28 November 2013

Beach wins top award

BEACH – Brighton Employability Advice and Careers Hut - the only online place to go for employability advice in Brighton and Hove which is designed for young people by young people has won a prestigious Eurocities award in the category ‘smart jobs’.

BEACH was developed as a citizen-driven innovation between Brighton & Hove City Council, secondary schools, local employers, BrightonandHoveJobs.com (private sector organisation) and it is developed, maintained and marketed by the BEACH Patrol (students, teachers, local authority and BrightonandHoveJobs.com).

BEACH is an employability website within the BrightonandHoveJobs.com Jobs Board website, and is targeted at young people who are at school or college, or those who have already left and are looking for employment, an Apprenticeship, part-time or weekend work.

Gary Peters founder of BrightonandHoveJobs.com said; "We are so proud of what we have achieved with this simple concept. We are very keen to ensure young people get the careers advice they need as easily as possible and in a language they understand. This is just the start of the concept, there is a lot more to follow."

Council Leader Jason Kitcat said; "This is brilliant news. BEACH is a fantastic low-cost service created with and for young people, supported by the council and our partners. BEACH fully deserves this international recognition."

 Editors notes

The web site beach.brightonandhovejobs.com/ is specific to Brighton & Hove and it offers an insight into the different employment sectors with film clips of local employers offering information and advice to young people about their particular industry.

EUROCITIES is the network of major Europeancities and brings together the local governments of over 130 cities. The theme of the annual awards is ‘smart citizens’ and Brighton & Hove was shortlisted under the category 'smart jobs'. The two other nominated cities in the category were Birmingham and Vienna.

Photos here http://www.eurocities2013.eu/multimedia.php

More info www.eurocities.eu