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Open Doors 2017 - 6th to 30th November
12 Sep

Open Doors 2017 - 6th to 30th November

East Sussex County Council (ESCC) are asking employers to open their doors to young people this November, as part of Open Doors 2017. Last year employers fed back that it was a rewarding experience and that their staff enjoyed explaining their roles and their career pathways to students.

Open Doors aims to show young people a variety of different work environments and industries, and to enable them to talk to skilled workers about careers in their sectors. The programme is based on the principles of the Gatsby benchmarks of good career guidance, and the research of Dr Anthony Mann. Both identify that employer encounters can inspire and raise aspirations and attainment, and reduce the chances of young people becoming NEET (not in employment, education or training). Open Doors also aims to increase their awareness of the careers choices available to them, and inspire them into pursuing careers in our growing economy in East Sussex.

Employers are being asked to volunteer to accept visits from East Sussex Schools between 6th to 30th November 2017. In 2016 over 150 students visited 18 East Sussex businesses, producing over 288 employer encounters for young people. ESCC hope to make Open Doors 2017 bigger and better.

If you would like to volunteer to be involved this year, and receive visits from schools in November, or if you have any questions please let them know by emailing

Open Doors is run by East Sussex County Council, with the support of Skills East Sussex.