Inspiring Talent – Hastings June 2017

ESN organised an Inspiring Talent event in Hastings in June 2017.  This event brings young people and employers together in a less formal environment.  During the event young people can find out more about the local employers and the kind of job roles they offer.

Inspiring Talent provides an opportunity for young people from Hastings and Bexhill to have direct contact and engagement with businesses from a variety of sectors, undertake practical challenges and learn about the skills needed for jobs in the local area.


Businesses come to the event to showcase working for them and the skills they are looking for in their employees.  The Employers that took part in this event were Marshall Tufflex, one of the largest manufacturing employers in Hastings; HOME (Helen Owen Marketing), a marketing company designing marketing campaigns for business all over Sussex; Freedom Leisure, one of the biggest employers in the leisure industry in Sussex and Orbit Housing Association.

Each Employer came with offers of work experience or employer visit and some came with current vacancies they were looking to fill.

The Employers had small groups of young people and spent time with each group doing an activity.  The Marshall Tufflex team built towers out of paper.  HOME did a personality questionnaire.

The quotes from some of the young people who attended when asked these questions:

Connecting with new people – especially HOME
Signing up for Talent Match – Meeting new people
Best thing talking to employers about their job roles
Different People
Best thing finding out about opportunities
Listening about the different kinds of jobs
Meeting People
Being offered up a variety of new options and career paths from different sectors and employers
Finding Interesting information
Meeting People, Opportunities, Knowledge
Meeting Employers, less formality
Meeting different employers and talking to them about what they have to offer
Everyone was very friendly

What was the best thing about Inspiring Talent Event

Learning what to do in a Job Role
Insight into Opportunities
Different kinds of job opportunities
It’s not all about GCSE’s
Details of opportunities for training and development in the local area
Interesting Information
Meeting People, Advice, opportunities
Information on employment opportunities
What opportunities they have on offer and what they are looking for
Freedom Leisure very positive
There’s a lot more open opportunities than it seems

Name one thing you got from being at the event today

Quotes from employers who attended the event when asked these questions:

Improving links between Marshal Tufflex and local people

Learning more of what the public need / interests

It’s encouraging to see opportunities for young people and employers taking time out to help

Seeing everybody getting involved, Good Atmosphere, everything was thoroughly explained

What was valuable for you in attending today’s event?

Seeing people work as a team in the practical task
Teaching young people
Getting to talk to the people
Meeting people, hearing their stories meeting their needs, inspiring them
It aids confidence and self-esteem for the young people and shows that employers are not scary
The mixture of business opportunity
Good mix of employers and it was well organised and good direction
Great meeting point for the young people I support, with possible jobs to apply for
The variety of companies, The vocal/practical mix of the day, The Cake! & Catering

What was the best thing about today’s Inspiring Talent?

Some of the great local employers offering Work Experience

Skills & Development Opportunities

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