FOR generations, Sunderland College has been at the forefront of educating some of the brightest lights in manufacturing and engineering.
With a pedigree in the industry that goes back to the 70s, when it was known as Wearside College, the College’s new City Campus will play a leading role in supporting the growth and development of the automotive sector.
The £29m facility, which is in the heart of the city centre, includes a specifically designed space for advanced manufacturing and engineering and enables the College to deliver a host of new programmes for the automotive industry.
Those who study at Sunderland College achieve higher grades than any other college in the area for vocational courses and as one of the largest A Level providers in the North East with strong progression for learners into higher, the College support not only the skills of the shop floor, but back office teams, covering areas like business administration and accountancy.
Sunderland College also has an envied reputation for quality employer training across the North East and works with over 400 businesses, ranging from SME to large employers, supporting their recruitment and training strategies.
The College offers innovative education and training solutions to increase the knowledge, skills and contribution of a workforce that will make a real and measurable difference to both individual and business performance. The College’s education services range from national qualifications, to training that can be tailored to meet a company’s exact needs.
As one of the largest Apprenticeship training providers in the region, Sunderland College has an extensive team of specialist staff with industry experience. At present the College offers over 40 Apprenticeship frameworks and the quality of their apprenticeship programmes are reflected in the fact that 92% of Sunderland College apprentices remain employed at the end of their apprenticeship.