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BUSINESS BACKING: Work Discovery Week 2015 launched at the Stadium of Light.
BUSINESS BACKING: Work Discovery Week 2015 launched at the Stadium of Light.
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LEADING businesses are backing an event aimed at boosting the job prospects of young Wearsiders.

Work Discovery Week – set up to improve relationships between the region’s companies and pupils from schools in Sunderland – returns for a third year later this summer.

We receive an overwhelming degree of support from the business community for this initiative, which has helped not only develop better relationships between schools and business, but has also given pupils an opportunity to learn all about the careers that are open to them.

Gary Hutchinson

This year’s Work Discovery Week runs from June 29 to July 3, and includes a careers fair.

It will tie in with the Work Discovery Sunderland initiative, which sees youngsters attend specialist sector days.

It has attracted the backing of a host of big firms, with Gentoo, the University of Sunderland, Sunderland College, Arriva, Nissan, The Bridges, Liebherr, and Northumbrian Water all confirmed as sponsors, along with Ashmore Consultants, Northern Print Solutions, Calsonic Kansei, Accenture and TRW.

This year’s event, also supported by SAFC, Sunderland City Council and the North East Chamber of Commerce, was officially launched at the Stadium of Light this week.

“It’s fantastic that all of these important businesses are sponsoring Work Discovery Week,” said Gary Hutchinson, commercial director of SAFC and co-chairman of Sunderland’s Economic Leadership Board Business Schools Task Group.

“This is such an important opportunity for the young people in Sunderland, and without the sponsors it couldn’t take place.

“We receive an overwhelming degree of support from the business community for this initiative, which has helped not only develop better relationships between schools and business, but has also given pupils an opportunity to learn all about the careers that are open to them.”