Success at Sunderland’s Work Discovery Week

Cameron Revell with Alison Burgin and Jim Casey.
Cameron Revell with Alison Burgin and Jim Casey.
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WASHINGTON School pupil Cameron Revell has driven off with a top prize after winning a challenge as part of Work Discovery Week.

Cameron was one of 800 young people who attended the opening day careers fair at the Stadium of Light.

The event was just the beginning of a packed programme which included visits to businesses across the region, workshops, a city bus tour and a business problem-solving challenge.

As part of a the career fair, students were asked to guess the weight of a driver’s seat produced by the Lear Corporation for the Nissan Qashqai.

Cameron’s guess of 20kg was the closest to the actual 22kg weight, winning him a £50 iTunes voucher from the company.

Senior HR officer Alison Burgin and Jim Casey, manager of the Rainton Bridge plant, dropped by the Spout Lane school during assembly to hand over the prize.

“Lear is delighted, for the second year running, to have supported Work Discovery Week, which is a great and important way of informing young people about career opportunities within our region and help prepare them for their working lives,” said Jim.

“As well as the need for us to perform accurate calculations within our working lives, there’ll be many times where we’ll need to estimate as accurately as possible.

“This competition was a simple example to test estimation skills and the winner demonstrated his skill by accurately estimating the weight of a car seat.”

Work Discovery Week has now run successfully for two years, and plans for next year are already being drawn up.

The week is an initiative from Sunderland’s Economic Leadership Board – Business:Schools Task Group, which recognised the need to forge stronger links between companies across the region and school pupils on Wearside.