Students from Helenswood, ARK William Parker and The Hastings Academy were given an insight into manufacturing careers last Wednesday.
The Creative Café offered a unique environment for young people to meet and interact with potential future employers, including Bausch + Lomb, Collins & Hayes, Jaytec Glass, Photek, Stevens Rowsell and Tenn-outdoors.
Staff from local businesses devised activities to give young people an insight into their working lives. Students found themselves making contact lenses, designing cycle wear and furniture, costing laboratory equipment, designing hi-tec image intensifiers to support night vision and missile detection, and working out an instruction manual on how to assemble a spider made of sheet metal.
The event was organised by Culture Shift and Own Grown, and funded by Hastings Borough Council.
The next Creative Café focusing on the food, hospitality and leisure sector is planned for October. If your business would like to get involved, contact Own Grown on 01424 451795.