Online Learning and Support Links for Young People and Adults

Online Learning

During this time, while we are all staying at home due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, you can learn some new skills and gain qualifications by studying online. On this page you'll find links to organisations who are offering online learning courses for young people and adults. Click on the links below to find out more.

Foundation of Light

New e-learning courses for over 19s and families:

Back in the Game Sports Traineeship - want to gain a career in sport? Achieve a Level 1 work skills qualification accredited by Pearson and get job ready. 

You will be supported by tutors to learn about job prospects, CV writing, interviews and employability skills through practical work placements. If you're interested please contact the Careers and NEET service to be referred.

Ixion Training

Traineeship opportunities are available in various vocational areas with Ixion:

Keep on top of your profession and ensure you're up to date with industry current practices with Ixion's interactive video-based e-learning courses that be can completed anytime, anywhere with instant certification. For more information call 01245 505 642 or email


Construction pre-employability training courses – remote delivery to support learners during coronavirus pandemic. Follow to the link to complete an online referral at:

Level 2 pre-apprenticeship study programme in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care. Are you aged 16 to 19 and looking for a challenge? This course aims to develop the learner's knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles required for a variety of job roles in the adult health and social care sector. For more information visit or call 0191 477 0840.

Phoenix Employment Training Academy Limited (PETAL)

Employability Study Programme: 

  • build a CV
  • plan a route into employment
  • identify job suitability
  • job search
  • health and safety.

Visit for more information or email

Sunderland College

Achieve your careers and life dreams through distance learning by balancing study with your lifestyle with distance learning. Learn essential skills, wellbeing skills, business skills, digital skills or career skills. To find out what courses are currently available visit

Media Savvy CIC

Courses include Intro to Digital Imaging, Staying Connected, Fit Body Fit Mind and more.

You can also livestream training on their YouTube channel to reduce social isolation and to learn new skills:

Register for a course by calling 07873 176 145 or email


Free online Maths and English courses, plus many more:

FutureLearn Schools

Free online learning resources for young people 13+:

The Open University

Free online learning courses at all levels:

Department for Education

The Department for Education have provided a list of online education resources for home education during the coronavirus pandemic:

Vision2 Learn

Customer Service Level 2 Qualification:

Penshaw View

Next Steps course on Health and Wellbeing and Employability Skills. To book your space contact Penshaw View Training on 0191 543 7177 or email

Go Digital course - a two-week programme focusing on supporting learners to develop their IT skills, along with proper use of social media and how to communicate online. This course covers IT skills, CV writing, personal development, social media, online job search, job applications, budgeting and employability skills.  

Learners will be supplied with a laptop to use whilst on the course and will keep it upon completion. Learning is 30 hours per week for two weeks (Monday to Friday, 9.15am to 4pm). The courses run in Newcastle and Sunderland - for the next available dates, more information or book a space call 0191 543 7177.

Princes Trust

Our online course has the tools to help you get the job you want. From where to start your job search to how to feel confident in an interview, work through our videos, worksheets and quizzes at your own pace. Find out more at

Learning Concepts

Are you aged 19+ and interested in improving your Maths and English? If you're looking to achieve fully funded and recognised qualifications contact 0191 428 3366 or email

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Offline and online training courses for 16 to 18 year olds and  people aged 19+. For more information or to be referred, please contact the Careers and NEET team.

Virtual Open Day Events

You can also plan for your future career by finding out more about at courses that will be starting later on in the year. You can sign up to attend virtual open days and information and advice events at local colleges and training organisations, to discover more about what is available: 

Sunderland College

Gateshead College

East Durham College

New College Durham

Springboard Northeast


Online open events and CV writing/interview techniques sessions:

The Sunderland Education, Training & Employability Online Directory

An easy to use online resource bringing together local providers and organisations that offer a wide variety of education, training and employability courses to the people of Sunderland.  

The Sunderland Education, Training & Employability Online Directory will support those who are planning their career, wanting to gain new qualifications or improve their employability skills. 

You can search for information on exciting local courses which are displayed under vocational headings such as Motor Vehicle, Health & Adult Care and Retail & Warehousing, plus many more. 

To get started, the online directory can be easily accessed by using the links below:


SEND Local Offer: 


Additional Support for Young People

There are many organisations offering vital support on a range of issues to young people. 

Care Leaver Covenant

Information and advice on health and wellbeing, education, employment, volunteering opportunities and money matters is available for care experienced young people at:

Princes Trust

Sunderland Youth Voice


Kooth provides free and safe online counselling and support for children and young people in Sunderland aged 10 to 25 years old.

Visit for more information and to sign up.


Visit or call 116 123 from any phone, free of charge.

Growing Healthy Sunderland (0-19 years)

Visit or call 0300 003 1552. 


The following community organisations also provide support:

Pallion Action Group



Youth Almighty Project



Southwick neighbourhood Youth Project


Blue Watch


Pennywell Youth Project



Easington Lane Community Access Point



Sunderland North Community Business Centre


In Careers and NEET Service