Students’ website set to Take OFF

Lleft to right: Georgina Angele, Ed Curtis, Toby Clifford, Jack Heslop and Sue Hart SUS-141217-112425001
Lleft to right: Georgina Angele, Ed Curtis, Toby Clifford, Jack Heslop and Sue Hart SUS-141217-112425001

Students from Oathall Community College in Haywards Heath were awarded certificates of achievement for their part in building a website that helps young people to access the workplace.

Take OFF ‘Our Future First’ was developed by school students with the support and guidance of career and employment professionals from, local employers and local authorities across the Gatwick Diamond area.

The online resource was launched on November 26 at Horsham’s Capitol Theatre where the students were presented with certificates of achievement by Rosemary French OBE, Executive Director of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative.

The students involved from Oathall Community College were Ed Curtis, Toby Clifford and Jack Heslop, all in Year 11. Jack said: “Take OFF has been great for me. I really enjoyed meeting local employers and finding out what to do in an interview, which resulted in me getting a part time job.”

Sue Hart, Work Related Learning Co-ordinator at Oathall Community College, has been involved throughout the project. She said: “This has been a wonderful opportunity for the students to be involved with the ‘real’ world of business and create a valuable local careers resource for their peers. Having an understanding of the local labour market and the skills and qualities that employers are looking for is hugely beneficial for young people considering their future career pathways.”

Take OFF offers advice on how to look for and apply for jobs, how to deliver the perfect interview and an insight into what employers expect from young people joining their business. Key resources include interviews with local hiring managers and business people with knowledge of the local job markets. It is hosted within the advice section of and is available for all local schools, colleges and young people to access.

Georgina Angele, Senior Partnerships Manager at, said: “This project is a fantastic collaboration between schools, businesses and local authorities which will help prepare young people for work, and inspire them to find the right path through education to find a rewarding job that they enjoy. We’re very grateful to all the local businesses and councils that have supported this project. The students have been brilliant throughout the project too.”

Take OFF is a partnership between and Horsham District Council, Crawley Borough Council, Mid Sussex District Council, West Sussex County Council and the Gatwick Diamond Initiative. Other organisations that took part in creating the video content in Take OFF include American Express, Nestle, KPMG, Mayo Wynne Baxter, Sainsbury’s, Extech, Make Media, Berkeley Homes, Gatwick Airport, Search Consultancy, RBS, Arora Hotel, Richard Place Dobson, South Lodge Hotel and Varian.

Picture d left to right: Georgina Angele, Ed Curtis, Toby Clifford, Jack Heslop and Sue Hart.

Report and picture contributed by Oathall Community College.