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Brighton Students take on Snowdonia as part of inspirational project to raise career aspirations

Brighton Students take on Snowdonia as part of inspirational project to raise career aspirations

The LoveLocalJobs Foundation has launched its first employability themed outdoor pursuits adventure for sixteen lucky pupils from Brighton’s Dorothy Stringer High School. Sponsored and supported by The Straumann Group, students were given an opportunity to attend an outdoors pursuit centre, Dolawen, in Snowdonia. The five-day residential trip enabled students to get out of their comfort zones, experiencing hiking, gorge walking and weasling coordinated by E3 Adventures , and ultimately develop skills such as teamwork, leading and confidence which are essential for future employment.

Richard Baker, Deputy Head at Dorothy Stringer said “This trip has made a big impact on these children. They have made some good friendships and are much happier in school as a result. By all accounts it was a great success and we look forward to working with The LoveLocalJobs Foundation in the future to give more children such great experiences.”

In order to be a part of the trip, the students filled out an application and were then interviewed by representatives from The Straumann Group to provide them with a real insight into the process of how to get a job. The application process began in January and culminated with the outing 12th – 16th April. Throughout the trip, the team intertwined outdoor activities and employability skills, in order to provide the students with the confidence and hope they can secure future employment.

Debbie Womersley, HR Director at Straumann UK said “The Straumann Group are delighted to support and partner with The LoveLocalJobs Foundation to provide essential support to our local community. As a local employer, we believe that our local schools and children need to be supported and developed at a grass roots level, to give them a taste of what to experience within the world of work. This initiative was designed to build confidence and expose these students to challenges, helping them build strategies to overcome them and build, the confidence that comes from success.”

Gary Peters, Founder of The LoveLocalJobs Foundation said: “We created the foundation to give every day local kids the opportunity to thrive, to give them the skills needed to reach their full potential – both in life and professionally. Every day kids, just like you and I, just like we were all those years ago. I remember being given the opportunity to do this exact trip over 25 years ago and I loved every single second. It taught me to really push myself, to fall, to get back up and to work as part of a team – and most importantly to laugh, I loved every second. I’m proud of being able to give this opportunity to the guys from Dorothy Stringer, the school I went to many moons ago and I’m looking forward to many more trips in the not too distant future.”

The LoveLocalJobs Foundation was launched by Harry Redknapp in October 2018 and strives to help raise the aspirations of local young people. The Foundations initiatives aim to better connect education with the world of work and to enhance employability and soft skills via a range of inspirational experiences. The Foundation draws on a network of amazing organisations who generously support activities which help young people to realise their full potential and provide them with a stronger pathway for a positive future. The partnership with Straumann to enable sixteen pupils to attend Dolawen is a prime example of the work that can be done to support young people who deserve the opportunities.

This trip is only made possible through the generous sponsorship by Straumann, the support of The LoveLocalJobs Foundation, activity facilitation by E3 Adventures and the engagement from the participating school, Dorothy Stringer.

For more information on these events and other LoveLocalJobs Foundation initiatives, please contact The LoveLocalJobs Foundation on 01273 651100 or email

Local School Students in Brighton Become Role Models

Local School Students in Brighton Become Role Models

Local year 9 students learnt how to be role models for younger students as part of an on-going programme to improve their confidence and resilience. Students, aged between 13 and 14, are taking part in the inspirational Be the Change programme, which is happening for the first time in Brighton.

The students were encouraged to become positive role models and were taught that by working together they can have a positive influence and impact in their respective schools and communities. Overall the conference helps the young people to develop life skills and create positive cycles. The year 9 students were also taken by surprise and were joined by local primary school students for them to mentor at the Brighton Racecourse on Friday, March 1.

Organised by in partnership with Graham Moore of metamoorephosis, the programme has more than 40 volunteers from local businesses and the public sector acting as business guides helping young people fulfil their potential and improve their life chances. Be the Change focuses on happiness, confidence, hope, relationships and employability by identifying and removing barriers to success, encouraging self-belief and raising aspirations. Over the course of the school year the students work with the business volunteers at inspirational conferences, one-to-one mentoring sessions and workplace visits.

This year’s programme would not be possible without support from this year’s sponsors: Sussex Police, Brandwatch, American Express, Legal and General, Focus Group and Brighton & Hove City Council.

Graham, who expertly led the delivery on the day said: “Our vision is for every young person to have raised hope and confidence, to have the chance to develop life skills and create positive cycles that will prepare them for life. Working with the younger children brings out the positive role model in our students. It promotes qualities such as leadership, team working and a sense of responsibility to those around them, especially younger and more vulnerable people. This activity also offers a great chance for the younger students to develop their confidence and experience of being around secondary school students in preparation for moving into higher education.”

David Reynolds, CFO of headline sponsor Brandwatch said: "As soon as we heard about the Be The Change programme we wanted to get involved. It has been great to work with some really inspiring school children across Brighton on building their confidence and creating aspirations for the future. A truly great initiative and we are proud to be part of it."

The secondary schools involved in this year’s programme are: Blatchington Mill, PACA, Varndean, Hove Park, Kings School, Longhill High School, Cardinal Newman and Dorothy Stringer. Year 6 primary school students took part in the Stepping Up activity from Downs Junior School.

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Attend the Maximising your Current and Future Talent Breakfast Club. are hosting an engaging and thought provoking Breakfast Club at Hotel du Vin, Brighton on Friday 5th April (8:30am – 12:30pm).

What to expect on the day:

• This ground-breaking event is designed to give you the tools you need to step away from short-term tactical management of people and tasks, and shift your focus to longer-term strategic leadership and cultural development

• The Skills Farm will deliver two in-depth sessions to help you to ensure you are preparing your team for high performance

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