Category Archives: North East

WorkFit expand partnership with Holiday Inn Express

Since WorkFit was launched, positions in hospitality such as hotels have been a very popular career choice for our candidates. We have successfully placed people with larger chains such as Premier Inn and Travel Lodge and independents such as The Marine Hotel. We are delighted to have expanded our work with Holiday Inn Express by […]

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Celebrating the Success of WorkFit North

On the 4 October parents, candidates, employers and professionals from across the north of England gathered to celebrate the success of our jobseekers and acknowledge the support given by the employers that we partner with. In the last year Alison Thwaite has been creating positions for people with Down’s syndrome and delivering employer training sessions […]

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Alison Thwaite appointed as WorkFit Employment Development Manager

We are delighted to announce that Alison Thwaite has been appointed Employment Development Manager for the WorkFit programme on a permanent basis, following a six-month interim appointment. Alison has been with the DSA since April 2015 as Employment Development Officer (EDO) for the North of England. During her time as an EDO she also took […]

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Sarah gains valuable work experience at Legal Aid

Last year WorkFit worked with the Legal Aid Agency in Jarrow to offer a 12 week work experience placement to our candidate, Sarah. The LAA showed their commitment to supporting Sarah in her placement by attending free training sessions to find out about the condition and how to support someone with Down’s syndrome in the […]

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Marking the success of WorkFit North East at the Marriott

On 6 October 2017 we held our annual WorkFit North East Conference at the Marriott Hotel Metrocentre in Gateshead. We were happy to welcome WorkFit members and their parents to the event as well as employers and professionals from a range of service providers, including the education and social care sectors. During the day guests […]

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A parent’s perspective of WorkFit

Louise’s mum, Alison tells about her daughter’s life and ambitions… Since being a young girl, Louise has always expressed an interest in working in catering; spurred on by a love of all things edible! When the chance came for a catering course via the local Adult Learning Alliance we jumped at the chance as it […]

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Staff at the Marriott Hotel are thrilled with Lynsey’s work

WorkFit North East has recently been working with the Marriott Hotel to offer a 12-week work experience placement to our candidate, Lynsey. Lynsey began her placement in July as a Kitchen Assistant and works 10 hours a week over 2 shifts. She is now working as a Breakfast Assistant, which includes working on events and […]

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