Barbara Archer from the Business Academy (second left), with Pamela Dixon, foundation learning teacher (third right), and students

Business Academy Plays Key Role In Getting Area Working

Fri, 2002-05-31 01:00

More than 1000 adults have completed employability and enterprise courses at East Durham College in the last academic year.

The Business Academy and employment support team at the Peterlee Campus helps unemployed people get back into work. Their sole job is to equip un-trained people with relevant skills.

They work with services like Jobcentre Plus and the National Careers Service and keep up-to-date with local employers to see what kind of skills they are looking to hire as well as studying local labour market information to help people get into new careers.

Enterprise courses have seen participants learning about skills to set up their own businesses, retail and customer services and lots of others.

Customer service courses have already helped 51 per cent into full time job. Some students who have left business academy courses have gone on to set up their own businesses and also gone onto further education.

Barbara Archer, who heads up the team said: “I’m really passionate about the area and proud of the team’s work over the last year.

“I’m already excited to get started over the new year with courses that are already full up for the next few weeks.”

For information on courses ran by the Business Academy contact the employability team at East Durham College on 0191 518 8390.