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Key Information

Connected Futures is a research project, led by young people, which is exploring the barriers to employment facing young adults in Hastings.

As part of the project, a group of local Hastings young researchers are responsible for connecting with other young adults to listen to their stories, opinions and experiences, with a focus on fact-finding, challenging the status quo and current practices.

It will report its recommendations to two project groups (Core Partnership and Reference Group) who will enable the investigation and identification of the root cause/s of the disadvantages young people face around employability.

Through their roles within the research group and representation on project groups, the young people will act as the voice of Hastings young people, guiding decision making and invoking positive change.

Funded through a Connected Futures grant by the Youth Futures Foundation, the project is being delivered by CXK in partnership with East Sussex County Council and Hastings Borough Council.


The research group will explore:

  • The barriers NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) young people face.
  • Rates of school suspension and absence
  • The experiences of young people with challenging family circumstances
  • Appropriate, tailored prevision post-16 that addresses the needs of our young people
  • The experiences young people face with prejudice, discrimination and hostility
  • A coherent approach that enabled young people to succeed and flourish
  • Plus, many more areas…
How to Apply 

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