Landlord strides across stepping stones to improve employment

26 January 2017 - Latest news

Two of Bishop Auckland’s largest organisations are offering a course designed to improve employment prospects.L-R Kimberley Batey with Alison Tweddle

Dale & Valley Homes has joined forces with regional charity Auckland Castle Trust to introduce ‘Stepping Stones’ – a new service to help people gain the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the workplace.

Two-hour sessions will be held over a 20-week period, starting on Friday, 3 February, where residents can access free support around applying for jobs, how to perform well at interview stage, entering the workforce, as well as improving practical and social skills.

Kimberley Batey, Community Training Project Co-ordinator, who has worked on the project at Dale & Valley Homes said: “Stepping Stones has been developed to help people feel confident and prepared to re-enter the workforce or find a job for the very first time.”

Friday, 3 February’s introductory session will take place between 11am and 3pm.

For more information and to reserve a place call Kimberley on 01388 770 974 or email

Help to attend the course, including transport and free childcare, can be arranged.

For more information on other free training events visit

The Stepping Stones project is funded by NE Procurement.

Photo above: (L-R) Kimberley Batey, Dale & Valley Homes’ Community Training Project Co-ordinator, with Alison Tweddle, Community Outreach Officer for Auckland Castle Trust.

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