Work-based learning may be the route for you if you want to work but still gain a qualification. A wide range of training opportunities is available. Work-based learning caters for all abilities and offers you the opportunity to get all the work skills and qualifications employers demand in the job market.

  • Do you enjoy practical work?
  • Do you want to work towards a National Vocational Qualification?
  • Would you like to earn as you learn?

Work-based learning may be the route for you if you want to work but still gain a qualification. A wide range of learning opportunities is available. Work-based learning caters for all abilities and offers you the opportunity to get all the work skills and qualifications employers demand in the job market.

Not all learning providers offer learning at all levels, so check with individual learning providers or with your Connexions Personal Adviser.

Although not all learning providers are based in Sunderland, some often have placements in Sunderland and the surrounding areas.

I want to get started - what do I do next?

Listed below are some of the occupational areas available, followed by the organisations which provide learning in that occupational area (with their telephone numbers and/or website addresses).

Find the occupational areas which interest you, and either telephone the relevant organisations or go to their websites for more details. Alternatively, you can contact your Connexions Personal Adviser, who will provide you with more information.

Accounting Technician

Access Training Telephone 0191 490 4646
Aspire, Achieve, Advance 3aaa Telephone 0191 222 1920
East Durham College Telephone 0191 518 8259
Newcastle College Telephone 0191 200 4000
Northern Skills Group Telephone 03453 40 40 40 
Sunderland College Telephone 0191 511 6484/511 6788

Agriculture (Farming)

East Durham College Telephone 0191 518 8259
Newcastle College Telephone 0191 200 4000 

Animal Care

East Durham College Telephone 0191 518 8259
Newcastle College Telephone 0191 200 4000
Sunderland Training & Education Farm (STEF) Telephone 0796 063 8457

Beauty Therapy

Access Telephone 0191 490 4646 
A.L.D. Hair & Beauty Training Academy Telephone 0191 477 7764
East Durham College Telephone 0191 518 8259 
Newcastle College Telephone 0191 200 4000
Saks Hair & Beauty Telephone 01325 341 605
Springboard Sunderland Telephone 0191 515 5300 
Sunderland College Telephone 0191 511 6484/511 6788 
Unique Training Telephone 0191 5142943


Business Administration (including clerical, customer service, estate agency, property, travel services and cultural heritage)

Access Telephone 0191 490 4646
East Durham College Telephone 0191 518 8259
First4Skills  Telephone 0191 378 3930 
Hays Travel Telephone 0191 510 6316 
Key Training Telephone 0191 261 8906/587 8159 
Milltech Telephone 0191 510 0414
Newcastle College Telephone 0191 200 4000
Northern Skills Group Telephone 03453 40 40 40 
Springboard Sunderland Telephone 0191 515 5300
Sunderland College Telephone 0191 511 6484/511 6788

Care - Children or Elderly

Babcock Telephone 0800 731 8199 
Newcastle College Telephone 0191 200 4000
Springboard Sunderland Telephone 0191 515 5300

Catering and Hospitality

Babcock Telephone 0800 731 8199
Sunderland College Telephone 0191 511 6484/511 6788
East Durham College Telephone 0191 518 8259
First4Skills  Telephone 0191 378 3930 
Newcastle College Telephone 0191 200 4000  

Cleaning Services

Babcock Telephone 0800 731 8199

Computing/Information Technology (ICT)

Aspire, Achieve, Advance 3aaa Telephone 0191 222 1920
East Durham College
 Telephone 0191 518 8259
First4Skills  Telephone 0191 378 3930 
Key Training Telephone 0191 261 8906/587 8159 
Newcastle College Telephone 0191 200 4000
Northern Skills Group Telephone 03453 40 40 40 

Construction (including bricklaying, joinery, and painting and decorating)

Sunderland College Telephone 0191 511 6484/511 6377
ConstructionSkills Telephone 0344 994 4411/0844 844 0046
East Durham College Telephone 0191 518 8259
JTL Telephone 01978 663 700/0800 085 2308 
Newcastle College Telephone 0191 200 4000
Northern Skills Group Telephone 03453 40 40 40  
Springboard Sunderland Telephone 0191 515 5300

Dental Nursing

Northern Skills Group Telephone 03453 40 40 40 

Design (Art/Graphic Design/Desktop Publishing/Arts Creative and Cultural)

Comusica Telephone 0191 443 5171/0779 923 0825 
Springboard Sunderland Telephone 0191 515 5300

Electrical installation

Sunderland College Telephone 0191 511 6484/6346
East Durham College Telephone 0191 518 8259
JTL Telephone 01978 663 700/0800 085 2308 

