East Sussex College is now a £51m operation on five campuses in Hastings, Eastbourne, Lewes and Newhaven and is developing a skills strategy to support growth and innovation among employers.
Its goal is to give itself the scale and flexibility to design programmes around the investments that employers are planning to make, giving employers more flexibility in designing the development of their current and future workforce.
We’re aiming to become the engine room for education and skills in the countyDan ShelleyExecutive Director, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement.
‘We’re aiming to become the engine room for education and skills in the county,’ says Dan Shelley, Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement at East Sussex College.
Funding rules are now less strict, he says. ‘We have more flexibility in the system to match the expectations of employers and employees.’
‘Previously, you might only have been able to take an accredited course. Now we can link particular skills or competencies that require a qualification.’
There are so many positives to take out of the apprenticeship programme, in particular, the added energy it has created within our existing staff.David Moorat Cavendish Communications
On its five campuses, East Sussex pursues core disciplines in engineering, digital, healthcare, construction and business. It is also enhancing its capacity for higher levels of technical skills and for offering degrees in subjects such an engineering and computing.
East Sussex is already one of the South East’s largest trainers of apprentices. ‘We are busting the myth of what an apprenticeship is,’ says Shelley. ‘It is not just about an entry job. We have provision up to degree and master level.’
‘With us, employers can use funding to underpin their budget for developing their staff. For ventures coming into the county, apprenticeships can be a really cost-effective route.’
The college currently works with 700 employers. ‘We can design our programmes around their needs, whether they are looking for a lot of people now or whether they want a regular supply. We can develop a programme together or we can set it up ourselves.’
As an employer, apprenticeships allow you to enhance your workforce and introduce a fresh perspective to your business. To find out more about apprenticeships in East Sussex contact Sussex Skills Solutions.
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