Sunderland College relaunches back to work project

Paul Stafford
Paul Stafford
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A COLLEGE is re-launching a successful project aimed at getting unemployed people back into work.

Sunderland College is again set to hold RI:SE (Real Impact: Skills for Employment) courses to train out-of-work adults in the key skills needed by businesses in the area which are recruiting.

First launched in January, the courses have already trained nearly 500 unemployed adults and enrolment for the new courses has now opened.

Paul Stafford, employer liaison manager at Sunderland College, said: “The Skills for Jobs Courses have been incredibly successful in helping jobseekers back into work.

“There are certain business sectors that are always recruiting, but they need people who can do the work well. We’re urging jobseekers to come forward and learn the skills to help them on the path to employment.”

In a recent survey of those who took part in the January courses, more than 55 per cent had since found a job.

Paul said: “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.”

Everyone enrolled on one of the RI:SE courses is also coached on interview techniques, effective job searchs and other related skills. The college’s Employment and Pre-Employment centre has a dedicated job club available to all those seeking work.

Paul said: “These courses have already had a really positive effect on people’s lives.

“It’s not just about giving them 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 fact that out of 269 survey respondents, 156 had progressed into employment as a result of training is fantastic news for everyone involved.”

Going on a RI:SE course, which is free for anyone currently unemployed, does not affect benefit payments and is open to anyone looking for work and eligible to work in the UK. For more information email: or call 511 6478.