We offer our residents help and support to get back to work. We can help you gain employability skills and confidence setting you back on the path to employment.

Our Employability Worker Alison Kirk can provide free, tailored, face-to-face employment support to anyone living in the Chester-le-Street area.

She can help identify and create an action plan to help you reach your employment goals – whether that be getting back into work, finding a new job, or moving into a job with more/different hours.


Gain access to a range of support, such as:

  • Creating a detailed, goal-oriented action plan
  • Job searching
  • Creating or developing a CV
  • Job application forms
  • Finding training opportunities
  • Identifying access funding
  • Interview support and mock interviews
  • Finding work experience opportunities

All of this can be accessed for FREE by all residents of Chester-le-Street.


To arrange an appointment, please contact Alison Kirk on 07825 724635 or email jobhelp@cestria.org

Or come along to our Job Club every Monday morning from 10am – 12.30pm at Bullion Hall. It is a drop in session, so you can come for just an hour or stay all morning.

Our employability service is part funded by the NE Procurement Future Sparks project and the Chester-le-Street Area Action Partnership (part of Durham County Council)



Foundation of Light

The Foundation of Light is the registered charity of Sunderland Football Club. The charity offers a number of programmes in the Chester le Street area:

Back in the Game

Back in the Game is an employability course for anyone aged 19 and over. The course runs three times a year and lasts 10 weeks.

The Back in the Game course consists of a mixture of classroom, practical and physical activities designed to enable participants enhance their employment prospects.

Anyone taking part will receive nationally recognised qualifications, help with CV writing, job seeking, interview techniques and the job application process.

Visit our News and Events pages for details of the next course.

Back on Track

This is a 13-week course aimed at 16 to19-year-olds who are not in education, training or employment. The course is delivered at the Centre of Light in Gibside, Chester-le-Street, and runs three times a year.

The Back on Track course gives learners the chance to achieve nationally recognised qualifications, improve numeracy and literacy skills and gain practical work experience.

Visit our News and Event pages for details of the next course.

To sign up or speak to someone about current programmes and course dates contact Mark Pae at the Foundation of Light mark.pae@safc.com

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