Education and training in East Sussex
East Sussex has a broad and varied educational landscape which is a major factor for many employees when considering joining a company, retraining for a new role, or relocating to a new area.
Alongside our university offering, East Sussex has a strong focus on on-the-job training through practical NVQ courses and apprenticeships, allowing students to progress their knowledge and experience at the same time whilst contributing to the local economy. There is also a spotlight on sector-focused retraining schemes for students and adults considering career changes.
East Sussex has two internationally ranked universities, University of Sussex and University of Brighton, with both their main campuses in Falmer. Between them, they provide companies with the potential to access a talent pool of over 36,000 students, including 8,000 postgraduates and over 5,000 international students, drawn from more than 150 different countries.
The universities also make a significant contribution to the local and regional economy, employing 4,800 staff and directly contributing just under £1bn to the economy each year.
Both institutions work in close partnership with local businesses and employers to help prepare students for their future within local companies. This level of collaboration is also present between business and our further education providers who offer a wide range of courses and apprenticeships. East Sussex College Group consists of five main campuses – two in Hastings, one in Eastbourne, one in Lewes, and one in Newhaven.
The county also has a wide choice of pre-school, primary and secondary schools and some of the most respected fee-paying and state-funded schools in the country including many alternative educational choices for parents considering a move to East Sussex.
Apprenticeships in East Sussex
Apprenticeships offer a great opportunity for businesses and employees, allowing them to be able to work and study simultaneously, with 80% of time being on-the-job training (80%), and the rest dedicated to getting a nationally recognised qualification (20%).
East Sussex acts as a real advocate for Apprenticeships as employing apprentices can not only help businesses with turnover, increase staff morale, and improve efficiency but also open training sessions enable the apprentice to see the bigger picture when it comes to the industry, they work in. There are also various grant programmes and funding available to employers, to incentivise the employment of apprentices, upskilling the local workforce and ensuring the right skills are available for the local economy.
The Sussex Council of Training Providers is a community of training providers that offer apprenticeships, work-based learning or pre-employment training in Sussex. They work with employers to grow their businesses by giving them the opportunity to network with other businesses and key partners operating within the skills sector, and represent training providers in Sussex to promote education and training opportunities to schools, local community groups, and business networks, via the Apprenticeships in Sussex website.
Education and Training Institutions East Sussex
University Of Sussex
The University of Sussex is a highly successful, research-intensive university, at the forefront of new ideas, knowledge and expertise.
Over 90 per cent of Sussex research activity was rated as world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised, confirming the University among the leading 30 research universities in the UK.
Each academic school is working on new ideas that can provide significant benefits to organisations. From English to Psychology, and from Mathematics to Music, there is a world of expertise available.
East Sussex College
East Sussex College offers a range of courses including A-Levels, Technical and Professional courses (including the new T-Level programmes), Apprenticeships and inclusive learning options in a huge range of subject areas.
It has three campuses in East Sussex, in Hastings, Lewes, and Eastbourne.
Offering excellent facilities and a practical approach to learning, the teaching staff are well qualified, many with industry experience to guide progression and highlight career opportunities.
Bexhill & Brighton
Dv8 Sussex is a specialist college offering young people aged 16-18 personalised, industry-led training in the most vibrant & exciting creative sectors. Through practical project based learning its students gain real-life experience to develop skills in a supportive and ambitious environment, where there are continual opportunities to work and think differently.
They have campuses in Bexhill and Brighton
University of Brighton
The University of Brighton is a complex and diverse institution based in two locations across the south coast of England, Brighton and Eastbourne.
Offering a variety of courses, taught by experienced tutors, the universities ethos is based on 4 core values: inclusivity, sustainability, creativity and partnership.
Brighton is in the top 50 universities in England for graduate prospects – reflecting the number of our graduates who are in highly skilled employment or further study 15 months after they graduate.
Bexhill 6th Form College
Bexhill College is a Sixth Form College with a long history of offering excellent post-16 education. In addition to A Levels, Bexhill 6th Form College also offers an exciting range of Level 3 and Level 2 vocational courses as well as Higher Education Level 4 provision.
Providing top quality education to students between 16 and 19 years old, Bexhill 6th Form is a specialist college and is therefore able to provide an outstanding range of courses and services, sharing a reputation for good results, strong relationships between staff and students, and excellent support services.
The leader in land and environment education and training for the South East. Plumpton College is a longstanding institution that focuses on agricultural-based courses, building skills and knowledge on how to sustain and nurture animals, the land, and the environment.
Plumpton is well known for being the UK’s centre for excellence in wine; offering first-class education, training and research. Plumpton College offers industry training for vineyards and wineries in its WineSkills extension programme.
Screen and Film School
With state-of-the-art facilities, dedicated industry lecturers and central locations in the heart of three filmmakers’ cities; Birmingham, Brighton and Manchester, Screen and Film School’s mission is to deliver practical courses and train the next generation of filmmakers wishing to enter the film industry.
Brighton is a hub for the arts. The blend of urban architecture and free-spirited community make it ideal for breathtaking filming locations and inspired storytelling. It hosts key industry events such as Cinecity, Brighton Festival, Brighton Fringe, The Great Escape and more.
The Brighton Academy
The Brighton Academy opened its doors to its first class of Full-Time Performing Arts students in September 2011. With four successful West End performers leading the way. Its courses are aimed at presenting the industry with individuals who are not only talented and professionally trained, but also well-equipped, both physically and mentally, to face the inevitable challenges they’ll encounter as they break into the business.
The Brighton Academy offers a comprehensive performing arts and musical theatre curriculum at degree, foundation and postgraduate levels.
East Sussex College Training Hub
Innovative and forward-thinking courses have been designed to upskill and provide the resources to support a more sustainable future.
A new specialist Training Hub in greener technologies will support local authorities, businesses, construction employers and homeowners to improve insulation and installing green energy products ranging from solar, and micro-wind installations to house-refitting and heat pump technology, in both commercial properties and housing reducing energy consumption.
Investment in Education
Skills East Sussex
East Sussex County Council is committed to improving the delivery of skills for engineering, construction, health and social care, creative, digital and media and land-based sectors.
Skills East Sussex (SES) is the county’s strategic body for employment and skills. The group aims to drive an improvement in local employment and skills in order to increase economic prosperity in East Sussex. Using a firm evidence base, it agrees and sets priorities, and provides direction for the county’s approach to employment and skills.
To support the work of its Enterprise Advisers, they are looking for dynamic and enthusiastic Industry Champions to work directly with young people in the County on a range of activities. Their aim is to build a network of Industry Champions that can represent an array of job roles and career paths from all industries and in particular the county’s priority sectors. Industry Champions will be individuals working at any level be it as CEOs, sole traders, freelancers, or apprentices, who have an interest in sharing their experience of work and promoting their industry.
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