Giant robot and pitstop challenge launch Work Discovery Week in Sunderland

pupils from school's across Sunderland attend Work Discovery Week event held at the Stadium of Light
pupils from school's across Sunderland attend Work Discovery Week event held at the Stadium of Light
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From a pitstop challenge to a giant robot – Sunderland’s annual business event for students kicked off in fantastic style.

Work Discovery Week, which got under way at the Stadium of Light, will link young people from across the city with top businesses around the region.

pupils from school's across Sunderland attend Work Discovery Week event held at the Stadium of Light

pupils from school's across Sunderland attend Work Discovery Week event held at the Stadium of Light

More than 1,000 students are taking part in activities in the event, now in its third year, which lasts until July 3. The opening day highlights included pit stop challenge where young people got to build a racing car to an appearance by an 8ft robot which has appeared with everyone from Rihanna to Justin Bieber.

The fun activities all have a serious message – the diversity of jobs available.

Work Discovery Week was set up by the Sunderland’s Economic Leadership Board Business Schools Task Group, to help young people in the city improve their employability. Since its launch it has gone from strength to strength and it is now held up nationally as a blueprint on how to engage young people with businesses.

The open day saw around 1,000 young people take part workshops, demonstrations and visit a careers’ fair. More than 40 businesses are taking part. The event is sponsored by a number of top organisations including Sunderland College, the University of Sunderland, Gentoo, Arriva and Nissan along with key partners, Sunderland City Council, SAFC and NECC. Young people got to try Nissan’s interactive game pod where they tried achieve the fastest time on a virtual lap.

We have 21 schools involved this year and we have extended our careers fair so that more people can benefit from meeting these great organisations in one place face to face

Gary Hutchinson, co-chair of the Business Schools Task Group

A chance to have a go at bricklaying and welding was also on offer.

One of the highlights was two performances by Titan the Robot, organised by South Tyneside College. The robot has appeared on television and with international music stars along with being regularly seen at science shows around the globe.

Gary Hutchinson, co-chair of the Business Schools Task Group said: “We have 21 schools involved this year and we have extended our careers fair so that more people can benefit from meeting these great organisations in one place face to face.”

pupils from school's across Sunderland attend Work Discovery Week event held at the Stadium of Light

pupils from school's across Sunderland attend Work Discovery Week event held at the Stadium of Light

pupils from school's across Sunderland attend Work Discovery Week event held at the Stadium of Light

pupils from school's across Sunderland attend Work Discovery Week event held at the Stadium of Light

pupils from school's across Sunderland attend Work Discovery Week event held at the Stadium of Light

pupils from school's across Sunderland attend Work Discovery Week event held at the Stadium of Light

pupils from school's across Sunderland attend Work Discovery Week event held at the Stadium of Light

pupils from school's across Sunderland attend Work Discovery Week event held at the Stadium of Light

pupils from school's across Sunderland attend Work Discovery Week event held at the Stadium of Light - Nissan's Les Thurlow with Oxclose Community Academy pupils Lewis Robinson, Liam Hind and James O'Donnell

pupils from school's across Sunderland attend Work Discovery Week event held at the Stadium of Light - Nissan's Les Thurlow with Oxclose Community Academy pupils Lewis Robinson, Liam Hind and James O'Donnell

pupils from school's across Sunderland attend Work Discovery Week event held at the Stadium of Light

pupils from school's across Sunderland attend Work Discovery Week event held at the Stadium of Light

pupils from school's across Sunderland attend Work Discovery Week event held at the Stadium of Light

pupils from school's across Sunderland attend Work Discovery Week event held at the Stadium of Light

pupils from school's across Sunderland attend Work Discovery Week event held at the Stadium of Light

pupils from school's across Sunderland attend Work Discovery Week event held at the Stadium of Light