Giving Sunderland children an insight into the world of work

Work Discovery Week sponsors at the Stadium of Light.
Work Discovery Week sponsors at the Stadium of Light.
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SUNDERLAND schoolchildren are set to get another insight into the world of work.

Work Discovery Week- Sunderland took place last year for the first time, with more than 2,000 young people and 40 top companies participating.

The mix of careers fairs, challenges, workshops and visits was held up nationally as an example of best practice.

Now it is to return, bigger and better than before.

More than 50 businesses have signed up for Work Discovery Week 2014, which will run from June 30.

A number of top businesses from around the region are sponsoring the event, which is also being supported by core partners Sunderland City Council, SAFC and North East Chamber of Commerce.

Headline sponsors include Nissan, catering giants 3663, Arriva, Gentoo, Sunderland University and Sunderland College with additional support from The Bridges, Accenture, Liebherr Works, Calsonic Kansei, Northumbrian Water, TRW and Grundfos.

A group of representatives gathered at the Stadium of light to launch this year’s event,

The week is an initiative from Sunderland’s Economic Leadership Board – Business:Schools Task Group, who recognised the need to forge stronger links between business and schools on Wearside.

SAFC commercial director Gary Hutchinson co-chairs the group: “Work Discovery Week-Sunderland was such a huge success last year and forged relationships which have continued on since then,” he said.

“The support from businesses across the region has been superb and we’ve achieved everything we set out to do and more.

“It’s very gratifying that this has worked so well that it is being held up in other areas as an example of how schools and businesses can work together.”

Work Discovery Week will be the start of a year of activity, with sector days dedicated to different industries giving pupils from across Sunderland the opportunity for unique insights into a wide variety of industries.

City council deputy leader Coun Harry Trueman said: “Work Discovery Week has been held up as a blueprint for a successful partnership between schools and business and after the huge success of last year it’s extremely rewarding to know that not only is it back for a second time but that even more companies are involved this time round.

“This initiative continues to go from strength to strength and is giving young people in Sunderland a real opportunity to build relationships and find out more about the world of work.”

A number of sponsorship packages are still available for the week, ranging from headline sponsors to exhibition stands at the careers fair being held on the first day – call Sorted PR on 265 6111 or email