Careers Hub

Industry Champions

The Industry Champion Role

Industry Champions are volunteers from any industry sector and any level. They come into a local school or college to support young people as they prepare for the world of work. This role is ideal for people who enjoy meeting students and talking about their careers journey and industry. Popular activities include:

  • Virtual videos and interviews
  • Careers fairs
  • Apprenticeship roadshows
  • Mock interviews
  • Employer and student networking events
  • Round table exercises and Creative Cafes       
  • Enterprise days
  • 'What's My Line' activities
  • Mentoring schemes
  • Workplace tours and visits
  • Classroom or assembly talks

Careers events can be in-person or online depending on the activities.

Benefits

Becoming an Industry Champion benefits local employees and businesses in many ways:

  • Playing your part in supporting and shaping young people's careers and plans
  • Raising your own brand awareness and profile in the local community
  • Potential links to support your own talent pipelines and future workforce
  • Gaining and sharing ideas with young people in East Sussex
  • Careers Professional Development for you and/or your staff
  • Supporting the local business and education community

Badge and Certificate

There is no minimum commitment expected for Industry Champions. However, if you support 3 or more careers events over an academic year, your organisation will earn a digital badge and certificate. You can display these on your website, email signature or at your workplace.

How to Sign Up

To sign-up to the Industry Champion programme, please contact the East Sussex Careers Hub at Enterprise.Coordinator@eastsussex.gov.uk. Once you have signed up you will receive a monthly calendar of upcoming career events. You can decide which events and activities you would like to support.

If you would like to experience a careers event or activity before signing up, please consider becoming a 'Give an Hour' volunteer. 'Give an Hour' is a national campaign by The Careers and Enterprise Company which the East Sussex Careers Hub are a part of.

If you have any questions about the Industry Champion programme, please contact the East Sussex Careers Hub at Enterprise.Coordinator@eastsussex.gov.uk