An enormous careers fair – featuring stalls from top companies, workshops, demonstrations and hands-on activities – is due to be held at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

The careers fair will be attended by around 1,000 Wearside youngsters, who will have the chance to learn about different sectors of the job market and the career prospects within them. 

The day will end with a Dragon’s-Den-type session, in which students from Sunderland schools will pitch business ideas to a panel of experts. 

The careers fair will be held on the first day of Work Discovery Week – a series of events that will help students from various Wearside schools gain skills and will involve visits to key local employers.

Held between June 26th and June 30th, Work Discovery Week is supported by Sunderland City Council and sponsored by a number of local businesses and organisations, including Nissan, Liebherr, Accenture, Northern Print Solutions, Sunderland College and the University of Sunderland.

It will be the fifth time Work Discovery Week has been held in Sunderland.

Last years’ event saw students constructing a model bridge in an activity with Farrans, a company involved in building the New Wear Crossing. The event also featured a ‘what to wear for work’ fashion show and a special dance performance. 

Paul McEldon, the co-chair of Work Discovery Week, said the careers fair was a good way for businesses to introduce themselves to the talent of tomorrow.

Mr McEldon said, “Every year, the careers fair has been oversubscribed, with a fantastic range of companies involved so that the young people really get the chance to get first-hand information on a range of possible careers.” 

“We are urging anyone who wants to take a stand to ensure they do so very quickly, to ensure they don’t miss out.”

The stands are available for £200 plus VAT. Any businesses interested in taking one should contact

Businesses can also email Stephanie Rose at Sunderland City Council at 

Another successful careers fair, The Job Show North East, was held at the Stadium of Light last week.

(Featured image courtesy of Bromford, from Flickr Creative Commons)

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