SUNDERLAND College students are taking the first step on a new career ladder.
A group of 60 unemployed adults, who have completed a NCFE Occupational Studies qualification to gain the skills needed to work within the hospitality industry, have all been invited to interview for roles at Greene King’s Wearside Farm pub and restaurant.
The hotel and brewery company, which is set to open soon, is offering many of the adult learners the opportunity of employment at its new site based in Washington.
James Spencer Liam, 33, from Millfield, Sunderland, who has 15 years of experience working in the catering and hospitality industry, completed the course while unemployed.
He said: “I would recommend the course to anyone, although I have worked in hospitality for a long time, I have learned a lot more about the industry.
“The tutors and students have all been extremely supportive and I have made some great friends, who I will continue to keep in contact with. It has helped me take a step in the right direction towards a successful career in catering and hospitality.”
Sunderland College’s pre-employment manager, Paul Stafford, said: “I was so pleased with everyone on the course, they have all been fantastic and very determined.
“It is great that so many of the students will be able to go straight into jobs.”
Dave Baston, retail general manager of Greene King said: “Sunderland College has proved invaluable during the recruitment process for Wearside Farm, the provision of pre-employment training for new team members is brilliant.”