Sunderland College helping Wearsiders get Christmas jobs

Paul Stafford
Paul Stafford
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COLLEGE bosses are helping companies fill up to 20,000 Christmas jobs.

Sunderland College is working with businesses in the region to find and train potential employees as the demand for Christmas staff intensifies.

There will be about 20,000 temporary jobs created in Tyne and Wear in the run-up to the festive season and the January sales, particularly in the retail, catering and hospitality sectors.

Sunderland College is designing and running bespoke programmes for businesses which train potential employees and make them work-ready.

The scheme, which is free, builds a training course to meet the specific needs of the company and the college recruits candidates who are interested in working in that field.

Paul Stafford, employer relationship manager at the college, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to utilise the expertise of our employer engagement department, and ensures the temporary Christmas staff they employ already have the necessary skills and training they need for their role.

“There is no obligation for businesses to employ any of the candidates at the end of the programme, however, we have found that both employers and candidates benefit significantly from this scheme.

“People who attend the training programmes leave with a range of new skills which gives them a major advantage in the jobs market and helps them to find future employment.”

Sunderland College works with a range of industries to provide recruitment support and has created programmes for a number of high-profile employers including Cineworld, Tesco and RGIS.

To find out more about the college’s training programmes, contact 511 6478 or email