Inspiring Sunderland’s hi-tech workers of the future

Work Discovery Event at Sunderland Software Centre, Tavistock Place, Sunderland on Tuesday. Mike Pincher academic from Arts, Design and Mediua, Sunderland university, demonstrating Occulus Rift virtual gaming with pupils from Thornhill School, Sunderland.
Work Discovery Event at Sunderland Software Centre, Tavistock Place, Sunderland on Tuesday. Mike Pincher academic from Arts, Design and Mediua, Sunderland university, demonstrating Occulus Rift virtual gaming with pupils from Thornhill School, Sunderland.
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DOZENS of youngsters have been given an insight into career opportunities in Wearside’s burgeoning IT industry at a special event.

The latest industry sector day held by Work Discovery Sunderland saw pupils from 10 schools descend on Sunderland Software Centre, to see for themselves some of the jobs available and learning about the latest in after-school training.

Amy Porter, skills manager with Sunderland Software City, said: “It is really important to get the kids involved and show them the opportunities which are available here in the North East.

“A lot of them don’t have a clue about how big the industry is here in the region.

“The response from both industry and schools has been brilliant.

“A lot of companies have been keen to get involved and we will have had 200 pupils over the course of the day, but we could have had more if we had the capacity.”

St Anthony’s Girl’s Academy pupils Rebecca Old and Yasmin Strain were among those taking part.

“I didn’t know how much of an IT industry there was here,” said 14-year-old Yasmin.

“I thought it was mainly London and bigger cities.”

Rebecca, 15, was impressed by the setting of the Software Centre.

“I had seen the building before, but I didn’t know what it was,” she said.

“The building itself is lovely and the people seem nice.

“They weren’t too serious, which is a good thing.”

Among the organisations taking part were leading technology services company Accenture; global computer company HP and Sunderland-based Saggezza.

The Work Discovery Sunderland programme has grown out of the city’s Work Discovery Week, which this year runs from June 29 to July 3.