More than 30 businesses attended our apprenticeship themed event at East Durham College this week.

Presenters included Anthony Mills from East Durham College’s Technical Academy and Profound Group, who gave an overview of the Apprenticeship Levy and how it’s impacting on the training programmes being delivered.

The audience of business people across the East Durham area also heard from the University of Sunderland who outlined more about their degree-level apprenticeships, which have been developed to specifically meet the needs of businesses; and Raw Digital, who are working with Durham County Council’s DurhamWorks programme to place young people on work experience placements with employers in the area.

JobCentre Plus in Peterlee was also on hand to talk more about the new Universal Credit and how that impacts on benefits and employment.

Leanne English from LEC Communications and Design, who sits on the steering group for the Peterlee and Seaham business park groups, chaired the event. She said: “We’ve had some great feedback from attendees who came away with a much clearer understanding of the apprenticeship agenda and how things like the new Apprenticeship Levy might impact on them.

“It was also good to learn more about the funding and support available from the University of Sunderland and the DurhamWorks team, which are there to help businesses grow.”