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Education, Training & Employability

In this section you will be able to find out about local providers and organisations that offer education, training and employability courses to help you to gain the skills, qualifications and experience required to help you move forward in your career and find employment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I access careers information, advice and guidance?

If you are currently unemployed and aged between 16-19 years old or up to 25 with special educational needs or disabilities, you can access support from Together for Children’s Careers and NEET service. You can contact them on 0191 5614048 to arrange an appointment.

You can also contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 to speak to an adviser. Lines are open from 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week. Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers. Or for more ways to contact NCS go to

Where can I get support to look for employment opportunities?

Please look at our list of services in the Employment support section.

You can search for jobs online on the GOV.UK job search website. There are also a number of websites where Job & Apprenticeship Vacancies are advertised online and some useful ones to try are:

You can also sign up with recruitment agencies in your area. 

Who can support me to develop my employability skills?

There are many community organisations based throughout Sunderland who offer both one to one and group support to develop the employability skills required to gain employment.

Please see the ‘Employability, Independence and Functional Skills’ category to the right of this page for these services.

Where can I find out about college and university courses?

Please see our ‘Further Education and Higher Education’ section in the directory for more information.

Where can I access training courses in specific job areas?

There are organisations who offer vocational training in a range of job sector areas in Sunderland, where you can gain experience and qualifications to support you into employment.  It is important to check the age and other eligibility criteria for courses.

You can find out more from these training providers by clicking on the relevant training course category listed on the right side of this page. 

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