Engineering (including fabrication and welding, computer installation and security technician)

BT/Openreach Telephone 01245 256 861
Sunderland College Telephone 0191 511 6484/511 6346
East Durham College Telephone 0191 518 8259
JTL Telephone 01978 663 700/0800 085 2308 
Newcastle College Telephone 0191 200 4000
Northern Skills Group Telephone 03453 40 40 40  
Rolls Royce Telephone 0191 256 5385
SETA Telephone 0191 416 2860
TDR Training Telephone 0191 491 1505
Tyne North Training Telephone 0191 262 6860 

Floristry

East Durham College Telephone 0191 518 8259

Foundation Learning Programme

BL Hairdressing Training Telephone 0191 565 5172
Fit Training Telephone 0191 478 8384
JAG Telephone 0191 417 3382
Key Training Telephone 0191 261 8906/587 8159 
NEETA Telephone 0191 230 2241
Northern Skills Group Telephone 03453 40 40 40 
SAFC Foundation Telephone 0191 551 5319/551 5191/551 5067
Springboard Sunderland Telephone 0191 515 5300
Sunderland Training & Education Farm (STEF) Telephone 0796 063 8457
TDR Training Telephone 0191 491 1505

Glass Training

Northern Skills Group Telephone 03453 40 40 40  

Hairdressing/Barbering

A.L.D. Hair & Beauty Training Academy Telephone 0191 477 7764
BL Hairdressing Training Telephone 0191 565 5172
Sunderland College Telephone 0191 511 6484/511 6377 
East Durham College Telephone 0191 518 8259
NEETA Telephone 0191 416 7609
Newcastle College Telephone 0191 200 4000
North East Apprenticeship Company Telephone 0191 490 2453/text NEAC to 82010
Saks Hair & Beauty Telephone 01325 341 605
Unique Training Telephone 0191 5142943

Horticulture (Gardening)/Conservation/Land based studies

East Durham College Telephone 0191 518 8259
Newcastle College Telephone 0191 200 4000
Springboard Sunderland Telephone 0191 515 5300

Laboratory/scientific work

Newcastle College Telephone 0191 200 4000
Northern Skills Group Telephone 03453 40 40 40  
TDR Training Telephone 0191 491 1505

Management

Access Telephone 0191 490 4646
Babcock Telephone 0800 731 8199
First4Skills  Telephone 0191 378 3930 
Intraining Group Ltd. Telephone 01773 558 080/353 066 
Milltech Telephone 0191 510 0414

Manufacturing/Factory

Access Telephone 0191 490 4646
East Durham College Telephone 0191 518 8259
Northern Skills Group Telephone 03453 40 40 40  
Springboard Sunderland Telephone 0191 515 5300

Military Preparation/Public Services

Fortitude Training Telephone 0191 565 9222
Springboard Sunderland Telephone 0191 515 5300
Sunderland College Telephone 0191 511 6484/511 6788 
YH Training Services Ltd Telephone 07442 498 520

Motor Vehicle (including garage work, mechanic and bodywork)

Chameleon Vocational Training Ltd Telephone 0191 340 6060
Sunderland College
 Telephone 0191 511 6484/511 6788
Milltech Telephone 0191 510 0414
Newcastle College Telephone 0191 200 4000
Springboard Sunderland Telephone 0191 515 5300

Music

Comusica Telephone 0191 443 5171/0779 923 0825   

Retail (Shop Work)

Sunderland College Telephone 0191 511 6484/511 6346
Intraining Group Ltd Telephone 01773 558 080/353 066 
Key Training Telephone 0191 261 8906/587 8159 
Northern Skills Group Telephone 03453 40 40 40  
Springboard Sunderland Telephone 0191 515 5300 

Sport/Leisure/Recreation

Fit Training Telephone 0191 516 6088
Lifetime Fitness Academy Telephone 0870 120 1208/0117 314 3005 
SAFC Foundation Telephone 0191 551 5319/551 5191/551 5067 
Springboard Sunderland Telephone 0191 515 5300 

Telecommunications

BT/Openreach Telephone 01245 256 861
Baltic Training Services Telephone 01325 731 050/0797 440 4880
Newcastle College Telephone 0191 200 4000

Warehousing/Distribution/Logistics

Access Telephone 0191 490 4646
Babcock Telephone 0800 731 8199
East Durham College Telephone 0191 518 8259
Key Training Telephone 0191 261 8906/587 8159 
Northern Skills Group Telephone 03453 40 40 40  
Springboard Sunderland Telephone 0191 515 5300