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College takes stock of training course

Sunderland college is offering people across the region the chance to stand up and be counted, after forming a partnership with a leading stock-taking and inventory company.

We have teamed up with Retail Grocery Inventory Service (RGIS), a market leader in supply chain and stock-taking, to offer free pre-employment training, which is set to start on Monday, November 25.  The partnership will help match between 40 and 60 individuals to roles as shop floor inventory workers.

We are helping RGIS to help recruit a team to support a variety of high street retailers including Morrisons, Sainsburys, Marks and Spencer and Mothercare, during a peak work period of January to August.  We will be offering applicants a guaranteed interview for inventory stakeholder roles at the end of the course to support the demand.

Paul Stafford, employer liaison manager, believes the training course is a valuable service for those who are looking to get into work or add to their CV.

He said: “The pre-training course is a great opportunity to give students and those currently seeking work the chance to prepare for a role in retail stocktaking in order to gain valuable experience in a real work environment.

“Sunderland College has an important role to play in supporting our students to build skills needed for life, and this pre-employment training will provide not only valuable experience, but will be an important step towards gaining employment for many people.  It really is a fantastic opportunity for those hoping to enhance their career prospects, as not only is the course free, but it could open a door to a job.”

The six-day course will be spread over two weeks from Monday to Wednesday, 9:30am – 3:30pm at Sunderland College’s Doxford International site, The Teleport, and Bede Campus and childcare costs are available to help support eligible candidates, while those in receipt of benefit may be eligible for help with transport.

The training, aimed at adults over the age of 19, will be based on the college’s Award in Occupational Workplace Studies comprising understanding business communication and stock control, developing customer service skills, problem-solving at work, time management and improving your own performance.

Roles will start in January and will require weekend and out of retail opening time shifts.

Luke Severn, recruitment and training specialist at RGIS, said: “We are looking to expand our workforce beyond our traditional base of Newcastle and Gateshead and having a city the size of Sunderland just down the road presented an ideal opportunity to use an untapped resource.

“We are pleased to have found a willing partner with Sunderland College, the largest further education institution in our chosen location, and we are thrilled to be able to offer a unique opportunity to candidates.

“We are hoping to hear from hard working people who are looking for a change of direction in their career.  The flexible nature of the working hours, the chance for advancement and the rapid expansion of our business, means there are opportunities for the right candidates.”

For more information about our pre-employment courses, visit our course finder or email info@sunderlandcollege.ac.uk or to book a place at the event call 0191 511 6000.

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