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Skills Hub

We have a fantastic building with a bespoke design dedicated to Employment & Skills, based on the Front Street in Stanley, County Durham. 

The building officially opened in April 2021 and we have been delighted to see customers from all walks of life come in and utilise our space to improve their skills and confidence.  

The Skills Hub has grown over this time and our services and offerings have developed and continue to do so.

What we offer is based on what you need and, if we don't currently offer it, we work with local partners to fill the gap. 

Skills Hub Opening hours

Tuesday to Thursday

9:30am - 4.30pm


9.30am - 12.30pm

Our partners

Job Centre Plus: Work Coach, Jeanne is based at the Skills Hub and provides 121 support to help people on their journey back to work.  

Durham Works: Bethany is a Youth Coach and supports people aged 16-24 to get into work, improving their training, skills and confidence along the way. 

Penshaw View Training: Offer training pathways with guaranteed interviews at the end for roles includes jobs at call centres in the local area. 

Durham Learn: Provide accredited training course for English & Maths, a progression pathway from our Foundations Tutor support.  

Our services

English & Maths: Our Foundations Tutor Sean is based here, providing 121 and small group support in English & maths. 

Digital Support: Our Digital Coaches Hayley & Lesley are on hand to provide 121 and small group support to using the internet and digital devices. 

Employment Advice & Guidance: Our Employment Advisors Brendan, Lorraine, Janine & Graeme work from the Skills Hub offering 121 appointments to support customers on their journey towards work.

Benefits, Cost of Living & Energy Advice: Our Money Matters Caseworker Joan offers 121 appointments, delivers our Money Works course and hosts our Warm Hub Advice Surgery from the Skills Hub each week; providing information, advice and guidance around all things money from benefits, debt and income maximisation. 

We have a host of activities taking place in the Skills Hub, from advice surgeries, to job fairs and recruitment events. 

Below are some examples taking place on a regular weekly basis:

Every day we’re open 

Free WiFi
The Skills Hub offers free access to WiFi when in the building.  

Digital Devices
We have a number of laptops and tablets that are free to use for job searching, UC journal updates, online forms and more. 

Thursday and Friday mornings 
The Write Turn course - learn to read, write and drive with our team.

Thursday afternoon 
Warm Hub Advice Surgery, 1pm - 4.30pm - Come and get warm, stay warm, sit and have a chat with one of our friendly team at our new Warm Space Advice Surgery.

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