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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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Hastings Business Improvement District would like to invite all business owners, operators and managers to the next series of open BID consultation meetings.

This event will be taking place on Monday 14th March 6pm-7.30pm at the Sussex Coast College.

To find out more or confirm attendance, contact rob.woods@idbgroup.co.uk , or alternativelymailto:matthew@reviveandthrive.co.ukBusiness Improvement District


Ashley Allwood was made homeless at 16 and moved around sometimes staying in hotels or night shelters. He often lived out of a burgan, only taking what he could carry and had little in the way of people and personal belongings in his life. During this time he had the odd job, but nothing he could maintain due to his circumstances which would mean that he would often lose the job and then his accommodation and would end up back at square one.Ashley Allwood

After meeting a girl Ashley moved to Berlin where they lived together for a year and a half, but due to a lack of available work and Ashley’s difficulties with the language, the relationship failed and he returned to the UK.

This for Ashley was the turning point having returned to the UK, he decided to go back to college and undergo a BTEC in Art and Design at Sussex Coast College Hastings, as he had always had an affiliation, passion and skill within the arts and he felt it was the right time to have a shot at achieving his long-term goal of being a Graphic Designer.

In 2012 Ashley came to Hastings and secured his first flat through Homeworks and started studying. During this year he achieved seven A grades and ‘Student of the year’, as well as putting in an application to The University of Brighton at SCCH to join the Graphic Communication FDA, for which he was accepted. He studied on this course for two years, passing with a Merit and undertaking a few freelance projects to aid his Professional Practice as well as starting his own small market-based business selling prints and art materials.

In 2015 he then progressed on to the BA Top Up for Art and Design, where he sought to hone his skills in Graphic Design, develop his knowledge and develop himself as a Designer as much as possible.

Finally, after deciding that he was in a position to look for work and applying for many Graduate and Junior Design jobs throughout the UK and going to a  number of interviews, Ashley received a call offering him a position as a Graphic Designer and Photographer and is now working for an international sports company and finishes his BA course in June.





The annual Hastings jobs fair returns on the 26th February 2016 and is being held at Sussex Coast College.

Local MP Amber Rudd has run the free entry jobs fair for the past five years and this year alongside jobs on offer they are also focusing on apprenticeships.

So far there are 25 companies and organizations attending so will be a great day for those that are looking for work or are interested in being an apprentice.

If you are looking to employ or offer an apprentice position within your company, then you may also be able to exhibit on the day. You can call the event organizers, Events Office on 01424 441833.

Alternatively you can have a look on the events site here.

Students from Sussex Coast College Hastings are celebrating after achieving outstanding A-Level results again this August. 

The college saw almost all subjects gaining 100% pass rate with a 6% increase on A*- C grades from last year; a huge improvement in tough times for further education.

SCCH students secured an exceptional pass rate on the range of A-Level subjects offered by the college, with over a third of students gaining A*-B grade at A2 level.

Art & Design, English and Mathematics did exceptionally well, with nearly all students achieving grades A*- C, ensuring students secured places at top Universities across the UK.

Ben Tomkins was amongst the most relieved student in the room, securing his place at Falmouth University to study Film in September. ‘I have been up all night worrying about my results. I am so relieved to have secured my place at Falmouth to study film. I will be celebrating tonight!’

Jim Sharpe, Head of Sixth Form at SCCH said ‘Our learners and teachers have worked extremely hard for this success and we are delighted with their achievements in both the first and second year of the programmes. SCCH would like to congratulate all students on their outstanding achievements this year.’

Principal, Clive Cooke said ‘The excellent results provide compelling evidence that Sussex Coast College Hastings is the place to study A-Levels. Our teaching is outstanding and the results reflect this.’

Sussex Coast College has seen an increase in applications for A-Level courses over recent months and is about to start enrolments for the new academic year.

The new Pitman Training Centre recently opened at Sussex Coast College in Hastings and aims to develop a clear path for career progression. There are both Centre-based and home-learning options, meaning students can visualize their end goals.

Students get the opportunity to arm themselves with the skills that employers expect. The Centre offers programmes that are specific to each individual, helping in areas such as office skills, PA and secretarial, keyboard and touch typing, business and management, finance and accounting, web and graphic design, self and career development and IT and Microsoft Office training.

Training with Pitman means that there are flexible hours to work around other commitments and support from course advisors in person as well as by email and telephone.

Over 70% of the students get a job within 6 months of completing a course and there is a 98% pass rate for a range of diplomas. There are a number of diplomas, training awards, courses and seminars from which certain programmes will result in an internationally recognised qualification. This includes AAT, CILEX, City and Guilds/AMSPAR, CompTIA and MCSA.

Contact: Judith Vandepeer Delgado,
Pitman Centre Manager
Station Plaza Campus, Sussex Coast College Hastings, 
Station Approach, 
 East Sussex, 
TN34 1BA

Email: ptchastings@pitman-training.net

Phone: 01424 458494

For the Facebook page click here.

