Northumbrian Water’s Innovation Festival 2021 is offering a unique opportunity for young people to partake in a variety of different sessions aimed at preparing them for the world of work.

The Class of ‘21 will see over 100 16-25 year-olds take part in a virtual assessment centre – which is set to help them understand how to be successful when applying for jobs, assessing skills that are core to many career areas.


Each member of the class will be assessed and will receive an individual feedback report, helping to shape their approach  for job interviews for those heading into a variety of different STEM careers and beyond.


Elouise Leonard-Cross, who is leading the initiative on behalf of Northumbrian Water, said: “This is an absolutely fantastic opportunity for young adults to get some great experience ready to take the next step into the world of work.


“This will give our Class of 21 a taster of what’s to come, and will also help them to discover their own strengths and skill sets at what can sometimes be a really difficult time – but here, we are giving people genuinely helpful advice and raising awareness of things they may have never thought of before.



“I love this element of the Innovation Festival because, as well as trying to make the world a better place in our sprints, we are also using it to help support these young people, who will make up the workforce of the future.


“It’s an opportunity that doesn’t come around very often, so I would encourage anyone who is interested to get signed up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!”


The Class of 2021 programme is open to anyone aged 16-25, who has completed an educational programme (e.g. compulsory education, apprenticeship, HND) in the last 18 months but does not hold a degree or is not currently attending university.


Click here to apply to be a part of the Class of 21. Applications close on October 8th.


The Innovation Festival is taking place on October 18-21, and registration is now open. Click here to register.