Azur’s Own Grown pledge

A SEAFRONT restaurant is running work trials to help young people improve their employability skills as part of the Own Grown campaign.

Azur on the Marina Pavilion, in St Leonards, threw its support behind the initiative soon after it was launched earlier this year.

So far 19 trials have run at the restaurant, which is also used as a venue for local events.

Brett McLean, who is in charge of marketing at Azur, said: “People can come in and organise a trial where they work for a whole day in the kitchen or in the marketing department, basically doing what an employee or apprentice does.

“They get an idea of what working at Azur is like and receive a reference from us at the end.

“This can be used to get into further employment.”

Mr McLean is also chairman of the East Sussex Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

He added that the FSB in 1066 Country has regularly promoted Own Grown in recent months through business meetings and talks to students at Sussex Coast College.

He said: “Azur will be continuing to make pledges for young people throughout the duration of the Own Grown campaign, such as telephone interviews and help with CV writing.

“We are very supportive of Own Grown and I even talked about it to the Prime Minister when I met him this month. He was really impressed with it.”

Own Grown was launched in February and aims to get 1,066 pledges from companies to help young people in a multitude of ways over the next year.

The total number of Own Grown pledges so far is now 380.

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, 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.

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