Work Discovery week launches with robots, dancers and bridge building

SUNDERLAND’S innovative programme which helps improve the employability of the city’s young people gets underway next week (11 July) for the fourth time.

Work Discovery Week will see more than 1000 pupils from across 19 schools taking part in a whole host of activities, involving many of the region’s major businesses.

The event opens at the Stadium of Light, with a packed programme of activities which includes:-

• Students helping to construct a 13m bridge which they will then walk across to teach them about civil engineering.
• Competition to fit wheels and a steering wheel to a car.
• Coding with Lego robots.
• Helping to create a computer game.
• Performances by Titan the Robot and Make My Day Events who will carry out a dance routine to showcase various careers.

Young people will also be given the opportunity to visit a careers fair and take part in a range of business led workshops which will help them improve their CV writing and interview skills.

The opening ceremony will include the dance performance and a fashion show where the pupils will vote on clothes and their suitability to wear for work.

This will begin at 09:30

Media are invited to visit the careers fair and may also want to see the performance by Titan the Robot which will take place in front of the stadium at
11:15 am

Key representatives from sponsors will be available to be interviewed on the first day, which is being sponsored by Unipres.

Headline sponsors this year include Accenture, Nissan, the University of Sunderland, Sunderland College and Make It Sunderland, with Unipres, the Bridges, Gentoo, North East LEP, Arriva, Calsonic Kansei, Leibherr UK and Northern Print Solutions also sponsoring the event.

Work Discovery Week is also supported by Sunderland City Council, NECC and SAFC.


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