STUDENTS from 1066 Country learned about the different roles and job opportunities within one of the area’s largest employers at an event on Monday (December 2).
The year 10 pupils from William Parker Academy, The St Leonards Academy, Helenswood Academy and Rye College spoke with staff from Bexhill firm Hastings Direct and took part in problem solving sessions.
The event was part of the current Own Grown campaign to get 1,066 pledges from firms across 1066 Country to help young people into work through work placements, CV writing and other support. The year-long initiative was launched in February and more than 1,020 pledges have been made so far.
Monday’s event was facilitated by Carole Dixon, of the Education Futures Trust and Culture Shift, a social enterprise.
Jay Wootten, community liaison at Hastings Direct, said: “We were delighted to be asked to play a part in running the first Creative Cafe in Hastings and Rother. The students were superb and seem to have learned a lot about what is involved in making a company function and be successful.”
Hastings Direct is the largest employer in the area and currently employs 1,600 people including many under 25.
Catherine Orbach, from Culture Shift, said: “The model has been developed as a Creative Café, so that the event provides an informal environment for young people to find out about different roles and for the professionals to share their specific expertise through a creative challenge.” To make a pledge visit www.owngrown.org.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01424 451795.