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The North East is famed for its large call centre industry and those with a friendly voice who want to be part of it can find out more at a recruitment event hosted by Sunderland College.

<p>The event takes place at the College’s Bede campus on Durham Road, on Thursday, July 11, between 11am and 2pm.</p>
<p>There is currently a renewed interest in the industry thanks to the success of the BBC Three television documentary ‘The Call Centre’.</p>
<p>Already more than ten different businesses have signed up to the event including Pure Gym, More Than, EE, Fusion and voluntary organisations such as The Samaritans and Sunderland Hospital Radio.</p>
<p>The purpose of the event is to bring together those interested in a career in contact centres and customer service with employers who may have job opportunities and are looking to recruit new staff.</p>
<p>The event is aimed at existing and former Sunderland College students, although those currently claiming job seekers allowance can book a place through their local Jobcentre Plus office.</p>
<p>Paul Stafford, Sunderland College’s employer liaison manager, said: “Events like this are a great way to bring together employers with potential employees.</p>
<p>“We have a variety of business and organisations in attendance and members of our own apprenticeship and employability team will be on hand to offer advice and guidance to anyone who attends.</p>
<p>“Our aim is to help students as much as possible and this is a great opportunity for them to put themselves in front of prospective employers and to find out more about a career in contact centres.”</p>
<p>Places are limited so it is essential to book before attending and attendees are advised to bring along an up-to-date version of their CV.</p>
<p>Sunderland College students can book a place by calling 0191 511 6000 or <a title=”Book a place for Sunderland College”s contact centre event” href=”http://www.sunderlandcollege.ac.uk/bookaplace”>registering online</a></p>

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