Sunderland parents encouraged to help children plan for the future

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SUNDERLAND parents are being given a unique opportunity to see what career prospects are available in the region.

As part of this year’s Work Discovery Week, which runs from June 30 to July 4, the opening day careers fair at the Stadium of Light is being extended to allow parents to attend.

More than 40 organisations covering everything from manufacturing to software, hospitality to healthcare, training to further education, will be exhibiting at the fair, which will be attended during the day by more than 1,000 young people.

Thanks to sponsorship from pump manufacturers, Grundfos, the fair has been extended to allow parents and carers to attend between 5pm to 8pm.

Lee Carlin, general manager at Grundfos, said: “This year the company has decided to specifically sponsor the parents’ careers fair evening, primarily to raise awareness of the importance of parents and carers in helping shape and guide their children’s aspirations.

“Grundfos firmly believes that the business sector could and should do more to help parents and carers understand the opportunities that are available for their children.”

Work Discovery Week – Sunderland took place last year for the first time, with more than 2,000 young people and 40 companies taking part. The mix of careers fairs, challenges, workshops and visits was hailed as such a trailblazing initiative that it was then held up nationally as an example of best practice.

Organisations supporting the event include Sunderland City Council, SAFC and the North East Chamber of Commerce, with sponsors including Nissan, Arriva, Gentoo, the University of Sunderland, Sunderland College. The Bridges and Northumbrian Water.

Work Discovery Week will include an opening event on June 30 with a fashion show, careers fair and a range of demonstrations and workshops.

Any parents interested in visiting the fair can just turn up at the stadium after 5pm on Monday, June 30.