Going shopping? Pick up a brighter future while you’re there

Julie Raine, assistant principal at Sunderland College, with Martin Scott, curriculum leader, offer course advice to shoppers in the Bridges.
Julie Raine, assistant principal at Sunderland College, with Martin Scott, curriculum leader, offer course advice to shoppers in the Bridges.
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SHOPPERS can grab themselves some help on improving their job prospects.

Sunderland College has launched a stall in The Bridges to offer advice on its courses to improve skills and employability.

The stand, next to The Bridges’ customer service desk, will be at the shopping centre for several weeks, with college representatives on hand to guide shoppers of all ages through the full-time, part-time and flexible study sessions on offer.

Julie Raine, the college’s assistant principal, said: “The stall 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 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 to 5pm, until Saturday, October 5. Andy Bradley, centre director at The Bridges, 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.”

For more information, visit the college’s website at www.sunderlandcollege.ac.uk.