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A businessman has set up a learning factory to help tackle youth unemployment in County Durham.
Bill Marley has created a charity which offers 16-24 year olds the chance to gain manufacturing experience, along with the skills they need to find a job.
He hopes his plans will inspire a generation.
Founder Bill Marley says it is important to teach people usable skills to break the habit of unemployment
A learning factory has been set up by a charity aiming to tackle youth unemployment.
The Employability Trust, in Peterlee, offers work placements to 16-24 year olds, where they can gain manufacturing experience and the skills they need to find a job.
Some candidates have gone on to to employed by the Trust and many others have found work.
It has been set up by businessman Bill Marley, who says his aim is to inspire young people in East Durham.
The Trust supports young people who are not in education, employment or training by offering them practical experience and vocational work.
It is run from a warehouse in Peterlee and the charity bids for work from multi-national companies to cover its costs.