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A COLLEGE is helping the city raise its educational bar by delivering one of the UK’s biggest skills for life programmes.

More than 800 of Sunderland City Council’s Health, Housing and Adult Services staff have gained nationally-recognised adult qualifications in maths and English as a result.

The council’s social care staff gathered at its Leechmere Training Centre last week for an awards ceremony to mark their achievements and hard work.

The programme has been deemed a huge success, with the confidence of staff being boosted and attitudes to further training improved.

Peter Robertson, area leader for Basic Adult Education, said: “This is a very valuable initiative.

“All classes and workshops take place in work time – and support from the top at Sunderland City Council has been phenomenal.

“The event is actually a double celebration as the college has awarded Sunderland City Council our Large Business of the Year Award for its commitment to developing the skills of its workforce.”