Pupils get look behind-the-scenes of Northumbrian Water HQ

Sunderland Football Club Commercial Director Gary Hutchinson.
Sunderland Football Club Commercial Director Gary Hutchinson.
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YOUNG people from across Sunderland were given a behind-the-scenes look at one of the North East’s busiest industries.

Over the course of five days, more than 80 students were taken on a tour of Northumbrian Water’s County Durham headquarters and offered an insight into life in the utilities sector.

The visits included a look at every aspect of the organisation, from asset planning, procurement and insurance to network maintenance, human resources and health and safety.

Organised as part of Work Discovery Sunderland, the visit offered the chance for students to discuss various career opportunities and learn more about making a good impression at interview.

Jane Morland, partnerships assistant manager at Northumbrian Water, said: “The students were amazed at the diverse range of roles required to get water to and from their homes, and it was fantastic to see them so engaged and inquisitive during their visit.” The Utilities Sector Days at Northumbrian Water was the first in a series of events being held as part of Work Discovery Sunderland – a extension of the well-established Work Discovery Week.

The original initiative, which launched in 2013, was designed to forge stronger relationships between schools and the business community, and now involves more than 1,000 students each year.

Gary Hutchinson, co-chairman of the Sunderland’s economic leadership board’s business schools task group, which is running the initiative, said: “Work Discovery Week has already delivered huge benefits for young people and the wide range of businesses involved.

“Work Discovery Sunderland has been designed to extend this positive impact throughout the year, and to get more young people thinking about the wide range of opportunities that are open to them, especially in industries they may not have considered before.”