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Creative Cafés, Hastings 2018/19

Creative Cafés are dynamic half day events where students meet a range of employers in an informal café-style setting. Structured around a series of tasks, with 6-10 young people per employer, students engage with all the employers through short 5-minute ‘speed dating’ conversations or tasks, before electing to join two employers to do a half hour practical challenge.

The Creative Café offers a flexible format that can address different employment sectors and be tailored to meet the needs of any cohort of students. It can be booked by one school or a number of schools and accommodate 20 or 100 students. All employers are well briefed and supported to take part in the events.

It’s been unique in my experience. These events have enabled pupils to really engage with the providers on a much more individual level.

Teacher, Hastings Academy

Thanks to funding from the Careers and Enterprise Company, distributed via the Hastings Opportunity Area, Culture Shift has been able to run 10 Creative Cafés in Hastings and St Leonard’s schools during the Autumn term of 2018 and the Spring term of 2019:

Thurs Oct 11: Saxon Mount School, All sectors, Y11
Thurs Oct 18: Sussex Coast, IT, Music Tech, Film, Y13
Thurs Nov 8: Helenswood, STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts and Maths), Y9
Thurs Nov 15: Helenswood, STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts and Maths), Y9
Tues Nov 20: Hastings Academy, STEM, Yr 9/10
Tues Jan 15: Hastings Academy, All sectors, Yr8
Tues Jan 22: Saxon Mount, All sectors, Y9/10
Tues Feb 12: Hastings Academy, Creative and Digital, Y9/10
Wed 27 February: St Leonards Academy, All Sectors, Y9
Wed 13 March: St Leonards Academy, All sectors, Y9

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