Funding creates 18 jobs

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EIGHTEEN jobs have been created in East Durham, thanks to a partnership project.

The project, worth £158,000 is being delivered by East Durham Partnership, Accent Foundation and Accent Regeneration.

A supervisor post and 17 maintenance operation apprenticeships have been created with funding from bodies including the Government’s Youth Contract, New College Durham and housing provider Accent.

The handyman apprenticeships, for people aged 19 to 24, will provide the new apprentices with skills they will learn on the job through the successful Helping Hands service which offers handyman repairs for East Durham residents.

Accent’s £15m property refurbishment programme has already offered up new apprentice posts working with Bullock Construction.

Accent Community Organiser Michael Fishwick said: “This is another project which shows what can be achieved when agencies work together.

“The willingness of those involved to pool resources and effort has created new jobs which will deliver a handyman service to benefit residents and groups.

“We are now seeing significant investment in Horden, Easington Colliery and Blackhall.

“Millions are being spent to improve housing and there is increasing momentum in the efforts to stimulate regeneration.”