A COUNCIL says it is continuing to provide employment and skills training during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Durham County Council is offering support to unemployed residents and young people remotely, as it adapts services to comply with government guidance aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19.

The council’s DurhamWorks, Adult Learning and Skills Service and Employability Durham teams have ceased all face to face services until further notice but are continuing to work remotely and providing support via phone, text, email, Facebook and online chats.

• County residents aged 16 to 24 who are unemployed can get information, support and advice on job and apprenticeship opportunities, and courses and training by chatting online to a member of the Durham Works team and/or visiting facebook.com/durhamworks/ or durhamworks.info/contact-us

• People aged 25 and over who are unemployed and living in the county can still seek help and support to get back into work or start their own business through Employability Durham. To speak to the team email employability@durham.gov.uk or visit durham.gov.uk/employability or facebook.com/Employability-Durham-2338781619671496/

• County residents aged 16 and over who are interested in gaining skills and qualifications and/or personal development can access a range of online, distance learning courses offered by the Adult Learning and Skills Service. To find out more phone 03000-266115, email alss@durham.gov.uk or visit durham.gov.uk/adultlearning