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Sussex Coast College Hastings has developed the following engineering courses for apprentices and management in the manufacturing sector in response to industry requirements, starting in September 2016. Manufacturing companies locally have been asking for years for somewhere to provide this training and Sussex Coast College has delivered these courses to cater for this need.

Check out the course flyer here

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East Sussex STEMfest will be a vibrant celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). A series of fascinating interactive activities, demonstrations, workshops and shows will be taking place in schools and colleges in East Sussex during May 2016, with the aim of inspiring the next generation to build careers in and with STEM.


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The festival will culminate in a Big Bang @ event – part of a nationwide programme that is a unique opportunity to experience hands-on activities, discuss ideas, get advice and be inspired.

Why is East Sussex STEMfest needed?

The Skills East Sussex Group recommend a plan of action to support employers in East Sussex to better understand how investing in career development of young people helps them to fulfill their CSR responsibilities and meet their STEM skills needs. East Sussex STEMfest will showcase engineering and related careers to students, and inspire young people to consider STEM career paths.

Programme Information

  • East Sussex STEMfest includes:
    Teacher / employer networking evening.
    Site visits to local employers.
    Workshops, seminars and shows delivered in schools.
    STEM Ambassador careers events in schools.
    Big Bang @ The Hastings Centre 11th May 2016

For detailed information on any of the events, please email: EastSussexSTEMfest@brighton.ac.uk or see the website here.

Want to get involved?

  • There are lots of opportunities for employers to get involved. Could you:
    Offer a tour of your premises?
    Bring an activity to the Big Bang?
    Deliver a talk or activity in a local secondary school?

The Tomorrow’s Engineers employer support programme can advise you on your outreach strategy and ways to engage with schools.
For detailed information on any of the events, please email: EastSussexSTEMfest@brighton.ac.uk or see the website here.

Teachers choose supply work for a whole host of reasons based around their personal circumstances at the time, but understanding why it might be an option for you can seem like a big decision. This is especially true when in most cases you cannot be guaranteed work and if there is no work, you don’t get paid. This is where newly formed company SupplyTeach can make all the difference.

SupplyTeach Ltd is a company born from the experience of teachers who found looking for supply work a harder process than it should be. The company believes looking for teaching positions of any type should be an easy, fluid process, as teachers have enough to do already, and their online service is here to ensure that happens.

We had to be confident that the online experience was as smooth for our visitors as for our advertisers,” said Founder Jamie Wood. “We looked for a local company specializing in database design and attractive online presence to give our customers the best possible experience.

This search brought them to Hastings-based web design agency FAT promotions Ltd.

From the outset we were excited by this project,” said FAT’s Managing Director Fiona Allman-Treen. “As it focused on one of our core strengths – matching candidates with opportunities, something we’ve created successfully in the past for several industries both locally and further afield.

Specialist education recruitment agencies from all over the UK are already listing their vacancies on the site, so you’ll always be able to find work near you. Supply, permanent, Primary, Secondary, Further Education, whatever position you’re looking for, we will help you find it at supplyteach.co.uk.

Chancellor George Osborne announced the spending plans for the next four years in the Spending Review and the current state of the economy in the Autumn Statement.

According to the Office for Budget Responsibility, public finances are set to be £27 billion better off by 2020.

It was revealed that the government is expected to borrow £8 billion less than forecast due to it hoping to secure £10.1 billion budget surplus by 2020.

The statement brings disappointing news for transport, energy, business and the environment as resource budgets will fall by 37%, 22%, 17% and 15% respectively.

In terms of policing in England and Wales, there are not any plans to make any cuts but the government aims for a rise in spending by £900 million by 2020.

From April 2017 there will be a two-child limit on child tax credit claims and the family element of tax credits will be scrapped for new claimants.

Healthcare is vital for any country and so the health budget will rise to £120 billion by 2020-21, which now stands at £101 billion. The NHS in England will receive an upfront cash injection of £3.8 billion next year as part of £8 billion added funding between next year and 2020-21.

The education budget will rise by £10 billion by 2020 and there will be a new 30-hour free childcare subsidy for parents of three and four-year-olds but this will be limited to parents working more than 16 hours each week.

From April 2016, there will be a 3% surcharge on stamp duty for buy-to-let properties and second homes however, there are plans to hand £2.3 billion to private developers to build 400,000 new homes in England.

State pension will rise by £3.35 a week to £119.30 next year and each individual and small business will have their own digital tax account by the end of the decade.

Transportation could be on the mend with capital funding of transport projects set to rise by 50% by 2020 and £250 million to make sure motorways and other roads in Kent are supported.

The University of Brighton present the Hastings Game Jam. It aims to bring together local community, industry and students to inspire creativity and learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The venture, based at the Hastings campus, is run in association with the Education Futures Trust and features Paul Oliver – a local games developer from Team Hyperbeam.

The first in what the university hopes will become an annual event, the Hastings Game Jam will help attendees to discover their creativity and enjoy working with each other to devise real computer games.

On the first evening, attendees will be given a crash course on games development, and supported throughout the event by University staff, professionals and volunteers. No previous experience is expected or required. Everyone can contribute and the team that created the best game will win our Golden Gamepad award.

This is a fantastic opportunity to explore, collaborate, experiment, learn, innovate, network, create and have fun!

In the last year an international medical education charity based in St Leonards on sea has delivered over 1,500 days of teaching and training in 59 programmes in 34 different countries to over 4,000 healthcare professionals.

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PRIME International is now operating in 34 countries

PRIME Partnerships in International Medical Education has over 250 highly experienced tutors who volunteer their time, experience and passion for teaching excellent compassionate healthcare. They also help support and resource over 650 individuals around the world with teaching materials and regular publications to enable them to teach and practice healthcare based on sound scientific knowledge and clinical skills, to consider the effects of illness on the whole person – body, mind and spirit – and to provide care with integrity and generous compassion.

