Conference being held to help young people for work

A CONFERENCE designed to help tackle local unemployment and work related issues in the town is being held later this month.

The event, hosted by Hastings Borough Council, will be held on Tuesday, September 25 and will bring together businesses, schools and colleges in 1066 Country.

It is hoped the Employability Conference will enable schools to understand how they can help their students develop the essential qualities sought by employers and firms will discover what those qualities are and how they can help schools.

Hastings Borough Council has set up an employability forum comprising employers, education and training bodies, employment support agencies, housing associations and local authorities to bring together the different initiatives already going on and to consider what more needs to be done to make young people in 1066 Country ready for work.

Cllr Jeremy Birch, the council’s leader, who will chair the conference, said: “This conference will be a unique opportunity to bring together schools, colleges and businesses to hear from some inspirational speakers and explore practical initiatives that could really make a difference to the employment prospects of our young people locally.

“Hastings Borough Council is committed to the regeneration of our town - encouraging local employers to grow and others to relocate move to the town and employ local people.

“But we have to make sure Hastings people, especially young people, have the right skills, the right temperament and the right approach to take up those jobs.

“That’s what we will be discussing at this important event.”

Speakers at the event will include Andy Palmer, director of education and skills at BT, co-sponsor of The Hastings and St Leonards Academies, Clive Cooke, principal of Sussex Coast College, Theresa Phillips, principal, of The Hastings Academy, and Lucy Monk, headteacher of Helenswood School.

The conference will take place at the Montgomerie Suite, Bannatynes Hotel, The Ridge, St Leonards, from 4pm to 7pm.

Anyone who wants to register their attendance should contact Hannah Brookshaw on 01424 451337 by Friday (September 14).

Alternatively, email her at or

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