Sunderland students discover a wonderful world of work

Work Discovery Week at Stadium of Light.
Biddick Academy pupils Georgia Turnbull and Nathan Lyle
Work Discovery Week at Stadium of Light. Biddick Academy pupils Georgia Turnbull and Nathan Lyle
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From robots to dance routines - hundreds of childen had a day to remember when they found out about the wonders of the workplace.

The impressive Work Discovery Week in Sunderland is back for the fourth time to help improve the employability of the city’s young people.

Work Discovery Week at Stadium of Light.

Work Discovery Week at Stadium of Light.

More than 1000 pupils from across 19 schools are taking part in activities, involving many of the region’s major businesses.

It opened at the Stadium of Light, with a packed programme of activities which included performances by Titan the Robot and Make My Day Events who carried out a dance routine to showcase various careers.

Paul McEldon, co-chair of Work Discovery Week, said: “Things are going exceptionally well and there is a real buzz about the day. It has a feeling of really interactive companies, exhibits that the students can take advantage of, and get to know what real jobs are about.”

Students also helped to construct a 40ft bridge which they walked across to teach them about civil engineering.

It is the culmination of a lot of hard work and for students to either go out and experience life in the workplace, or come to events like this.

Paul McEldon, co-chair of Work Discovery Week

A competition to fit wheels and a steering wheel to a car was also planned as well as a project which involved coding with Lego robots.

Students also helped to create a computer game and were given the opportunity to visit a careers fair and take part in a range of business led workshops which will help them improve their CV writing and interview skills.

Mr McEldon added: “This is the fourth year that we have been doing it and there have been 3,000 opportunities across the year.

“It is the culmination of a lot of hard work and for students to either go out and experience life in the workplace, or come to events like this.”

Work Discovery Week at Stadium of Light.

Work Discovery Week at Stadium of Light.

He praised companies, colleges and training providers for all supporting the initiative.

Headline sponsors this year include Accenture, Nissan, the University of Sunderland, Sunderland College and Make It Sunderland, with Unipres, the Bridges, Gentoo, North East LEP, Arriva, Calsonic Kansei, Leibherr UK and Northern Print Solutions also sponsoring the event.

Work Discovery Week is also supported by Sunderland City Council, NECC and SAFC.

Work Discovery Week at Stadium of Light.

Work Discovery Week at Stadium of Light.