Businesses in East Sussex are being urged to throw open their doors as part of a scheme to give young people an insight into the world of work.
The Open Doors scheme is designed to raise awareness of the range of careers available in the county by giving young people a behind the scenes look at how they operate.
The initiative is run by East Sussex County Council with the support of Skills East Sussex, the county’s strategic body for employment and skills.
Councillor Rupert Simmons, the council’s lead member for economy, said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to promote careers in their sector and help boost the career prospects of young people across East Sussex.
“Evidence shows that the more contact young people have with employers while they are still at school, the more likely they are to be in employment, education or training as adults.
“Open Doors gives young people the chance to experience for themselves the world of work so they know what will be expected of them as an employee and are better prepared to make the transition from education to employment.”
A BMX specialist, wine estate and high-tech vacuum components firm were among 18 businesses which were visited by secondary school children last year, and it is hoped more will sign up for this year’s event which runs from Monday 6 November to Thursday 30 November.
The sessions, which must be booked in advance, are aimed at small groups of secondary school-age children, who are accompanied by a teacher.
Visits can include talks, tours and demonstrations and businesses taking part will be awarded the East Sussex ‘Industry Champion’ kitemark.
Cllr Simmons added, “Nearly 40 businesses signed up to last year’s event, which proved a great success and gave 150 young people the chance to find out more about the industries thriving in East Sussex.
“I would urge as many businesses as possible to get involved in a project which can have a real impact on helping young people find their way in the world of work.”
Businesses are asked to register their interest in taking part in the Open Doors scheme by emailing email@example.com