Further investment in Creative Cafés extends programme across East Sussex

15 January 2019

The Careers & Enterprise Company has announced funding for a further 20 Creative Cafés to be delivered in schools and colleges across East Sussex over the next 2 years.

These Creative Cafés will provide young people across East Sussex with a chance to connect with employers and learn about the world of work, and are designed to improve social mobility.

The Creative Café programme, developed by Culture Shift, provides a high energy, informal setting in which young people can connect with employers, gain insights into their world of work and develop the confidence, skills and motivation. All of this is critical in helping them make decisions about their future lives.  Creative Cafés are unusual in that they offer young people a chance to find out what local employers do through actually doing stuff together.  For many young people this access to people and their working lives is hard to come by.

Culture Shift set up the Creative Café programme in 2012, initially to connect young people with those working in the creative sector. However, the model has proved so effective the events now work with employers across all sectors. 

It’s been unique in my experience. We have had days when a wide range of external providers have been in, but these invariably water down what it is they (as a company do) as the ratio of staff to pupils is very high. These events have been 1:10, and have enabled pupils to really engage with the providers on a much more individual level.

Teacher, Hastings Academy

If you would like to book a Creative Café for your school or college, please get in touch.

We are always looking for contributors for Creative Café events. Café contributors value the opportunity to interact with young people in a creative and supported environment. Taking part in a Creative Café is an excellent CPD opportunity and a chance for your company to demonstrate corporate social responsibility.

If you are able to volunteer half a day of your time to inspire the next generation in your industry, please contact Catherine Orbach on or call 07796 306995.

Find out what volunteers get out of taking part in a Creative Café.