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Shoppers bag careers advice

The college's new career stall

Sunderland shoppers can grab advice about courses that could enhance their employability, following the launch of our new stall in The Bridges Shopping Centre.

We set up our own stand in the shopping centre in August, and will be offering advice to people keen to find out more about courses that could help them on the road to a successful career.  The stand, located next to The Bridges’ customer service desk, will be at the centre for seven weeks, with college representatives helping to guide shoppers through the courses available to help them find employment or gain new skills to further their careers.

Julie Raine, our assistant principal, said: “The stall in The Bridges Shopping Centre will give us a really visible presence as well as the chance to offer advice and assistance to people looking to gain new skills and improve their career options.

“Thousands of shoppers pass through The Bridges every month, so it is great to have the chance to reach so many people and tell them the ways in which the college can help them.  We offer a broad range of courses, from literacy and maths courses, to higher education courses like foundation degrees, HNCs and HNDs, so people of all different skill levels can benefit from studying with us.”

The stall will be open Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm, until Saturday, October 5.  Advice is available to people of all ages, who can access information, advice and guidance on courses and study options.  We offer a range of courses, including part time options for adults keen to add to their skills with training that is flexible and accessible outside of their normal working hours.

Andy Bradley, centre director at The Bridges Shopping Centre, said: “It is fantastic to be able to offer our customers some real added value when they visit the centre.  The addition of the college’s stall means we’re providing our customers with something that is not only novel, but also really practical and potentially something that could change their career and life prospects.

“The college’s presence at the shopping centre is a really welcome addition and one that I am sure shoppers will take full advantage of.  The fact that they can come and enjoy a great selection of stores, but also walk away from the centre on the pathway to a new career is great – we’re sure it will be a busy stall.”

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