Young people from schools across the region will get a taste of the future at Work Discovery Week.
More than 1,500 young people from 20 schools will take part in Sunderland’s first ever Work Discovery Week event.
Around 40 businesses from across the region have signed up to support the project, which runs from today until Friday.
Among supporters are Sunderland Association Football Club, the NECC and also Sunderland City Council.
Sponsors include Gentoo, Grundfos, Nissan, Sunderland University, Arriva, Sunderland College, and the National Apprentice Service, which supports, funds and co-ordinates the delivery of apprenticeships throughout England.
The project itself will involve industry visits, a bus trip with business leaders and question and answer session with a panel of experts.
The event, which is expected to attract more than 1,000 students, will launch at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light and will involve a careers fair, keynote speakers and workwear fashion show. Students will also take part in demonstrations covering everything from welding to a biology dexterity test.