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HUNDREDS of young people have been helped to gain a greater understanding of the world of work thanks to a scheme running across East Sussex.—East Sussex County Council, 9 February 2018

Open Doors scheme sees 300 students visit variety of workplaces

The latest phase of Open Doors, which allows students from county schools to visit a variety of workplaces, saw 300 students from 18 schools make visits to 24 companies.

Businesses visited included museums, manufacturing firms, two vineyards, a hotel, offshore wind farm company and nuclear power plant.

The scheme is run by East Sussex County Council, supported by Skills East Sussex, the county’s strategic body for employment and skills.

Since it launched in 2016, it has accommodated 75 visits by 452 young people to 35 different companies.

Cllr Rupert Simmons, county council lead member for economy, said: “The latest phase of Open Doors has once again provided a valuable opportunity for our young people to experience the world of work at first hand.

“The more knowledge and experience of business they have, the better chance young people have to be successful in their future educational and professional careers.

“All the feedback we’ve received suggests the visits to businesses proved extremely rewarding, not just for the students but for the businesses too.”

Sue Vincent, HR manager at Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, in Newhaven, said: “The team members found it very rewarding to share their experiences with the students and hoped they were able to inspire the young visitors.”

Ellie Coffey, senior administrator at Horlock Holdcroft Financial Consultants, in Uckfield, said: “We were really pleased to take part in Open Doors for the second year running. We are delighted to help local schools and we see great value in educating students about lives beyond the school gates.

“Financial planning is an important part of everyone’s lives, often overlooked by the younger generation, and we want to change that.”

Richard James, Operations Manager at the Rathfinny Wine Estate, in Alfriston, said: “For us, Open Doors is a great initiative which allows school groups access to view and discuss our vast array of different jobs on the estate in an efficient manner.

“Open Doors is for a manageable school group and creates wonderful question and answer sessions between peers and our staff. Open Doors opens eyes to career choices, different study options and career changes and development.”

Schools taking part in Open Doors were:

ARK William Parker Academy, Hastings
Bexhill Academy
Chailey School
Claverham Community College, Battle
Hastings Academy
Heathfield Community College
King’s Academy, Ringmer
Peacehaven Community School
Priory School, Lewes
Ratton School, Eastbourne
Robertsbridge Community College
Saxon Mount School, St. Leonards
Seaford Head School
St Catherine’s College, Eastbourne
St Leonards Academy
Sussex Downs College, Lewes
Uckfield College
Uplands Community College, Wadhurst

Businesses taking part were:

Ashdown Audio Visual, Uckfield
BarkWeb, Eastbourne
Charleston, Firle
Cohub, Eastbourne
De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft
Drallim Industries, St Leonards
East Sussex County Council, Lewes
EDF Dungeness Plant
GM Monk, Eastbourne
General Dynamics, St Leonards
The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne
Hastings Borough Council, Hastings
Horlock Holdcroft, Uckfield
Let’s Do Business, St Leonards
Metaltech, Hailsham
Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, Newhaven
Rathfinny Wine Estate, Alfriston
Ridgeview Wine Estate, Ditchling
RSPCA, Fairlight
St Wilfrid’s, Eastbourne
The Keep, Falmer
TR Fastenings, Uckfield
Veolia, Newhaven

Picture caption
- Children from King’s Academy, Ringmer with Cllr Rupert Simmons at the headquarters of Rampion Wind Farm, in Newhaven