BUSINESSES in 1066 Country have reached 50 per cent of their target in pledges to help young people to get jobs.
The Own Grown campaign was launched in February and aims to get 1,066 pledges by next February.
This week Jackson’s Fish Wholesaler, based on the Ivyhouse Lane Industrial Estate in St Leonards, gave the 533rd pledge by taking on Mikey Johnstone for four weeks’ work experience.
Mikey said: “It’s great for me. Hopefully I will go on to a job in a restaurant with some real experience behind me.”
Jack Buckley, director of Jackson’s, said: “It’s been great having Mikey around. We taught him practical skills, and we’ll definitely give him a good reference.”
Employers have agreed to work in schools, offering students practical careers and job application advice, work tasters, or mentoring. They have also pledged to offer work experience, apprenticeships and guaranteed interviews to unemployed young people and college students.
Ian Noble, from Business in the Community, said: “Employers are finding so much hidden talent out there – some have gone on to offer a job to a young person they’ve taken on for work experience. Now we need another 533 employers to come on board, to help themselves, a young person, and the local economy across Hastings and Rother.”
Cllr Jeremy Birch, council leader, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that this challenging target is on track to be met, and I’m proud that Hastings Borough Council can play a key role.” Businesses should visit website www.owngrown.org.uk for more information on how employers can get involved.