Skills East Sussex (SES)

The Careers Hub

The East Sussex Careers Hub’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people for the world of work. The Hub works with all 40 secondary schools, special schools and further education (FE) colleges across the county, and are supported by a network of employers who volunteer as Enterprise Advisers and Industry Champions to provide young people with career insights. With the support of the Careers Hub, schools and colleges are working towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks, which measures excellence in careers provision. Read more information about the national Careers Hubs programme.

East Sussex Careers Hub is co-funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company and East Sussex County Council. Careers Hubs are key to the Government’s aims to improve careers education, as set out in the careers statutory guidance 2021 - GOV.UK.

The Enterprise Adviser Network

Enterprise Advisers are volunteers from a range of industry sectors who work with a single school or college in their local area to support them with their careers education and employer engagement strategy. They help bridge the gap between the world of work and education, by working with the Careers Leader and senior leaders in the school or college. They offer advice to the school or college on the skills needed in the workplace and how these can be taught in the careers programme.

Enterprise Advisers are supported to undertake their role by the Careers Hub team, as well as given training and networking opportunities.

For further details about the role, see become an Enterprise Adviser or contact the Careers Hub by emailing the Enterprise Coordinator.

For case studies and videos about how Enterprise Advisers have supported East Sussex schools and colleges, see Enterprise Adviser Network - Careers East Sussex.

Industry Champions

Industry Champions are business volunteers from a variety of backgrounds, who support schools and colleges to inspire young people with information about different sectors and the world of work, for example by getting involved in:

  • Mock interviews
  • Careers fairs
  • Assembly or virtual talks
  • Individual mentoring and group workshops
  • Employer videos and Open Doors work place visits

Industry Champions receive a monthly calendar of events to help them choose what kind of activities to attend. By supporting three or more events per academic year, the business will get an Industry Champion certificate and badge for their website, highlighting their commitment to supporting young people and education in East Sussex.

The role brings many benefits, including:

  • giving something back to the local community
  • meeting Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives,
  • sharing information about the industry sector, supporting future recruitment
  • an opportunity for staff CPD (Continuous Professional Development)
  • developing knowledge of the challenges faced and benefits brought by young people to industry.

To find out more about being an Industry Champion:

Watch the Industry Champions video to see more examples of how they support education virtually.

Cornerstone Employers

Cornerstone Employers are ambassadors for the East Sussex Careers Hub, promoting what they do to their business contacts to increase the number of employers supporting careers in schools and colleges. Cornerstone Employers in East Sussex provide:

  • Enterprise Advisers and Industry Champions from their workforce
  • project support through wider Careers Hub initiatives
  • the employer voice across the county in our work with schools and colleges.

Find out more about our East Sussex Cornerstone Employers.

The Primary Careers Hub

This one-year pilot project from 2019 to 2020 helped to raise the aspirations of primary school children and introduce them to the world of work. Pupils from 23 schools across East Sussex received careers learning and met a range of employers. The project developed a bank of resources that now form part of a national toolkit for careers education in primary schools. The project evaluation can be seen in the Primary Careers Hub and other resources in the Advice for Primary Careers Hub and the video 'Primary careers education'.

All East Sussex primary schools can sign up for Subject Career Hub meetings via the Enterprise Coordinator.  Other information for primary schools linked to careers education can be found on Careers Hub East Sussex.