Backing the Beacon of Light scheme, Arriva, which employs 60,000 people across Europe, will help more people gain the skills and qualifications needed to improve their employment opportunities.
Arriva’s chief financial officer Martin Hibbert said: “We are really excited and enthused by the concept of the Beacon of Light.
"We feel that, as a company 'born' in Sunderland, this is the perfect permanent legacy for Arriva to give something more back to the area.
“Arriva is passionate about developing skills in the local economy and making the North East a better place in which to live and work.
“The Beacon is a platform to provide more opportunities for people to learn those skills and find fresh employment opportunities.”
The World of Work at the Beacon has been designed to empower and inspire people by exploring a range of work opportunities as well as enable them to acquire valuable new skills and qualifications.
Foundation of Light chief executive Lesley Spuhler OBE added: “The Beacon of Light exemplifies the Foundation’s ground-breaking approach to changing lives and Arriva’s backing for the development of the World of Work is immensely important to the project.”