Be The Change Programme

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Latest research shows that as well as online support, young people want face-to-face advice and guidance from businesses when they are starting to think about their future career. Building on our work to improve our students career aspirations, we are working with local business Hastings Direct, so that our Year 9 students can experience Be the Change, a programme of inspirational events focussing on happiness, confidence, hope, relationships and employability.

A collaboration between and social enterprise Humanutopia, the Be the Change Programme positively impacts and shapes the future workforce at the same time as offering businesses a fantastic opportunity to make a tangible, measurable and life changing difference to local young people. Be the Change focusses on qualities and life skills that support qualifications and success. In a mixture of larger group work, smaller breakout groups and 1-2-1 sessions, the young people and business volunteers are able share their views, day-to-day issues and concerns, and aspirations for the future. The students are invited to look at the influences of others, peer pressure and the culture of conformity and will reflect on their attitude, behaviour and impact on themselves and others.

Be the Change helps young people to understand what positive changes they need to make in order to realise their aspirations and what qualities are required to be successful in business and the workplace. Business volunteers from Hastings Direct provide support and advice throughout the Be the Change journey, acting as positive role models and guides, and helping to inspire the students with their ideas and encouragement.

Bringing the corporate community to students who are for one reason or another disengaged with school, Be the Change is designed to support young people on their life journey and open their eyes to the world of work and the possibilities it can bring.

Be the Change Programme Objectives are to:

  • Build stronger, more sustainable relationships between businesses and schools,colleges and universities

  • Encourage increased business mentoring at schools in Sussex and Surrey

  • Develop the life skills and employability skills of young people

  • Create peer-to-peer networking opportunities for young people

  • Connect schools, providing opportunities to share best practice in CEIAG

  • Establish more meaningful work experience opportunities for young people

  • Educate young people and teaching staff on the effective use of the employabilitymicrosites

  • Inspire young people to think seriously about their futures and all of the opportunitiesavailable to them

  • Enhance the employer profile of the businesses involved in the programme and improvetheir long term employee pipeline


A bit about… proactively links businesses, universities, colleges &schools, public sector, charities and community groups and other organisationsto promote and create local employment opportunities whilst also providing muchneeded careers, information, advice and guidance to local businesses andjob-seekers alike.

As well as our localised job sites, we create, build andmanage CEIAG (careers, education, information, advice and guidance) websites toinspire and educate our future generations on the world of work. These awardwinning online platforms provide local information, advice and guidance to helpyoung people make informed decisions about career choices available in theirlocal area whilst also giving them the tools and inspiration to make these areality.

A bit about Humanutopia…

Humanutopia is a social business that creates and runs inspirational courses in schools for students and staff.  Their courses are based on personal, social and workplace skills development, and improve the hope, confidence, happiness, relationships, and employability of participating students. Over the last 12 years Humanutopia have worked with over 200,000 young people, 200 schools, 25,000 adults and 20,000 heroes

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