Hospitality and health sector days will kick-start new Work Discovery programme

BIC Chief Executive, Paul McEldon

BIC Chief Executive, Paul McEldon

Sunderland students looking to improve their employability skills can learn more about the hospitality and health sectors next month (November 2017).

Work Discovery Sunderland, a unique programme aimed at giving young people the chance to learn more about the world of work, will kick-start its new term with two sector days.

The first event of the 2017-18 academic year will be a hospitality sector day on Monday, 13 November, supported by the city’s leading hotels the Hilton Garden Inn, the Roker Hotel and Seaburn Marriott.

Then, on Wednesday November 22, there will be a health sector day, led by City Hospitals Sunderland, which will showcase the work of the University of Sunderland’s Living Lab, a learning space for undergraduates studying to work in nursing, pharmacy, paramedic science and health sciences.

The Work Discovery Sunderland programme has grown out of the city’s successful Work Discovery Week which is held each summer, bringing together firms from across the region to work with Wearside teenagers in a busy week of activities.

It hosts regular tech and guest speaker events throughout the year to give young people the opportunity to learn from business leaders and professionals, arming them with the information they need to help plan their future and try to decide which career path to take.

Paul McEldon, co-chair of Work Discovery Sunderland, is looking forward to the new term, and is excited about welcoming a new cohort of youngsters.

“I’m delighted that we’re getting ready for our first events of the new academic year, and that we will be offering two sector days in November,” he said.

“These days are always very popular, and this year we are starting with two of the most popular career paths for youngsters today, hospitality and health, and these events will give them a real insight into these important sectors.”

“Our aim has always been to give young people all of the tools they need to arm them for their future careers, and we look forward to welcoming them to these, along with our other planned events throughout the academic year.”

Work is already underway for next year’s Work Discovery Week, which will run from Monday 25 to Friday 29 June 2018.

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