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East Sussex FSB supports employability and enterprise


East Sussex FSB enthusiastically supports young people to learn work and business skills.

Our member firms attend careers fairs to promote employability skills and raise horizons. “We open young people’s minds to consider that one day they might want to be their own boss,” said Kerry Byott, Branch Secretary, 1066 Country. “We impress upon young people the importance of a positive attitude, being organised and customer-friendly at work.”

The FSB is supporting more careers fairs this year: Cardinal Newman College, Hove, 13 July, Hastings Careers Fair, 29 September and Wealden’s fair at the East Sussex National Golf resort on 2 October. FSB urges businesses to go on-line to consider sponsoring, booking a stand or helping out to support young people in work.

In support of its aims, FSB also works closely with charity partner Young Enterprise. YE recently held its finals competitions across the UK. In Eastbourne, ‘Chromatic’ from St Catherine’s College won Company of the Year. FSB sponsored the category and local FSB Chairman, Colin Slaughter is pictured alongside the winning team. Chromatic went on to represent the town in the Sussex finals. 

YE teaches young people business schools through running their own business. Chromatic make strikingly beautiful seaside images of Eastbourne – mounting them on canvases, mugs, keyrings and fridge magnets.

Their business project proved profitable and enabled team members to build confidence and learn marketing, finance and sales in a ‘hands on’ fashion.

Colin Slaughter commented: “FSB research shows more need to be done in schools to support young people’s work-readiness and business skills. We will keep campaigning on this issue for change.”