Local employers pledge to help young people prepare for world of work

Figures from the worlds of business, politics and education met in Hastings today to discuss how they can help prepare young people in Hastings for the world of work.

Employers from the area met at the event hosted by the Jerwood Gallery and run by The Careers & Enterprise Company, Skills East Sussex and East Sussex County Council.

The employers are all ‘Cornerstone Employers’, meaning they have signed up to work with schools and colleges in the area to provide young people with encounters with the world of work, and support other businesses to do the same.

The event – the first time the Hastings Cornerstone Employers have come together to discuss collective action - brought the employers together to galvanise their commitment, and they pledged to redouble their effort to support Hastings pupils.

The employers represented a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, the digital and creative industry, financial services and the public sector.

Also in attendance were Hastings MP Amber Rudd, Careers & Enterprise Company Chair Christine Hodgson and Richard Meddings, who is both Chair of TSB and Chair of the Hasting Opportunity Area Board.

Employers also heard from Saxon Mount School about how working with employers and being part Hastings Opportunity Area is helping them to improve the life chances of pupils with a range of Special Educational Needs.

Christine Hodgson, Chair of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said:

“In the fast changing world of work, it’s more important than ever that we provide an outstanding careers education to young people. Employers need to be at the heart of that. The Hastings employers here today have been brilliant at supporting schools and colleges and helping young people, and we’re delighted they have today pledge to do even more.”

Amber Rudd MP said:

“It was a pleasure to meet with a number of local employers to discuss the work local businesses can do with young people to ensure that they are able to encounter the world of work throughout their time in school. I am delighted that the Opportunity Area Board is working closely with our local Council and the Careers & Enterprise Company to ensure that the funding we have received from the Department for Education is used efficiently to ensure that our children receive the best education possible. I have met with many of the Cornerstone Employers over the years and I am pleased that they are working so closely with the Opportunity Area Board to ensure that our young people have excellent opportunities to go as far as their talents will take them.”

It was recently announced that projects helping young people prepare for the world of work in the Hastings area had received a £70,000 boost as part of The Carers and Enterprise Company Opportunity Area Fund.



Notes to the editors:

  • This press release was written by the Careers and Enterprise Company.
  • The Careers & Enterprise Company was set up by government in 2015 to inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work. We help to connect employers and schools in the fragmented landscape of careers and enterprise, supporting programmes that work, filling gaps in provision and ensuring coverage across the country.
  • The Company’s 2000+ Enterprise Adviser Network of business volunteers currently works in over half of the country’s secondary schools and colleges, supported by more than 100 trained Enterprise Coordinators who are co-funded with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).
  • The Cornerstone Employees at the meeting included:
    • Marshall Tufflex
    • Talkativeonline
    • Hastings Direct
    • Jerwood Gallery
    • ASTEC Computing
    • Hastings Borough Council
    • East Sussex County Council
    • Let’s DO Business Group
    • Love Local Jobs.