First came the exceptionally successful and award-winning BEACH, Brighton Employability Advice & Careers Hut, then the second employability project Take OFF ‘Our Future First’ was launched for Gatwick Diamond West Sussex. Soon after the launch of CoastalWestSussexJobs.com, I was invited by (Strategic Partner) Anne Feldberg at Northbrook College to present to the Careers Hub – a group of local careers and IAG professionals working in local schools. I presented BEACH and Take OFF and it was clear that there was an appetite for a similar website for Coastal West Sussex. A partnership between neighbouring Local Authorities of Adur & Worthing and Chichester District, was created with West Sussex County Council and the Coastal West Sussex Partnership.
CoastalWestSussexJobs.com recruited a project group of students from the local secondary schools and these students became the Pathway creative designers. They were given a business brief to design the concept and brand of an employability resource for young people. They also interviewed local employers about their expectations on skills and preparation for work.
Stage 1: Young People
The students were recruited from the following schools who were keen to be involved:
- Angmering School,
- Chatsmore Catholic High School,
- Durrington High School,
- Felpham Community College,
- Littlehampton Academy,
- Sir Robert Woodard Academy,
- Steyning Grammar School,
- to explore the concept and importance of employability skills;
- to discuss what employers look for in a potential employee;
- to debate some of the barriers to getting a job; and
- to prepare to meet and interview local employers from the Coastal West Sussex area.
Stage 2: The Employers
Looking at the key growth sectors in Coastal West Sussex, we invited employers representing these sectors to Northbrook College and University of Chichester (venues kindly offered free of charge) for an afternoon of networking and interviews with the students. The film production crews are students from Chichester College, Northbrook College and Worthing College. These films which were subsequently used to produce the film clips that can be found in ‘Meet some employers’.
Particular thanks to all our Partners and local employers present on the days of filming:
- Allied Healthcare
- Carpenter Box
- Chichester Chamber
- Chichester College
- David Lloyd Leisure
- Fish Factory – Proto Restaurants Group
- Focus Group
- L&S Printing
- Le Fish
- Northbrook College
- Shoreham Port
- West Sussex Growers Association
- Worthing & Adur Chamber
- Worthing BC Leisure Centre
- University of Chichester
After a networking lunch with the employers, the students used questions they had pre-prepared to interview the employers. They used their questions to prompt more in depth discussions around skills, experience, qualifications, youth unemployment, professional development and promotion opportunities for young employees.
Stage 3: The Creative
Throughout the project, the Pathway project team explored design, theme and branding ideas in order to form a brief for developers Makemedia. The students came up with the name and feel of the employability resource – which wonderfully represents Coastal West Sussex.
The following organisations have kindly supported the students to develop Pathway and in particular to shape its contents:
Thank you very much to everyone including the school staff who were involved in the development of Pathway ‘Steps to Success’ – true partnership working. A special mention to Curtis Godfrey, Student at Worthing College who has single handedly edited 14 of the videos you can see in Meet Some Employers. Good work, Curtis! And the students and Andy Davies at Chichester College who created the remaining 11 videos – thank you!
Georgina Angele – Senior Partnerships Manager, LoveLocalJobs.com