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super learner rupert is heading for work

A County Durham Housing Group tenant has gone from worrying about his future to embracing it thanks to a series of successful training courses.

Before Rupert Wasnbury met the Employability Team at County Durham Housing Group he spent much of his time at home. He struggled for confidence and wasn’t optimistic about what lay in store for him.

“Before I found help I was sitting in the house most days. I was worried about my future.” Rupert said.

But Rupert has now completed around a dozen training courses organised by the group. After taking part in the innovative Stepping Stones programme, a 10 week course in partnership with Auckland Castle, Rupert has gone on to attend Level 2 courses in food hygiene and first aid, risk assessment training, and the get into business administration course amongst others.

“I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I need to do to improve. I’ve built my confidence and received a lot of help in working out which courses are right for me. Now I’m looking to better my qualifications further and get into a full time job.” Rupert added.

Rupert has already taken on a number of voluntary roles to improve his skills. They include a position on the panel that considers applications to County Durham Housing Group’s new group grant funding programme. He is now preparing to take part in Level 1 and Level 2 youth work qualifications and hopes to move on to employment in the youth work sector.


He is also appealing to other County Durham Housing Group customers to take advantage of the help on offer: “I would recommend doing any course that will help with your confidence and can help you in gaining a job.”

More information on courses and support available to County Durham Housing Group customers is available by calling 0191 349 7753 or email

Pictured above: Rupert (rear left) and his colleagues on the group grant panel