Robots and racing cars to kick-off Work Discovery Week in Sunderland

Some of those taking part at the start of last year's Work Discovery Week at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.

Some of those taking part at the start of last year's Work Discovery Week at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.

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Pupils will be racing to the Stadium of Light on Monday when Work Discovery Week gets under way

The annual event, which was set up to link young people from across the city with top businesses around the region, is now in its third year.

Titan the Robot.

Titan the Robot.

And more than 1,000 students will be taking part in activities from June 29 to July 3.

Among the events planned for the opening day will be everything from a pit stop challenge, where young people will construct a racing car, to an appearance by an 8ft high robot which has appeared with everyone from Rihanna to Justin Bieber.

The fun activities all have a serious message, however, showcasing to young people the diversity of jobs available across a wide range of sectors.

Work Discovery Week was set up by Sunderland’s Economic Leadership Board Business Schools Task Group to help young people in the city improve their employability.

At the open day at the Stadium of Light on Monday, around 1,000 young people will take part in a range of workshops, demonstrations and visit a careers’ fair with more than 40 businesses taking part.

The event is sponsored by a number of local organisations including Sunderland College, the University of Sunderland, Gentoo, Arriva and Nissan along with Sunderland City Council, Sunderland Football Club and the North East Chamber of Commerce.

Young people will be able to try Nissan’s interactive game pod where they can try and achieve the fastest time on a virtual lap, they can also have a go at bricklaying and welding and find out about the development of 3D science and technology at FabLab Sunderland.

One of the highlights will be two performances by Titan the Robot, organised by South Tyneside College.

The robot has appeared on endless television programmes and with a range of international music stars along with being regularly seen at science shows around the globe.

Gary Hutchinson, co-chairman of the Business Schools Task Group, said Work Discovery Week continued to go from strength to strength.

“The event has grown year on year and 2015 is going to be spectacular.

“Not only do we have an amazing opening event planned but we have a week full of visits by schools to businesses across the region, culminating in our problem solving challenge event on Friday.

“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.”