Get on course to find work

NEW SKILLS: Left, Chelsea Askew, from Red House, who is on the sales and services course.
NEW SKILLS: Left, Chelsea Askew, from Red House, who is on the sales and services course.
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JOBSEEKERS in Sunderland are being offered free six week courses to help them find work.

The Skills for Jobs courses, run by Sunderland College, train out-of-work adults in key skills needed by businesses in the area who are currently recruiting.

Sue Wallis, assistant principal for adult and employer provision at Sunderland College, said: “There are certain business sectors that are always recruiting, but they need people who can do the work well.

“The college has long-established relationships with many of the region’s biggest employers so we are well-placed to know precisely what skills they need their workforces to have.

“Working in consultation with employers, our courses have been designed to train people, in up to six weeks, with the key skills they need to work effectively in these industries.”

Chelsea Askew, 21, from Red House, Sunderland, enrolled on a sales and services course after having a baby and wanting to get back into a job.

She said: “The course covered all the skills needed for work in a sales environment including telephone manner, team work and presentation. It’s also taught me a lot about how to write a CV and interview technique.

“I’ve really enjoyed the course and it’s been fantastic for boosting my confidence. I’m now hoping to get a job in a call centre, I certainly feel ready for the interview.”

The college’s Employment and Pre-Employment Centre also has a dedicated job club available to all those seeking work.

Sue said: “We want these courses to have a really positive effect on people’s lives. It’s not just about giving them the skills. We want them to leave with a job to go to, to become employed and put everything they’ve learnt to good use.”

The Skills for Jobs courses are free for anyone who is currently unemployed. To enrol go to or call to 511 6478.

The Skills for Jobs courses run across a number of the college’s campuses and train people to start work in a variety of sectors including:

•Customer service







•Call centres