Almost 70 youngsters from Heathfield have now landed plum jobs or training places thanks to a highly-praised scheme targeting out of work village teens.
On Saturday new graduates from ‘Heathfield Works’ received certificates from Sussex Lord Lieutenant Peter Field.
They were greeted by Olympic medallist and Cross in Hand resident Jayne Torvill and Baroness Stedman Scott, managing director of the scheme’s parent ‘Tomorrow’s People.
She said: “It’s not just about helping people; it’s to do with helping people to help themselves. Once they start there’s no stopping them!”
Cllr Rupert Simmons, Heathfield Partnership chairman and instigator of the town’s scheme, welcomed the county’s deputy High Sheriff, Alan Powell, principal of Heathfield Community College, Pat Clark, chairman of Heathfield Parish Council and Jo Bentley, chairman of Hailsham Town Council, where the scheme is due to be introduced.
Heathfield Works is a rural employment initiative which aims to get 16-19 year olds into education or work via a ten week programme - supported by local companies which provide work experience opportunities and host visits.
They are also mentored throughout the process and all have so far found jobs or College places.