Sunderland firms urged to ‘donate’ 100 jobs to employment scheme

Kenny Sanger, from The Bunker on Stockton Road, Sunderland, has been hosting an employability course for young people at the Stadium of Light. It was an opportunity for people looking for work to brush up on their employability skills and help increase their chances of securing a job.
Kenny Sanger, from The Bunker on Stockton Road, Sunderland, has been hosting an employability course for young people at the Stadium of Light. It was an opportunity for people looking for work to brush up on their employability skills and help increase their chances of securing a job.
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ONE hundred jobs for 100 Wearsiders – that’s the aim of a new employability scheme.

On the back of its success in getting people work in the creative industries, The Bunker is on the hunt for city businesses to donate jobs to its 100 Jobs campaign.

Aimed at providing a shot in the arm for the local economy, the campaign aims to gain employment for 100 people within six months.

Kenny Sanger, managing director at The Bunker music studios, in Stockton Road, said: “We want local employers of all shapes and sizes to donate jobs to our campaign.

“These will be companies that are already looking to recruit personnel anyway, but make a commitment to employing someone who is currently unemployed.”

He added: “Back in the 80s, The Bunker was a youth unemployment project and for the past few years we have been running courses on gaining employment in the music industry.”

Past participants on the courses have gone on to set up their own sound engineering business, become music journalists and took up jobs in other areas of the field.

Now The Bunker is branching into other areas of employment, including customer services, warehousing, cleaning and security.

Courses will be tailored to meet the needs of the companies who pledge their support to the campaign.

Kenny said: “If someone who is unemployed gets a chance, then they then have money to spend in the local community, plus, companies participating will also shed recruitment and training costs, as we don’t charge for the recruiting and training we do.

“The person will also be trained in exactly the skill sets that the company requires, as the company will effectively write the training course with us.”

The Bunker has been running accredited employment courses at the Stadium of Light over the past few weeks.

Mark Smurthwaite, 49, from Lakeside Village, is one of those taking part in an events and security course.

“I used to work as a concierge for Gentoo, but have been unemployed for two years,” he said.

“It’s really difficult finding work. This course has been great for building my confidence and helping me meet new people.”

Any employers who want to be part can email Kenny at kenny@bunkeruk.com.

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