Details of new courses released

Information on new, free training courses in County Durham has been released by one of the region’s largest housing associations.

The courses are the first to be offered by County Durham Housing Group since it gained nationally recognised training provider accreditation from the NCFE. All of the training sessions are aimed at helping social housing tenants improve their CV, pick up key skills or get back into work.

County Durham Housing Group is one of the first housing associations in the north east to become an officially accredited training provider, with its new course remit set to start this month.

The first course is set to be a 12-week Level 1 functional skills qualification at Mickle Grove Community Centre in Leeholme, near Bishop Auckland. Starting on Tuesday, 29 January between 9.30am and 2.30pm, it will help to quickly improve English or maths skills.

As well as completing a variety of maths tasks that could help towards getting into work or managing money at home, the programme will also give opportunities to pick up top tips in written English for a variety of work based situations.

County Durham Housing Group Community Training Coordinator, Sean Robson, said: “The sessions are nothing like being back in the classroom. There’s no pressure, no time limits and we can provide one to one support with writing skills if needed. And they’re completely free.

“It’s not all about the learning though, as all of our courses are a great way to meet new people too.

“We’ll continue to offer more courses in a variety of locations across County Durham throughout the year. We’re looking to develop the programme to meet the needs of each community.”

Alongside the new courses, County Durham Housing Group’s Employability Team also offer support with job searching, dealing with barriers to work and interview techniques.

More information on is available from Sean Robson at County Durham Housing Group on 0300 1311 999 or

Full details of the new courses are also available in County Durham Housing Group’s first online prospectus of training courses.

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