Work experience day aims to give Sunderland youngsters an insight into construction

Work Discovery Sunderland (Demo)

GENTOO will be showing off its maintenance depot to young people considering a career in construction next week.

The housing provider is hosting its guests on a tour of its facilities as part of Work Discovery Sunderland, an annual work experience event that is said to have become a ‘national blueprint’ on how to engage young people on skills and improving their employability.

Each year more than 1000 young people take part in a range of challenges, activities, workshops, inspirational lectures and exciting demonstrations held across the city.

Energy and regeneration company, ENGIE is working with Gentoo, Sunderland College, Siglion, and Sunderland Council to give youngsters a taste of the construction industry.

This year’s Construction Sector Day will be held on 5 March, with over 90 children from schools across Sunderland expected to take part.

The day will include a variety of visits and tours, including the stop off at a Gentoo maintenance depot, giving the children an insight into how routine maintenance of around 29,000 properties in the city is managed.

There will also be an opportunity to find out about ENGIE careers and apprenticeships and participate in a plastering and joinery workshop, plus a walk and talk tour of two Siglion construction sites.

“This is the second year we’ve been involved with this initiative and for me it’s now a real highlight of the year,” said Amy Porter, ENGIE’s CSR Manager.

“Work Discovery Sunderland is a fantastic opportunity for young people to better understand the world of work and get practical insight into the different trades and roles of the construction, property and built industry.

“As a business, ENGIE is focused on working with partners to improve the environment we live in. From providing the people, services and products that effect positive change in a community, to building, heating and powering the spaces that they can thrive in.

“We also want to impact and support the communities we work in and the people we work with, so are always looking to help people take their first steps into the regeneration and construction world.”


Main Image: Young people taking part in working experience with ENGIE as part of Construction Sector Day 2018

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