Pledges now top 260

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MORE than 260 pledges have now been made by businesses and employers for the Own Grown initiative.

The campaign 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 a variety of ways, such as talks at schools about working and developing a career, offering help with CV writing and interview techniques, workplace visits and work experience, as well as mentoring a student through regular meetings or support for a young person setting up a new business or self-employment. Businesses can pledge support via www.owngrown.org.uk, emailing owngrown@hastings.gov.uk or ringing 01424 451795.