In the UK press recently there has been lots of grumbling about access to doctors and our ‘crumbling’ NHS system. In reality almost all the time we can access free, top quality healthcare relatively easily without travelling miles from our homes. This is not the case in many parts of the world were access to healthcare facilities and access for continued professional education may be rare or even non-existent.

In fact over a billion people worldwide lack access to even the most basic healthcare, often because there are no healthcare workers.

This year, as well as ongoing training programmes, PRIME are hoping to:

  • Make all our publications available electronically
  • Increase our training programmes for PRIME tutors, particularly in Africa and America
  • Expand our nurse training
  • Support a new GP diploma in Egypt, Nigeria and Uganda
  • Train and support university lecturers at medical schools in several countries, including Ethiopia and Swaziland
  • Further expand our work in the UK
  • Broaden the use of the Values Added programme in the UK and other countries
  • Engage further with healthcare chaplains, church and community leaders to provide access to healthcare for some of the poorest communities in the world
  • Expand our office-based support and resources team

Last year PRIME’s teaching programme would have cost most NGOs over £600,000 but thanks to PRIME’s wonderful volunteer tutors the charity’s turnover was just £102,000. A donation to PRIME goes a very, very long way.

Find out more about PRIME on their website www.prime-international.org

Bexhill High School will be running a careers fair for their Year 11 students on Wednesday 22nd October, 8.30am-10.30am (set up from 8am) and they are looking for an opportunity to introduce their students to some of the businesses that operate in our local area and for them to meet some of the Year 11 students as prospective employees of the future.bexhill-high-school

Research has shown that engagement with employers reduces the chance of a young person becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training), and the government’s most recent statutory requirement for Career Guidance and Inspiration in schools, places huge importance on the role of businesses in inspiring students and raising aspirations.

They would like to extend an invitation to our organisation, if anyone would like to have a stand at the careers fair so that they can promote their business and career paths to the students, raising awareness of the diversity of businesses that operate within our local area.

The school have asked if any business leaders  could spare two hours to talk to the students they would be really pleased to hear from them.


College receives 100 percent A Level pass rate following glowing Ofsted report earlier this year

Huge smiles all round could be seen on Sussex Coast College Hastings Sixth Form students this morning as the envelopes they have been eagerly awaiting were collected from the Station Plaza campus.

100% pass rates across the division means students such as Paul Butchard and Roisin McCormak are headed off to prestigious universities including UEA and Sussex University respectively.

59% of A2 level learners achieved A* to C grades. This year saw not only excellent results amongst A2 students, but once again, AS students scored higher than the national average with an 87% pass rate.

One student, Charlotte Hunter scored 100% on her Government Politics Exam. Charlotte said ‘I am so proud of this achievement, I expected to do well, but to get 100% in my exam is fantastic news.’

Charlotte also studied English Language and Literature, Psychology and History. A previous St Leonards Academy student, she plans to complete her A Levels at SCCH before going on to apply for Oxford University.

Head of Faculty for Sixth Form and Professional Studies at Sussex Coast College Hastings, Jim Sharpe said ‘the results reflect the hard work and dedication of staff and students this year. The results increase year on year and are continually above the national average. I want to offer huge congratulations to everyone who has achieved their targets. Well done. ’

Are you great with words and have a passion for football? Then you might be very interested in applying for this unique opportunity.

We’ve been asked by local media agency i-Jam Media to let you all know that their client www.hitc.com (Here is the City) is offering three paid internships during the world cup. This is an excellent opportunity to get your writing skills across to million of visitors to the site and work for a globally recognised news site from home!

Here’s the overview:


HITC are looking for World Cup interns. Interested? Then apply today

HITC have a maximum of 3 paid internships up for grabs for the duration of the World Cup, and are running a competition for individuals interested in working with one of football’s fastest-growing websites.

They are looking for talented individuals who can demonstrate a sound general knowledge of football, have excellent writing and analytical abilities, and a strong social media footprint.

HITC’s successful football franchise launched just two years ago,  and now has between 10-15m visits a month with writers in Australia, France, Mexico,  Mongolia, Sweden, the UK and the United States.

Interested candidates should simply send in an email to vic.daniels@hereisthecity.com with the subject line: HITC World Cup Intern Competition.

Further details will then be provided.

Deadline for entries – Friday, 23rd May, 2014

Are you a creative professional keen to share some of your insights with young people and inspire the next generation? The Creative Cafe, jointly developed by Culture Shift and Young Enterprise and hosted by the De La Warr Pavilion would like to hear from you.

The Creative Cafe  is aimed at young people 14-16, this Cafe throws a spotlight on creative enterprise. Creative Cafés – are

The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill on sea

The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill on sea is hosting the Creative Cafe.

informal and lively networking events for creative industry professionals, young people and educators. They are facilitated by an expert and allow for maximum creative communication between all participants. Up to 75 young people from schools in Hastings, Bexhill on Sea and Eastbourne are due to attend.

What kind of Creative professionals are they looking for?

They are looking for a number of professionals willing to give up a half day to meet young people and talk about their careers, their passions and their business. Ideally they are looking for people working in design, digital media, visual arts, photography, film, craft and making, performance, music industry, live events, marketing and promotion.

Previous experience of working with young people is not essential, just a passion for your business or profession, a willingness to share your expertise and insight into making a living as a creative professional.

The Creative Cafe provides the morning programme of a full day event designed to inform and inspire young people about what it takes to develop a creative enterprise.

If you are interested in taking part, or want to find out more about the Creative Cafe then please contact Catherine Orbach at Culture Shift on 07796 306995 or email here here.