Twitter: @PitmanHastings


The annual Hastings Jobs Fair, will be returning to the Sussex Coast College Hastings. on Friday 27th March, 10 till 3.  This will be the fourth year the event has been running for in the town.

Amber Rudd MP, who is the host of the event said:

“I am delighted to be hosting my fourth jobs fair in Hastings. Last year we had 30 local businesses with a total of 160 vacancies on offer.”

“There has been a 44% fall in unemployment since May 2010 when I was first elected as your MP, from 3,502 claimants to 1,959 in January 2015. There has also been a 48% fall in youth unemployment. Whilst these figures are excellent news, we cannot be complacent.  I recognise that it can be difficult to find a job if you don’t know what opportunities are available, if you feel you need to improve your skills or if you haven’t been in work for some time. This is why I am continuing to hold my jobs fairs for the people of Hastings that are still finding work hard to find.”

Last year 26 job seekers were recruited at the fair and 143 followed up on apprenticeship training schemes.

Comments from the exhibiting companies were extremely positive about the whole event.

Lloyds TSB ‘Fantastic event and great for networking.’

Sainsburys ‘A great opportunity to engage with people face to face. We successfully recruited from the day.’

Avanta, ‘Made great new connections and secured business in excess of our expectations.’

We expect this to be the best year yet and would like you to be a part of it if: you have vacancies to fill, apprenticeship or training schemes please contact us on: 01424 441833 or visit the web site: http://www.hastingsjobsfair.co.uk for more details.


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.




Grace Isted is a 25 year old single mum to two girls. After training as an actress at stage school, Grace had her two children and found herself as a single mum living in Rye. Working in a bar and on benefits, Grace felt down and trapped about her life. She knew she wanted more and was capable of more so she started looking at Sussex Coast College Hastings for courses she could enrol onto.

Grace found a Beauty Therapy course which interested her and realised 24+ loans were available to her.

24+ Loans

‘Doing this course has completely changed my life’ says Grace.

‘Applying for the 24+ loan was easy, I came to the college for my interview and the tutor took me straight down to the student services team who were fantastic. They made it clear which part of the forms I had to fill in and which letters and certificates I needed to bring them. It couldn’t have been quicker or easier, thanks to them.’‘The money for the fees was paid straight to the college and I have had help with my childcare too. There is a nursery in the college and I haven’t had to pay towards the costs, which was my biggest worry when enrolling on the course.’‘The college couldn’t do enough to help me find a way, every issue I have had, the college has taken off my hands.’

Grace concluded, ‘I can’t say yet if I have financially benefited from coming back to college, but I can honestly say what it has done for my identity, confidence and self-worth has made it worth every minute. It has given me more than any financial gain, it has given me my life back whilst enabling me to still be a great mum to my girls.’

Grace has a 5 year plan, hoping to continue her Level 3, specialising in skin care, then gain experience for a year before going freelance and opening her own salon.

About 24+ Loans

  • You can apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to help with the costs of a college or training course if you’re 24 or older.
  • The course must have started on or after 1 August 2013 and be an eligible Level 3 or 4 course, e.g. A-Levels.
  • Loans have to be paid back but repayments don’t start until April 2016 and you won’t have to pay anything back until you earn more than £21,000 a year. The loan doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks.


There was moving Prince’s Trust Team One presentation at Sussex Coast College Hastings on Thursday 11th December.

Young people who had been placed on the 12 week programme saw the end of their time on the Prince’s Trust Team Programme being celebrated by members of the audience, including the Deputy Lord-Lieutenant, Mr Julian Avery, the Mayor of Hastings, Councillor Bruce Dowling, and other distinguished guests, friends and family.

Students took part in many experiences including a week away trying new things and learning how to work with others. For many, this was their first time away from home.princes-trust

The course also included work experience, CV writing, interview practice and helping out in the community. One student, Robin, commented, ‘I did things I didn’t think I would be able to do.’

Another student, Grace added, ‘I am proud of myself and my team for giving everything a go.’

Team leader Andy Dukes, added, ‘For these youngsters, the presentation today was the hardest part, but they have done it and I hope they are as proud of themselves as I am of them.’

Many team members had been passed on from ‘opt into’ courses or referred through the job centre with many planning to continue education at the college or go onto offered work placements.

Grace continued, ‘I never knew what I wanted to do with my life, but now I know I want to be a fire-fighter and I am going to join the Uniform Public Services course at SCCH, and focus on my maths and English.’

One student, Jake, who has gained a job from the experience, commented, ‘ During my time with the Prince’s Trust I have gained a lot more confidence and I have now gained myself a job in the place where I did my work experience part of the programme.’

Vice Principal Dan Shelley commented, ‘The presentation was amazing – really moving to hear the students stories. There were few dry eyes in the room.’