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Workforce development

Our workforce development courses offer an employer-focused approach to training and education. We strive to make it as simple as possible for you to achieve your training objectives, no matter how extensive or complex your needs are.

Educate. Invest. Achieve. Progress.

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Mental Health Awareness Masterclass

This masterclass will help leaders, managers and interested peers working in any sector to support staff who might be struggling with their mental health.  

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Menopause in the Workplace

Learn what to expect when the menopause happens, and what your next steps might be in the workplace.

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Advanced Clinical Practitioner

The Advanced Clinical Practitioner Degree Apprenticeship is a dynamic work-based learning programme that will develop the core capabilities and advanced skills, knowledge and behaviours required for advanced clinical practice across a range of disciplines. This programme runs predominantly as a higher-level clinical apprenticeship. Practitioners who are not accessing an apprenticeship are also welcomed.

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CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) Certificate

CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching for Adults)

Do you want to teach English as a foreign language? After just four weeks of intensive full-time study, this course leads to a Certificate in English Language Teaching for Adults (CELTA). This qualification is widely known as a benchmark of basic teaching skills and quality.

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Subject Knowledge Enhancement

This short course has been created for individuals who are completing their initial teacher training in secondary education and want to enhance there knowledge within a specific subject specialism. You can choose from one of the following subject areas: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computing, Languages (French/Spanish).

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Our courses

View all of our Short Courses and Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.


Workforce development offers a number of short courses and apprenticeships spanning across a range of subject specialisms, that support continuous professional development for working people. They allow individuals to top up knowledge or learn something new while fitting studies around work and other commitments.

We’re also able to offer companies tailored and bespoke closed programmes so your course or apprenticeship comprises of exactly what you and your business requires, now or in the future.


By enrolling in one of our short courses or apprenticeships, you will be investing your time into new career opportunities. Our courses run at various times throughout the year and vary in length, so there will be training opportunities for all circumstances.


There are also different ways you can receive funding for your training that our teams can help you with.


We strive to make it as simple as possible for you to achieve your training objectives, no matter how extensive or complex your needs are.

Completing a short course or apprenticeship can help you achieve new skills and a greater understanding of how to be successful in your job role. There are also some opportunities to achieve a qualification to help you progress further professionally.


Once you have completed a short course or apprenticeship, you will have a range of new opportunities for progression within your career. You can now use your new skills and knowledge to take on new challenges and be confident about the work you're doing.

You can even enrol onto another workforce development course and widen your skill set further. The possibilities for progression are endless.

Why us?

Access to world-class facilities and expertise

across both our Sunderland campuses

Exceptional support for your employees as they progress through their studies

from dedicated teams focused on your needs

Wide-ranging courses on offer

which employers can shape to fit their company

Contact us

Find out more about our courses by contacting our team at 0191 515 3361.