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17 September 2014

Pupils from across Sunderland will be getting the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the region’s busiest industries as the first of a series of specialised sector days.

Work Discovery Sunderland has been developed out of the annual Work Discovery Week, which sees scores of businesses from across the North East developing relationships with schools through a range of activities.

Organisers realised the potential for growing the concept beyond one week a year and have created a series of one day events to offer young people a more in-depth look at particular industries.

The first of these will take place on Monday (September 22) when Northumbrian Water will lead on a utilities sector day, giving a detailed insight into the company and providing an overview of how the water, gas and electric industries work together.

Throughout next week groups of young people will visit the company’s Pity Me, County Durham headquarters daily and be given an insight into every aspect of the organisation, looking at the roles of teams working in everything from water efficiency to HR, health and safety and finance.

The youngsters will also be able to discuss career opportunities within the utilities industry and take part in a WaterAid challenge.

“The aim of the sector days is for young people to get to discover the many job options that are available in various industries which they may not necessarily have thought of,” said Gary Hutchinson, co-chair of the Sunderland’s Economic Leadership Board Business Schools Task Group which set up Work Discovery Sunderland.

A number of other sector days are planned throughout the year including health, hospitality, software, creative industries, retail and advanced manufacturing and engineering – all lead by the city’s top companies.

Work Discovery Week was launched in 2013 out of the desire that businesses wanted to forge stronger relationships with the workforce of the future.

More than 1000 school pupils have now been involved each year, taking part in activities ranging from a careers fair, business challenges, visits to companies, workshops and hands-on activities.

Many of the region’s biggest employers –including SAFC, Nissan, Gentoo, Sunderland University, Sunderland College and Arriva- support the event and its success has paved the way for a whole host of other activities including the sector days.

“It’s fantastic to see so many organisations not just getting behind Work Discovery Week but supporting us in our work to grow this to the next level,” said Gary.

“Work Discovery Sunderland is making a massive impact on the young people in the city and these days will ensure they can make informed decisions about their future.”

Work Discovery Week is already planned for 2015 and will run from June 29 to July 3.

For further information please call Sorted PR on 0191 265 6111.

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