Hospitality experts share their recipes for success with young would-be workers

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EXPERTS from the region’s hospitality industry gathered in Sunderland to share the recipes for success with young people.

Hundreds of youngsters flocked to the Stadium of Light for a special careers event which showcased the many varied jobs within the hospitality industry.

It was arranged as part of the Work Discovery Sunderland programme, which was set up to build relationships between the city’s young people and businesses across the region, an event was held to showcase.

Sponsored by the UK’s leading food service provider, Bidvest 3663, the event was supported by leading hotels, including Seaham Hall and the Marriott along with Sunderland College and Sunderland University.

Youngsters from primary school age upwards went along to visit the careers fair and took part in a number of workshops.

SAFC staff were on hand to show how their extensive hospitality operation works, talking to the young people about working at every level of the organisation along with offering fun challenges.

Students were also given the chance to sample a range of foods to let them see how eating healthy food can still be fun.

Susan Justice, Bidvest 3663’s head of business development North East, said: “A large array of foods were showcased, from fresh fish to artisan cakes, along with some great examples of tasty, nutritional school meals.”

Gary Hutchinson, Commercial Director of SAFC and co-chairman of the Sunderland’s Economic Leadership Board Business School Task Group, which set up Work Discovery Sunderland, said: “By bringing together some of the most high profile companies in food service we are sure the day will give a great insight into the diverse career opportunities within the food industry and be both fun and interactive.

“This is the latest in a series of highly successful sector days which makes up an important part of the Work Discovery Sunderland programme.

“The aim is to showcase to young people the many jobs in specific industries and the opportunities available to them, along with highlighting the skills they need to improve their employability.”

Work Discovery Sunderland was launched in 2013, with week of activities to forge stronger links with major employers and the workforce of the future. The success of the first event led to it being repeated in 2014 and the expansion of the programme, which also organises a range of speaker days for schools across the city.

Work Discovery Week 2015 will run from June 29 to July 3.