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New Year, New Prospects with Sunderland College

A North East college is offering up a range of New Year resolutions for people thinking about a change of career.

Sunderland College is urging out of work adults and those ready to try something new to consider furthering their education, as new figures reveal regional unemployment remains the highest in the country.

Unemployed adults over the age of 19 can take advantage of a broad range of courses the college offers for adult learners, to further skills and experience and get them into work in the new year.

Office of National Statistics figures reveal that while the region’s unemployment rate has fallen from 7.5% to 6.5%, the North East remains above the national average of 4.8%.

Sunderland College principal and chief executive, Ellen Thinnesen, said the New Year offers an opportunity for people to start new courses and begin 2017 in positive fashion.

She said: “Sunderland College is committed to ensuring all of our learners leave ‘work ready’ with the confidence to succeed.

“While it’s positive that unemployment is falling in the North East, we must continue the drive to see more adults developing their employability skills and expanding their knowledge to start new careers and new businesses, so we want to see more learners signing up with us for 2017.”

The college currently runs courses for adult learners across a broad range of subjects including hospitality, retail, business admin and computing for beginners, from entry level to certified Level 2, and works with over 6,000 adult learners every year.

Despite the drop in regional unemployment, the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in the North East is on the rise, with over 50,000 over the age of 18 currently seeking benefit.

With over 6.5% of people over the age of 16 in the region unemployed, bosses at the college hope the new state-of-the-art £29m City Campus and investment in existing campuses will attract more learners, inspired to change their future.

Heather Harrop, curriculum leader for employability and community at Sunderland College, said: “Our learners benefit from fantastic facilities and highly qualified and skilled staff who call on their own industry experience to teach and inspire. All of that is to ensure that when our learners leave the college for employment, they will be an asset to any business.

“It can be daunting for many people to think of going back to ‘school’, but with the college’s fantastic range of courses that focus in on the real skills employers are looking for, options to study from home and in their own time, they can rest assured that studying with us will get them on the right track to securing work.”

The adult learning courses offered by Sunderland College are not just reserved for unemployed learners, and those looking to further their skills to fast-track their career progression are also encouraged to consider the courses.

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