A TRAILBLAZING Sunderland project, aimed at forging links with employers from across the region and young people in the city, is hoping to encourage more businesses to take part.

Work Discovery Sunderland is a unique programme, now in its sixth year of helping the young people of the city build closer relationships with the industries and businesses of Sunderland, the North East and beyond.

The programme – which includes specific sector days, guest speaker days, activities linked to National Apprenticeship Week and Work Discovery Week held every summer – aims to equip the workforce of the future with the information they need to make informed pathway and career choices.

Organisers are hosting a special business breakfast on Thursday, 8 February, at Let There Be Crumbs, The Roker Hotel, Sunderland, for businesses keen to find out more.

“This event is for those businesses that have not previously engaged in the Work Discovery Sunderland programme, but who think they may be interested in doing so,” said Paul McEldon, co-chair of Work Discovery Sunderland.

“It will give them the opportunity to find out more about the programme and to talk to some of our existing businesses about the value this has brought to them.”

Businesses can get involved in Work Discovery Sunderland in numerous ways, from sponsorship to providing workshops, business visits, talks in schools and delivering hands-on practical activities to students.

The business breakfast will take place from 8:30am to 10am and places must be pre-booked be emailing bernice@sortedpr.com by Wednesday 31 January.