North East businesses support fifth Work Discovery Week

Work DiscoveryA NUMBER of leading firms from across the North East have pledged their continued support to a scheme aimed at improving the employability of young people in Sunderland.

The fifth Work Discovery Week will be held from 26-30 June 2017, offering career advice and experiences to more than 1000 youngsters from schools across the city.

Supported by Sunderland City Council, SAFC and the North East Chamber of Commerce, the week is part of the successful Work Discovery Sunderland programme which helps provide more than 3000 opportunities each academic year for students to develop employability skills and gain insight into various industries before embarking on the world of work.

And already some of the event’s long-standing sponsors have confirmed their continued support for Work Discovery Week 2017.

Make IT Sunderland, Sunderland University, Sunderland College, North East LEP, Unipres, Accenture, Gentoo, Liebherr, Nissan and the Bridges are already on board and Paul McEldon, co-chair of Work Discovery Sunderland, explained how plans are forging ahead to make this year’s the biggest and best to date.

“It may be some months away yet, but everyone involved in Work Discovery Week is working hard behind the scenes to ensure this year’s event offers even more choice and activities to help the city’s young people make career choices,” said Paul.

“Coming towards the end of school days can be a daunting time, particularly for anyone who has no idea what they would like to do as career, and this is why Work Discovery Week is important.

“It gives youngsters an unrivalled insight into the world of work, with access to a range of careers with leading regional firms which they may not have even been aware of.

“However, we couldn’t do it without the backing of our sponsors. Without their financial support as well as the commitment and time given by other North East businesses, this event would not be possible.”

During Work Discovery Week, youngsters get the chance to enjoy a selection of activities including a careers’ fair and workshops, as well as the chance to visit key businesses across the city.

Further information on this year’s event will be released over the coming months, but there are still a number of opportunities for other firms and organisations to get involved via sponsorship packages. Any businesses looking to get involved should contact Bernice Saltzer – – for further information.

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