As young people receiving their exam results this month prepare to face a very different employment landscape, a North East water company wants to help the ‘Class of 2020' position themselves for the job market of the future.
Northumbrian Water is reaching out to this year's school leavers, as well as college and university students across the country, and inviting them to take part in one of the biggest virtual festivals of innovation the world has ever seen.
Taking place from 14 - 17 September, the company's fourth annual Innovation Festival is offering young people a helping hand into the world of work, with a whole range of online resources to gain inspiration and practical know-how as they look to the future.
The festival, which brings a range of people together from different backgrounds and professions, will see scientists, engineers and industry experts from around the globe work across more than thirty different activities and workshops as they help to solve some of world's biggest problems and challenges.
As well as applying innovative thinking to their careers and finding out more about themselves, the young people will be able to join some of these online workshops and work alongside innovative minds to help bring their learning to life and share their contribution.
A number of students from the likes of the University of Sunderland and Northumbria University are already signed up to take part in various topical challenges, while students from Teesside University have also been putting their skills to use, helping to design some of the digital layout of this year's festival.
Sophie Carvin, Northumbrian Water's Academy Manager, said: "We know that getting exam results, leaving school or making the transition into work is always a tense time, and coronavirus has made it even tougher for this year's Class of 2020.
"We want to help support these young people who will make up the workforce of the future and our Innovation Festival is the ideal opportunity for us to reach out to them as they face a very different employment market following the pandemic.
"We'll have a range of different activities, resources and live sessions available to help young people think about their careers differently and prepare for future opportunities, and we're really looking forward to welcoming them online."
To find out more about the Innovation Festival and to sign up, see www.innovationfestival.org.
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Notes to Editors: Northumbrian Water Limited supplies 2.7 million customers in the North East with both water and sewerage services, trading as Northumbrian Water, and 1.8 million customers in the South East with water services, trading as Essex & Suffolk Water.
In 2019, Northumbrian Water Group was named the world's most ethical water company for the eighth time and were award 19th Best Place to Work in the Sunday Time Best Big Companies to Work For. Northumbrian Water was also named the number one place to work in the North East.
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