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Sunderland teachers and female students given insight into STEM careers

Published: Thursday, 30 June 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

As part of the Work Discovery Week programme Sunderland teachers and female students will be given unique insight into careers in engineering and construction industries.

FVB Joint Venture, who have been appointed by Sunderland City Council to build a new cable-stayed bridge over the River Wear, has joined forces with the Work Discovery Week organisers.

In two separate visits, female students and teachers will be given insight into potential job opportunities in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sectors.

Special visit

On 29 June 2016, teachers of STEM-related subjects will visit the bridge site, meet those working in all areas across the development, and receive information about forging a career within the construction sector.

The unique and innovative initiative gives teachers unique access to the industry and allows them to meet a diverse number of professionals and trades, as well as to learn more about ever-changing methodologies.

The bridge build is the biggest construction project underway within the North East, according to Brigid McGuigan, Community Engagement Manager for Farrans Construction.

Mr McGuigan insists the opportunity to understand a wide range of technologies and complexities is invaluable to both students and teachers.

The centrepiece of the bridge will be a 105m A-framed pylon that will be double the height of Nelson’s Column.

Work Discovery Week

Visiting the bridge comes ahead of Work Discovery Week 2016, which is set to launch on 11 July 2016 at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland. It will allows students to follow a carousel of activates including practical demonstrations, interview techniques, careers fairs and employability workshops.

The week-long event, which is part of the wider Work Discovery Sunderland programme, is set to attract an estimated 1000 young people from 19 schools and will demonstrate the potential career paths that having a STEM background can provide.

A range of businesses across the region including, including the University of Sunderland, Nissan, Sunderland City Council, SAFC, Make It Sunderland, Accenture, Sunderland College and the NECC are sponsoring Work Discovery Week 2016.

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