Press Releases week beginning 20 February 2017
Hastings celebrates International Mother Language Day
International Mother Language Day (IMLD) has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
Hastings celebrated IMLD this weekend (Sunday 19 February) at a special event hosted by the Bangladeshi Hastings and Rother Association. The event took place at the Sussex Hall, White Rock and was well attended by the diverse communities of Hastings.
The mayor, Cllr Judy Rogers who open the celebrations commented:
"Once again this was a tremendous event attended by hundreds of people. We were treated to a colourful variety of performances including song, dance and poetry.
"This very important event celebrates the diversity of linguistic identities, recognises cultural and linguistic heritage and promotes a sense of belonging to the town.
"Our thanks must go to the organisers of this very important event as it brings together communities of different nationality and faith and it really does show that we are one community with many voices".
Aged 16 - 24? Come and find out about routes to employment
National Apprenticeship Week: 06-10 March 2017
Hastings Borough Council has teamed up with Apprenticeships in Sussex to highlight the many routes to employment for local young people with an event at The Source Park on Thursday 9 March.
The event offers an informal afternoon of information, games, challenges, special guests and work opportunities, all highlighting options available to 16-24 year olds in Hastings.
From 1pm to 3pm, there will be an interactive event for unemployed 16-24 year olds who are exploring routes to employment, looking for work inspiration and access to apprenticeships. Training providers, colleges and support agencies will be on-hand to provide advice and guidance on opportunities.
"With over 1,500 different jobs across 170 industries, apprenticeships and traineeships offer a great route into employment. Whether you have just finished school and are looking for that first step towards finding your career or are ready to step towards a higher or degree-level apprenticeship, this event will help you find your feet" said Cllr Dawn Poole the council's lead member for regeneration.
She added: "Come along and meet employers and take part in employability workshops and challenges. Current apprentices will be telling their stories and letting you in to a few secrets about how they are able to work, learn and play and how some overcame hurdles to secure a dream job".
From 4pm to 7pm parents, carers, young people and teachers are invited to come along and find out how apprenticeships have been changing offering a wide range of local job opportunities including engineering, marketing, nursing, gas maintenance, events management and farming.
An event will also be held in Eastbourne on 7 March, with pop-up events in Lewes 6 March, Crowborough 8 March, Uckfield 10 March and Hailsham 11 March.