Past Cafés

White Rock Theatre

2 July 2015

90 pupils from 4 schools across Hastings and Rother recently had the opportunity to spend a half day with a variety of local creative businesses, finding out about their sector and taking part in practical challenges set by the businesses themselves.

Engaging with the environment at Seahaven Academy

10 February 2015

This Café brought together professionals from engineering and environmental science, from the Local Authority, a large scale recycling business and a small independent gym, set up by an ex-student at the school. The involvement of engineers and environmental scientists was timely given the opening of the new University Technical College next year which will specialize in technology and environment related careers. Host Seahaven Academy Participants 70 students year 9 students at Seahaven Academy. Seahaven1 Professionals Kelly Booth – Veolia Rob Walker – Royal Haskoning DHV Jack Douglas – Royal Haskoning DHV Jackie Blackwell – Lewes District Council Laura Beddoe – Platinum Fitness Gym Outline of main activity Activities were hands-on and saw young people designing wind turbines and load bearing towers, developing marketing material for the new college, looking at the challenges of recycling and exploring new offers for young people in the gym. Thanks To Sussex Community Development Association, who run the youth provision in the town and developed this Café with us. To Johnie Davies, Assistant Head who helped make it happen in the school. Outcomes

  • Young people learned about businesses big and small, global and local
  • They learned about what businesses look for in employees
  • 96% students gave the event 4 or 5/5, and identified the practical aspects of the Café as the most enjoyable thing
  • Students developed their understanding of recycling

Food, hospitality, leisure and tourism

22 October 2014

Hastings Borough Council commissioned Culture Shift to develop their Creative Café model to support employer engagement with local schools, as part of Own Grown. This event focused on jobs in food, hospitality, leisure and tourism.


March 2014

This Creative Café was formulated to prime a team of young people with skills and enthusiasm to be the marketing force for B.fest - an 8 day arts festival for and by young people in Brighton and Hove.

Big Bang Fair

July 2014

Culture Shift and Digital Education Brighton co-hosted this Creative Café at The Big Bang Fair, one of the biggest STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) events in the region.

Manufacturing businesses in Hastings

July 2014

Hastings Borough Council commissioned Culture Shift to develop the Creative Café model to support employer engagement with local schools, as part of its Own Grown initiative. This Café focused on careers opportunities within manufacturing companies in the Hastings area.

Towner Gallery

June 2014

This Creative Cafe was designed around the interests and ambitions of young people on the Pathways programme (young people out of mainstream education) from College Central in Eastbourne, and was delivered at the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne.

Young Enterprise Café at De La Warr Pavilion

March 2014

Young people from Bexhill High School, Helenswood Academy, Bishop Bell School and Cavendish School gathered at a Creative Café developed by Culture Shift and Young Enterprise.

Dv8 and BACA

March 2014

Presented by Culture Shift and Dv8 Sussex Training, this Creative Café featured professionals from digital media and live events and highlighted opportunities in apprenticeships.

Exploring careers creatively with Hastings Direct

December 2013

This Café was conceived as a pilot to explore the Creative Café model as a structure for young people to meet other kinds of professionals, in this case from across one company, Hastings Direct.