A future for students in Hastings

Hastings secondary school, careers fair, Amber Rudd

Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye, held her first Careers Fayre at the school last Friday. The careers fayre, organised in collaboration with Marie Byas from Ark William Parker, was attended by 17 businesses and employers. The event sent a clear message to the academy’s students; there is a career, and indeed a future for students in Hastings.

The fayre was opened by Amber Rudd, followed by a motivational speech from Adam Bartlett, Managing Director of global company Kurt J. Lesker Company and a former William Parker student.

The vast majority of businesses present said they felt recruitment was one of the greatest challenges facing their business. By bringing together businesses, employers and students the fayre enabled students aged 15-18 to find out about some of the careers and opportunities available.

It was fantastic to have the support of so many local businesses offering an array of careers, opportunities, apprenticeships and work placement experience. Those attending included local firms Marshall-Tufflex, Collins & Hayes and Michael Tyler Furniture as well as Littlewood Fencing, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and Ashdown Hurrey LLP.

Amber said: "We are so fortunate to have such an array of industries offering a wide range of careers, opportunities and apprenticeships here in Hastings. I am tremendously grateful to all those businesses who took the time and trouble to attend my careers fayre and engage with our students."

Marie Byas, careers advisor, said “With many of our students facing decisions as to their career, subjects and further education choices, the purpose of this event was to ensure they are aware that there is a career and a future for them in Hastings. Students were offered work placements and will be applying for apprenticeships and volunteering in the community with Amicus Horizon.”

Ark William Parker student, Chris Saxby, really enjoyed the event; he said “It was really interesting to see all the different careers available in Hastings. I would like an apprenticeship with Littlewood Fencing as I like being creative and working outdoors.”

Students and businesses who attended had a wonderful experience and will benefit hugely from the event.