Careers Hub

Industry Champions

The Industry Champion Role
Industry Champions are volunteers from any level and any sector of the world of work, who come into a local school or college to support young people as they prepare for the world of work. You could be asked to talk about your careers journey and industry, online or face-to-face. Enjoy meeting students and help them make the best start in life. 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

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
  • Yours or your staff member's CPD
  • Supporting the local business and education community

Digital badge and certificate
There is no minimum commitment expected, however by supporting three or more of these activities over an academic year, your business will earn the East Sussex Industry Champion digital badge and a certificate to display on your website and in your workplace.

Sign up
To register your interest in becoming an Industry Champion, contact the Careers Hub team at enterprise.coordinator@eastsussex.gov.uk. By signing up, you will receive our monthly events calendar and you can decide which events and activities you would like to support.

If you'd like to experience an activity before becoming an Industry Champion, then please click here to register to ‘Give an Hour’, a national campaign that the East Sussex Careers Hub are part of.

Please consult this document (opens new window) for guidelines on how to work safely and effectively in schools. Industry Champions sign up to this Code of Conduct (opens new window).