Sunderland pupils on the road to work discovery at Unipress UK

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Children from schools in Sunderland have been given the inside track on the world of motor manufacturing, as part of a prize organised by one of the city’s leading companies.

At this year’s Work Discovery Week – where hundreds of young people from across the city were involved in a range of activities aimed at helping to boost their employability and build relationships with companies in the region – attendees took part in a competition organised by motor vehicle parts maker, Unipres UK.

The company was an exhibitor at the opening day careers fair held at the Stadium of Light, and as part of its interactive display asked pupils to guess the weight of a piece of equipment.

And last week the winners and runners-up received their prizes, which included a trip to the factory at Cherry Blossom Way.

Overall winner was Allison Atkin, from Thornhill School, who attended the visit, along with joint runners-up Kaitlin Mason, of Venerable Bede Academy, and Josh Watson, of Biddick Academy.

Rob Dodds, Apprentice co-ordinator at Unipres, said the visit had been a great success and praised the Work Discovery Sunderland programme.

“We had a great response from the schools at Work Discovery Week and with the winners who came to the factory,” said Rob.

The winners met with key staff including Managing Director Gary Graham and were given a tour of the factory, along with watching a presentation about the company.

The prize winners also received a range of gifts including vouchers, cinema tickets and games.