SUNDERLAND pupils will be able to find out about careers in hospitality at a special event this month.

On Monday 10 June, Work Discovery Sunderland is giving secondary school students the chance to find out more about career options in the hotel and leisure industry with a day of sessions and workshops.

The sessions are being held at the Hilton Garden Inn and Roker Hotels and at Sunderland College’s City Campus Bistro.

And, along with tours and talks from senior staff at each venue, the pupils will be given the opportunity to try their hands at a trio of practical activities; housekeeping at Hilton Garden Inn, table setting and event set up at Roker Hotel and pizza making at Sunderland College.

The Hospitality Day is one of a host of events taking place as part of the Work Discovery Sunderland programme, which includes guest speaker days and the annual Work Discovery Week event, which this year will run from 24 – 28 June.

John Green, retail liaison manager at the Bridges and co-chair of Work Discovery Sunderland – now in its seventh year – said sector days such as this can play a vital part in shaping pupils’ career plans.

“They give young people the chance to find out about the wide variety of roles and occupations that exist within sectors such as catering, leisure and the hotel trade and really open their eyes to the options available to them,” he said.

The Work Discovery Sunderland programme helps students develop skills and gain insight into various industries before choosing their career path and since its launch has involved more than 6000 young people.

The year culminates in Work Discovery Week, which is supported by a range of organisations including Sunderland City Council, SAFC, the University of Sunderland, Sunderland College, the Bridges and many others.

Places are still available for Monday’s event and schools wishing to take part should contact Nicola Appleby, Sunderland City Council, at Nicola.appleby@sunderland.gov.uk for information.