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New employment skills facility launched in Sunderland

Sunderland College has opened a new employability hub in Sunderland City Centre, giving adults access to training and support that and helping them find employment.

Launched officially last Friday (December 13), the City Skills and Careers hub aims to transform the lives of adult in the local community through access to education.

The facility will become a central hub for those adults looking to gain skills and qualifications for employment or to take their career to the next level.

19+ adults can drop-in during opening hours to access free advice from a dedicated team of expert staff and then signposted to appropriate courses.

Alan Patterson, employability and community lecturer at Sunderland College, said: “This is a fantastic resource for jobseekers and a positive venture for adult learners that will help them to progress into training and employment. It will also help to reduce the barriers many of our learners face when coming to college or into education for the first time.”

Support will be offered to develop skills like CV writing, job searches, interview techniques, English and maths qualifications, pre-employment courses and much more.

The scheme is being support by Sunderland College, Jobcentre Plus and other local careers and education providers.

Sarah Ward, careers advisor at Education Development Trust, added: “Sunderland College’s new City Skills and Careers covers a wide range of subjects and courses that meet the needs and requirements of our customer base.”