02 April 2014

In the latest development of Take Off, the creative young minds behind the employability microsite interviewed local employers for the online resource which is aimed at young people in the Gatwick Diamond.

Students behind a forthcoming new employability advice website called Take OFF were given the chance to quiz business leaders at a special Q&A event.

The teenagers aged 14 to 19 are the creative brains behind Take OFF, a partnership initiative led by and local borough, district and county councils.

The youngsters were able to ‘interview’ local businesses and employers in the Gatwick Diamond about employability skills and routes into jobs in the area’s key growth sectors.  These interviews were captured on film by students from Collyer’s and will be edited to form key resources in Take OFF.

Companies that took part in the day included American Express, Nestle, KPMG, Mayo Wynne Baxter, Sainsbury’s, Extech, Make Media, Berkeley Homes, Gatwick Airport, Search Consultancy, RBS, Arora Hotel, Richard Place Dobson, Varian and the Gatwick Diamond Initiative.

Students quiz business leaders at TAKE OFF event

When launched after Easter, the Take OFF microsite will become a powerful employability advice tool for young people and schools in the southern part of the Gatwick Diamond.  This online resource will be hosted within and will be available for all local schools and young people to access.

It will offer top tips on how to look and apply for jobs, how to deliver the perfect interview and understanding what employers want. The Take OFF brand was created by the group of students who devised an air-travel theme.

Take OFF follows the same format as the award-winning BEACH (Brighton Employability Advice and Careers Hut) website portal.

Georgina Angele, Senior Partnerships Manager at, manages the roll out of these employability microsite projects. She said: “All the partners supporting Take OFF are excited about replicating the successful BEACH format to deliver a unique employability resource for young people designed by young people in the Gatwick Diamond.

“This project is a fantastic collaboration between schools, businesses and local authorities which will help prepare young people for work, and support them in gaining employability skills essential for their future success.  Thank you to everyone involved in the project.”

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.

Students involved the creation of Take OFF are from local schools The Forest School, The College of Richard Collyer, Manor Green College and Oathall Community College.

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