Youngsters helped into employment by scheme in Hailsham

Hailsham Works graduation event. Graduates with mayor Jo bentley and Clr Bill Bentley
Hailsham Works graduation event. Graduates with mayor Jo bentley and Clr Bill Bentley

A group of young people in Hailsham have been helped into employment by a pioneering scheme which aims to help youngsters find jobs.

Hailsham Works! is a project run for 16 to 24 year olds by charity Tomorrow’s People.

The project encourages young people to get involved in employment focused activities and community events during a 10-week course.

The students also took part in work placements and training days to help boost their CVs.

Mayor of Hailsham Councillor Jo Bentley joined councillors, project staff and Tomorrow’s People chief executive, Baroness Debbie Stedman-Scott, at the first official Hailsham Works! graduation ceremony after more than 70 per cent of students found jobs.

Framed certificates were presented to graduates by Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex Geoffrey Bush. Awards were given to seven graduates including two young people who recently completed work experience placements at Hailsham Town Council in its outdoor works and reception departments.

The Mayor announced the town council was ‘delighted’ with the work carried out by both young people and has employed one of the graduates as a part-time receptionist.

Cllr Bentley said: “Many congratulations to everyone who graduated on the first Hailsham Works scheme. I am impressed with their hard work and amazing achievements throughout their course and my fellow town councillors and I applaud project staff for their outstanding contribution to the local community and its young people.”

Amanda O’ Rawe, oversight councillor for Hailsham Works at the town council, said: “They [Hailsham Works!] must also be congratulated on the impressive fact that 72 per cent of their students from the first 10-week course are now engaged in employment or training after graduation. We are most fortunate to have the Tomorrow’s People charity operating from our town.”

Carolyn Fogg, community liaison coordinator, added: “It has been a pleasure helping the young people in our first group on their journey and we will continue to work closely with them over the coming weeks and months to ensure their continued success.”

To work with Tomorrow’s People call 07741 272013 or email cfogg@tomorrows-people.co.uk. To join the next group of 16-24 year olds call 01323 441194 or scox@tomorrows-people.co.uk