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Careers & skills Engagement


students + industry + creative Challenge = Career insight

We facilitate bespoke online and in person careers events, offering opportunity for employer engagement, careers education for children, young people and adult learners in schools, colleges and SEN settings across Sussex. Our aim is always to empower all our participants by giving them the opportunity to ask questions and gain insight through our interactive formats and resources. Here is an outline of what we offer: 

Creative Cafe

Creative Cafes form the heart of our flagship careers and skills programme. They are lively, interactive events using real life scenarios to showcase professionals and inspire students as they consider their own choices and career journeys. Events can be designed and delivered online or face to face. 

Building employability skills, confidence and knowledge about the available routes into different industries and professions, by connecting young people to local industry experts and practitioners whom generously give their time to support our work and inspire this next generation. Please visit our Creative Cafe page for more info. 

MICRo Cafes 

These resources are designed to offer affordable career engagement opportunities to primary and secondary schools and colleges. A spin off from our Creative Cafe model, they assist in developing skills and increase understanding of the practical application of learned skills within key areas of literacy, numeracy and creativity. 

We ran a very successful pilot for primary careers education, which aimed to deliver innovative sessions both face to face and online within targeted primary schools to:

  • widen aspiration and increase confidence

  • challenge stereotypes

  • increase awareness of different types of jobs across a sector and/or using different skills

For more information, and to read the evaluation report, please visit our Micro Careers Cafe page here

Career Insight Conversations

Online careers films and resources created to bridge the gaps in Careers education during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first season of films were commissioned by Hastings and Rother Arts Education Network, HRAEN, showcasing local professionals working in the Creative Sector. There are now a further seventeen Career Insight Conversations available with a spectrum of professionals working across Health & Social Care, Engineering, Digital and Technology. These films and accompanying resource packs are available to download and use for free, please visit our Career Insight Conversations page here.

Word Café Soundbites

Commissioned by Read Your Way Get & Hastings Reading, the SoundBites series is a season of short films that accompanied our Word Cafes. The films were made at the start of the pandemic in 2020, aiming to encourage literacy skills and confidence in young people by working alongside a professional to create something over a 5 week period. They include lots of inspiration and tips for creating characters and building compelling stories with Songwriting, Animation and Illustration, Graphic Novels and Scriptwriting for stage and screen.

Each film has a set of accompanying tasks and classroom resources, you can find more info and the films on the Word Cafe SOUNDBITES page

YOUR TOWN Transformations

Our work with the Royal Academy of Engineers has given us the opportunity to provide Virtual work experience opportunities and extended community engagement between schools, young people and city planners, working with engineers on real projects within their communities. Read more on our Your Town Page.

Top Tips for Nailing that Online Interview and being your best self online, have a peek at this!

To find out more, access any of our resources for your students or your own career development, or to volunteer as a champion of your world, to inspire and motivate others, please get in touch.

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With support from

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