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Sunderland College’s specialist career day inspires young women to challenge gender stereotypes

Over 250 female students from five secondary schools were given an insight into careers in the digital, construction, engineering and sport sectors at Sunderland College, as part of a specialist event to inspire young women to consider a range of exciting career opportunities in male-dominated industries.

Throughout the day, the year 10 students from Castle View Enterprise Academy, Kepier, South Shields School, Washington Academy and Thornhill Academy had the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of plastering, bricklaying, electrical installation, carpentry and joinery, welding, pneumatics, football coaching, and cyber security.

Joanne McManus, Faculty Director for Engineering, Construction and Commercial at Sunderland College, said:

“This type of event is very important for the college as it promotes gender diversity and inspires girls to consider a future in a traditionally male-dominated career.  Women can excel and make a real difference in areas such as engineering and construction, which many of the students here today may not have even considered.

“We are committed to helping young people regardless of gender, to explore the vast career options available to them and make an informed decision about their future.”

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