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The You’re Hired Campaign is now halfway through its target, since the launch event on Monday, March 9, a total of 269 employers have vowed to hire an apprentice offering on-the-job training and qualifications

The aim of the five-month  campaign is to get 500 businesses across the five districts and boroughs of East Sussex to hire an apprentice.

East Sussex County Council has teamed up with district and borough council, business groups, colleges and training centres, the National Apprenticeship Service and Apprenticeships in Sussex for the initiative.


The launch events were held simultaneously in Lewes, Hastings and Eastbourne, hosted by a prominent member of the local business community and gave employers the opportunity to find out about apprenticeships.

Businesses interested in hiring an apprentice or finding out more about the benefits, can visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/hired or call the National Apprenticeship Service on 0800 015 0600 or visit www.apprenticeships.gov.uk.


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.

Traineeships were introduced by the Department of Education in 2014, with Sussex Coast College Hastings currently being one of the few Colleges’ in the region to offer the scheme.traineeships

Ten students completed the first Traineeship offer that started in September and six have now been offered apprenticeships by their employer at the end of the course in Construction, Bricklaying, Carpentry, Plumbing and Parts Management with Ford.

Project Co-ordinator Tony Giles said, ‘The course consists of two weeks’ employability training, including confidence building, job search, personal statement, interview techniques, CV writing and so much more.’

Shannon Firminger completed her Level 2 in Mechanics at SCCH and hoped to go on to an Apprenticeship to start her career, but unfortunately her maths and English grades were not high enough.

She was told about the Traineeship scheme by one of her tutors and decided to embark on the 12 week programme, helping her gain her maths and English grades to progress onto the Apprenticeship she had her heart set on.

Shannon has now progressed on to her Mechanics Apprenticeship with Hastings based company 247 247 and is enjoying every minute.

‘I would recommend a Traineeship to anyone as you learn skills to take to your employers which make you look more professional and feel more confident’ says Shannon. ‘It is intense but I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. It has been worth every minute.’

Dan Shelley, Vice Principal for Enterprise, Employment and Skills, said, ‘Our Traineeship scheme provides employers with an excellent opportunity to support young people gain skills by offering work placements that could also lead to them becoming their next employee. They are also a great way for young people to get the skills and experience they need to secure an apprenticeship, which will lead to employment and a career in the future. We really urge any employers or students who are interested to get in touch.’

Shannon concluded, ‘I want to keep working with cars and keep doing what I love doing, which is being a mechanic. I now have my C grade in English and I am working towards my C grade in maths.’

If you’re a young person or an employer looking for more information on Traineeships at Sussex Coast College Hastings, contact Tony Giles on TGiles@sussexcoast.ac.uk or call 01424 458824.