Sunderland training agency stunned by national newspaper report that its to close

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REPORTS that a Wearside training agency is closing today have been condemned.

A national newspaper published a list of 50 public services it said would be shutting their doors as a result of the public sector cuts.

That list included Hendon training company Etec, which the paper said would be shutting today after losing funding worth £1.8million.

But chairman David Milburn said the firm was actually planning to expand as it looks to fill the gaps left by other victims of the cuts.

“What is actually happening is that we have this one initiative that works with carers, helping them get back into work.

“We have lost funding for that because it was supported through the Working Neighbourhoods Fund and that is now closed, so we have had to lose the three workers employed on that initiative.

“My concern is that this story suggested we are closing our doors at the end of today, which is absolutely not the case.”

However, there is a closure on Wearside – Grindon Action Technology Enterprise Services (Gates) closes its doors for the last time today, with the loss of one job.

Sandhill ward councillor David Forbes said the neighbourhood advice centre, which is in Gleneagles Road, would be a major loss to residents.