New programme to help Bexhill students

Bexhill High Academy students will be the first to take part in the Be the Change programme
Bexhill High Academy students will be the first to take part in the Be the Change programme

Students in Bexhill will soon be benefitting from a new programme designed to improve their job prospects and give them valuable life skils.

The Be the Change project focuses on raising the aspirations of year nine pupils at Bexhill High Academy over the next three years.

The programme is delivered by Hastings Direct in partnership with LoveLocalJobs.com and social enterprise Human Utopia.

Head of pastoral care for the academy Trudy Hillman said: “This is a great opportunity for Bexhill’s young people.

“The three year programme will give our students the opportunity to learn and put into practise skills that benefit them into further education and employment.

“Academy staff will be working alongside staff from Human Utopia and Hastings Direct to support Bexhill Academy’s work in raising student aspirations and preparing them as tomorrow’s leaders within the work place.

“We would like to thank Hastings Direct, LoveLocalJobs.com and Human Utopia for their work with Bexhill Academy and their commitment to our students through the Be The Change Programme.”

Be the Change will be officially launched at Azur St Leonards on Tuesday, November 24.

Students will learn more about the programme, listen to key speakers from Human Utopia and Hastings Direct and have a chance to meet their business mentors.

Hastings Direct HR director Amanda Menahem said: “We are proud to be at the forefront of something so transformational for students in our community.

“We do a lot of work already with our local schools and colleges to help improve employability prospects and indeed a number of local students have gone on to become colleagues.

“Be the Change offers us the opportunity to help younger people in our community and with our colleagues’ involvement; we hope that we can make a real difference.”

Be the Change is the first programme of its kind in the UK and aims to help 13 to 14-year-olds to remove barriers that make them disengaged at school and in life and provide them with skills to help shape their future.

Students will meet with business volunteers five times through the school year and culminates in a celebration event with certificates and work experience opportunities.

LoveLocalJobs.com chief executive Gary Peters said: “The Be the Change programme focuses on working with young people on what they are able to do, rather than what they cannot do.

“During the programme the students will learn valuable skills working with business volunteers to help them prepare for their final years at school and most importantly, for their future.

“Hastings Direct participating in this ground-breaking initiative has led to local government organisations and other large businesses and educational institutes working to get involved in further Be the Change programmes in Sussex and beyond which is fantastic.”

For more information on the programme visit: www.about.lovelocaljobs.com/portfolio-item/be-the-change.

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