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Next week see’s the start of National Apprentice week and the launch of a five month county-wide campaign You’re Hired East Sussex.  The aim of the campaign is to find 500 employers who will make a pledge to take on an apprentice and it also seeks to support 500 work-ready young people


into apprenticeships.

The events are taking place at the Stade Hall Hastings, Eastbourne Town Hall and Lewes Town Hall from 5.30pm – 7.30pm on Monday 9 March. There will be the chance to talk to other employers, apprentices, apprenticeship training providers and hear from former HR Director of the Royal Mail and now CEO of the Recruitment and Employer Confederation, Kevin Green.

You’re Hired East Sussex is backed by East Sussex County Council in partnership with the National Apprenticeship Service, district and borough councils, training providers, Colleges, Association of Chambers, Federation of Small Businesses, Youth Employability Service and Apprenticeships in Sussex.

Dv8 Sussex has been training media-savvy young people in Brighton for over a decade. Now we they are ready to bring even more Sussex employers into the fold with their popular Apprenticeships programme.


Apprentices at one of DV8 Sussex’s classrooms

Businesses of any size and sector can benefit from employing an enthusiastic and talented young person, they’ll apply their skills to your business, helping further develop growth and success for your business.

Dv8 Sussex special Apprenticeships events are dedicated to busting Apprenticeship myths, showing you how hiring an apprentice is an inexpensive and positive growth solution for business – from independent start-ups to established companies – hiring an apprentice is both affordable and progressive.

They have already been working with over 20 businesses across Sussex, including Dupenny, Adventure Unlimited, Brightwave, Vektor, No Pork Pies, Ambiental, Links Creative, The Old Market,  Surface Impression, Latest TV, MRA Associates, Wonderlabs, Bright AI, Britweb – and many more – all of whom are seeing the benefit in investing in young, up-and-coming talent.

Dv8 Sussex mentor and recruit intelligent young people, all with great prior learning (GCSEs, A Levels) – but more importantly they have self-motivation, energy and a willingness to learn.

If you are looking for an apprentice or thinking about it they love you to join them for one of these events, they will take place as follows :


DV8 Sussex are looking to change the myths surrounding apprenticeships

Monday 3 February, 4-6pm
Dv8 Sussex – Brighton campus, 12 Queen Square, Brighton, BN1 3FD
Tel : 01273 550 432

Wednesday 5 February, 4-6pm
Dv8 Sussex – Bexhill campus, Victoria Hall, Victoria Road, Bexhill, TN39 3PD
Telephone: 01424 213 890

Refreshments will be provided, and experienced staff will be on-hand to answer your questions.

Please email apply@dv8sussex.com if you would like to attend, or click here to register.

As part of its annual award ceremony to celebrate the achievements of its learners, Sussex Coast College, Hastings also celebrated the appointment of seven Apprentice Ambassadors. These are all learners with the College who are current Apprentices with employers around the Hastings and Rother area and each one has been chosen from around 40 nominees submitted by their assessors and selected by the Work Based Learning Team on their individual merits.

Apprentice Ambassador

Tom Growns, Apprentice Ambassador receiving his award from Principal Clive Cooke during the Sussex Coast College Student Achievement Awards Ceremony.

Those selected are champions of Apprenticeships and the work we do with employers. These learners have been nominated by their assessors for their commitment to work and their Apprenticeship programme.

This is a scheme that the College has adopted and will continue to run in the years to come and is very much about celebrating the success of learners at the College as well as the commitment by local employers who support the young people with their careers.

The aims of the Apprentice Ambassadors are to:

  • Champion Apprenticeships to young people interested in taking-up Apprenticeships.
  • Advise and help young people in choosing the right Apprenticeship programmes.
  • Provide feedback to the College on issues which affect the quality and effectiveness of Apprenticeships and to flag up any other issues which require further exploration.
  • With their employers, be the face of the College Apprenticeship programmes for the next year.

“Who better to be the face of the College’s Apprenticeships and the voice of the College’s success at working with young people and employers than the Apprentices themselves,” said Tim Scott, Head of Business Development at the College.

 The list of those selected and who they are doing their apprenticeships with are as follows:

  • Scott MacBean (The Rye Retreat)
  • Tom Deverson (Booker & Best)
  • Craig Halbard-Jones (Drallim Engineering)
  • Enrico Phillis (Drallim Engineering)
  • Alex John Dobson (Drallim Engineering)
  • Gabriele Simbelyte (SCCH)
  • Tom Growns (SCCH)                             

The Apprenticeship Team at SCCH can be reached on 01424 458340 and apprenticeships@sussexcoast.ac.uk

Information about ‘Home Grown’ project is available by contacting owngrown@hastings.gov.uk.

Image on homepage: Apprentice Ambassador, Scott MacBean receiving his award from Principal Clive Cooke during the Sussex Coast College Student Achievement Awards Ceremony.