YES East Sussex

YES is commissioned by East Sussex County Council. YES works with young people aged 16 – 18 who are NEET or at risk of NEET (Not in Education Employment or Training) to help move them into EET (Education Employment or Training). Each young person is allocated a Skills and Employability Adviser, who will help support them to identify and overcome any barriers that maybe preventing them from achieving a positive progression. These barriers may include homelessness, confidence, motivation, substance misuse, offending behaviour, financial difficulties, travel, relationship breakdowns etc.

YES work across East Sussex, with offices based in Hastings and Eastbourne. The Service can meet young people at the offices or in the community to offer Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG), explore options, apply for EET opportunities, write CVs and help improve employability skills.

Through YES there is a dedicated Adviser supporting eligible young people with Special Education Needs. This Adviser encourages schools and colleges to support the transition of students in Year 11-14 with SEN Support Plans.  This dedicated Adviser can support young people who are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET and who may not have triggered the completion of an Education Health Care Plan.

Referrals are accepted from external services or young people and parents/carers. To refer to the service a referral form can be completed or direct contact can be made with the nearest centre.

Referral form


YES offer a drop in service at both centres:

  • 11 Cambridge Road, Hastings, TN34 1DJ

01424 722045

Drop in Monday 1:30pm - 4:30pm and Thursday 9:30am - 1pm

  • Upperton House, The Avenue, Eastbourne, BN21 3YB

01323 410803

Drop in Wednesday 9.30am-4.30pm and Friday 9.30am-4:30pm


Rural drop ins are available for more information contact the nearest centre.

What else can East Sussex offer?


Progress is a service funded through the Careers Enterprise Fund and has 3 strands to the programme.

YR 11 Transition- Has dedicated advisers across East Sussex who work with the schools to help identify suitable young people who can be referred into YES. These are young people who are likely to need support post year 11. Some group work and 1:1 support with young people can be offered.

Work Readiness- This part of the programme is able to offer support and practical group work sessions to prepare young people for applying for apprenticeships. This involves work experience, interview preparation and an opportunity to apply and interview for a local apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships – To help support apprenticeships within East Sussex progress offers presentations about apprenticeships to year 11s at schools. Alongside the group work, direct 1:1 sessions can be offered to help young people (in year 11, 12, 13 and 14) to explore their apprenticeship options.


National Citizen Service Lewes District

Medway Youth Trust delivers NCS within the Lewes District each Spring, Summer and Autumn. This is a life changing team experience for 16-17 year olds that includes a residential away from home, then designing, fundraising and delivering a community social action project. NCS participants graduate in a formal celebration event. The purpose of NCS is to get the young people from a wide range of backgrounds working together to plan and put together a social action project within their local community. NCS helps young people whether at school, college, work or unemployed to gain new skills, challenge themselves, gain confidence and improve their C.V all whilst doing something positive in the community.

Young people can sign up centrally online at or

Or contact the office directly

Shannon Clifford – 01323 410803 –


TrustCareers is the paid for arm of Medway Youth Trust.  TrustCareers offers bespoke packages of Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) to schools.  Currently we are delivering support in College Central (East Sussex Pupil Referral Unit), the Virtual School and Rye College.


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