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Talent Match Creative Cafés

Culture Shift is facilitating a number of Creative Cafés for the Talent Match programme in East Sussex. Two have taken place so far in Eastbourne (October 2015) and Hastings (December 2015).

Talent Match is a £108 million Big Lottery Fund investment in 21 Talent Match Projects in England aimed at helping long-term unemployed young people, aged 18-24, to gain employment across England. In East Sussex, the Talent Match team works primarily in the areas of Bexhill, Eastbourne and Hastings albeit it is also able to reach out to young people in rural areas. Young people receive support and mentoring as they start on their journey towards employment

The Creative Cafés are designed to give young people the opportunity to meet a range of employers in an informal environment. Businesses have ranged from large national businesses to small start-ups, including construction, banking, retail, hospitality, leisure, engineering and creative businesses. Each event is designed around a menu of activities that give young people the chance to talk to employers and get an insight into their line of work and what employers are looking for.

This forum also provides employers with an opportunity to sell their sector or businesses:

Young people confirmed that they now had a better understanding of what employers really look for in an applicant and were surprised, that team work, motivation and the right attitude were at times more important that skills or qualifications.

The contributing businesses were: HSBC, Lloyds, Harvesters, Towner, Dv8 Sussex, Sidley Children’s Centre, Hastings Borough Council Rangers, General Dynamics, AmicusHorizon, Westoaks Builders, Source BMX, Azur at Marina Pavilion.

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We thought it was excellent. Good to explore what’s out there and to see what each company has to offer. Most important is that people are friendly.

Being able to speak and explain to people what our company does and to expand on how many job roles there are available is really important.

General Dynamics

Getting us more known to young people and continuing to inspire young people in the construction industry will support recruitment going forward.

Westoaks Builders

A film of the event is available here.

Thanks to the Talent Match team and mentors at Tomorrow’s People, The Prince’s Trust and Sussex Community Development Association.

More information on Creative Cafés.

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