FROM food and fashion to DJs and dancing, students enjoyed a week of fun to help raise their aspirations for the future.
Step Up Week was organised by City of Sunderland College to give young people the chance to try their hand at something new and see a range of opportunities available to them.
Hundreds of students took part in activities which were held at the college’s Bede, Usworth and St Peter’s Sixth Form centres.
Marie Appleton, Aimhigher progression coach at City of Sunderland College, who helped to organise the event, said: “Step Up Week is an annual event which helps to boost our learners’ confidence for what lies ahead, be it their final year at the college, further study at university or employment.
“We try to offer a diverse range of experiences and information to suit all our students.”
Throughout Step Up Week, interactive workshops were delivered by professional chefs offering up tasty recipes for survival cooking to prepare learners for life at university and living independently.
Each centre also had information stands and hosted visits from employers as well as the Army, the NHS, work experience and voluntary organisations to show different job opportunities.
There was even the chance for students to try their hand at being a Radio DJ at University of Sunderland’s station, Spark FM.
The week culminated in a vibrant Around the World in One Day multicultural event, which was organised by the college’s Racial Equality Focus Group. Learners at the closing ceremony also enjoyed various sports, bite-sized language sessions, an international dance and fashion show and world food tasting sessions.