THE countdown has begun to an annual event aimed at helping Sunderland students get the inside track on the region’s leading businesses.

And, with one month to go until the start of Work Discovery Week, organisers are urging businesses who want to showcase their companies to sign up for the opening day Careers Fair.

Now in its fifth year, Work Discovery Week is part of the successful Work Discovery Sunderland programme which helps students develop skills and gain insight into various industries before choosing their career path.

Held from 26-30 June, it will bring together around 1000 youngsters from schools across Sunderland for five days of activities and visits to key employers, starting with a careers fair featuring trade stands, workshops, challenges and hands-on activities at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

The Careers Fair will be visited by all the young people who attend the opening day, offering companies the opportunity to highlight their sector and the career prospects within their particular industry.

Paul McEldon, co-chair of Work Discovery Sunderland, said the fair was a great way for organisations to engage with young people.

“Every year the Careers Fair has been over-subscribed, 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,” he said.

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

Stands at the Careers Fair are £200 plus VAT and anyone interested should email bernice@sortedpr.com

Work Discovery Week is supported by SAFC, NEEC and Sunderland City Council and is being sponsored by a range of leading businesses.

These include Sunderland College, the University of Sunderland and MAKE It Sunderland, as well as Nissan, Calsonic Kansei, Accenture, Liebherr, Gentoo, the Bridges, North East LEP, Northern Print Solutions and Sunderland Business Improvement District.

Businesses looking to be involved should contact Stephanie Rose stephanie.rose@sunderland.gov.uk for more information.