Project delivery involves thirteen partners including training providers, charity organisations and organisations from the voluntary sector. The range of organisations involved offers excellent opportunities for young people across the city providing them with real choices both in the range of courses available and actual location. Organisations currently involved include:

  • Springboard
  • Foundation of Light
  • Blue Watch
  • Sunderland College
  • Youth Almighty
  • Pallion Action Group
  • Pennywell Youth project
  • A690 Project
  • Box
  • Lambton Street
  • TCV
  • YMCA



The range of accredited courses includes main occupational areas for eg hospitality retail, construction but also offers a wide range of short courses inc:

  • Btec Workskills
  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • Employability Skills Level 1
  • ASDAN World of Work
  • Jamie Oliver’s Cookery
  • Entry Level 3 in Sports and Leisure
  • Introduction to Youth Work


The non accredited support provided by partners may include:

  • practical employability skills
  • work experience
  • personal finance skills
  • successful living skills
  • information sessions/ guest speakers
  • visits to training providers / organisations
  • support and activities as requested

Delivery partners also offer a range of individual packages including attendance payments, completion and progression bonus, lunch and travel payments, and voucher incentives.

Key Workers provide delivery partners with a range of support including:

  • monitoring of documentation,
  • Inductions and delivery
  • offering advice and guidance
  • signposting.


Typical success story:

“Amy had been NEETsince September 13 and was not engaging with any services / connexions. Amy was very unsure of her next steps but agreed to start LA7 and  joined YMCA in February 14. She completed her qualification in First Aid and we explored options available including Amy’s recent interest Youth Work from her time on the course. She has now progressed to study Level 1 and 2 Youth Work and has recently registered for Modern Apprenticeships via NAVMS, Connexions and Gateshead Council. Amy started LA7 with no clear idea of what she wanted to do in the future but is now well on her way to her new chosen career”.

Contact Details for the Sunderland team

Jan Elmes

Mobile: 07900227145
Tel: 0191 5612986


Tony Davison

Mobile: 07795843967
Tel: 0191 5612986


Brenda Cogdon

Mobile: 07717527167
Tel: 0191 5617351


 Sunderland City Council – LA7

Sunderland City Council (SCC) have two experienced Key Workers working on the LA7 Project. They have worked together on previous successful ESF contracts for over seven years. Both Key Workers also have previous experience of working with vulnerable young people having being employed with both the Connexions Service and previously the Careers Service. This breadth of experience offers an already established and excellent working relationship with a range of key organisations across the city.

Both Key Workers are qualified to Level 4 Advice and Guidance and one is currently enrolled on the Level 6 course.

Key workers identify individual needs with each young person taking into consideration both the information from assessment process and any partner feedback. This individual tailored support could include:

  • advice and guidance on appropriate progression routes
  • one to one support with application processes
  • interview techniques
  • accompanied open days / interviews
  • financial support with travel and interview clothing and equipment
  • regular appointments and opportunity for interventions


The majority of referrals to the LA7 project are identified by delivery partners identifying young people within their locality patch and from the Sunderland Connexions team. The SCC Data Sharing Policy further enables this process to include telephone contact and home visits to be completed from a range of partners across the city



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