funding for work clothing and laptops for them to use in their new roles.

The extra capacity Siobhan and Shelley have created means that The Skills Academy are now able to offer more services. Previously they offered traineeships to 16-18 year olds, but they now offer traineeships and apprenticeships for 16-24 year olds, which has helped them to expand.

The support DurhamWorks offers to the employers The Skills Academy work with is helping to make their businesses more sustainable too, which is having a knock on effect on Lisa’s success.

Shelley and Siobhan are also recommending DurhamWorks to friends and Lisa told us “DurhamWorks really fills a gap for employers.”

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Posted in Employer News on Jan 26, 2018

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