Jobseekers in Sunderland are being offered free six week courses to help them get a job.
The Skills for Jobs courses, run by Sunderland College, train out-of-work adults in key skills needed by businesses in the area who are recruiting.
Sue Wallis, assistant principal for adult and employer provision at Sunderland College said: “There are certain business sectors that are always recruiting, but they need people who can do the work well.
“The college has long-established relationships with many of the region’s biggest employers so we are well-placed to know precisely what skills they need their workforces to have.
“Working in consultation with employers, our courses have been designed to train people, in up to six weeks, with the key skills they need to work effectively in these industries.”
Starting throughout January, and run across a number of the College’s campuses, the Skills for Jobs courses train people to start work in a variety of sectors, including customer service, administration, care, IT, retail, hospitality, sales, call centres, construction and manufacturing.
Chelsea Askew, 21, from Sunderland, has enrolled on a Sales and Services course. She said: “After giving birth 11 months ago I was keen to get back into work so went to an open day and enrolled on a Sales and Services course.
“The course covered all the skills needed for work in a sales environment including telephone manner, team work and presentation. It’s also taught me a lot about how to write a CV and interview technique.
“I’ve really enjoyed the course and it’s been fantastic for boosting my confidence. I’m now hoping to get a job in a call centre, I certainly feel ready for the interview.”
As well as providing jobseekers with the skills necessary to work in these sectors the college is also taking a practical approach to helping people find jobs. Everyone enrolled on one of the Skills for Jobs courses will also be coached on interview techniques, effective job search and other related skills. The college’s Employment& Pre-Employment Centre also has a dedicated job club available to all those seeking work.
Sue said: “We want these courses to have a really positive affect on peoples’ lives. It’s not just about giving them the skills, we want them to leave with a job to go to, to become employed and put everything they’ve learnt to good use.
“So we’re determined to give everyone as much help as we possibly can to find a job. And because some of these courses are precisely what employers have asked for, we are confident we can succeed.”
The Skills for Jobs courses are free for anyone who is currently unemployed. To enrol go to www.sunderlandcollege.ac.uk or call to 0191 5116478.
Photo caption: Course leader Ali Rudman with Chelsea Askew, who is hoping to get a job in a call centre.