Gym offers placements to help train young people

A GYM is offering work experience placements for you people in support of the Own Grown campaign.

Summerfields Gymnastics Club in Haywood Way has so far run four placements this year.

Brenda Webber, who owns the gym, said: “These placements are usually a week long but we have no problem taking people on for longer, especially if they are interested. It usually involves working with the children at the gym, helping with general running and meeting customers.

“Any experience a company can give young people is good because most of them are not really street-wise when it comes to work, so in our placements we like to get them involved as much as possible.”

Mrs Webber has owned the gym for 23 years and her daughter Emma Ballancore is in charge of administration.

Own Grown was launched in February at Sussex Coast College and aims to get 1,066 pledges from companies to help young people in a multitude of ways over the next year. Businesses can help those under 18 and school leavers in several ways, such as talks at schools about working and developing a career, help with CV writing and interview techniques, and work experience, as well as support for a young person setting up a new business or self-employment.

Firms can pledge support at www.owngrown.org.uk, emailing owngrown@hastings.gov.uk or ringing 01424 451795.