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Station Plaza

Station Plaza is situated in the town centre, directly next to Hastings train station. Its large, light-filled atrium is part of 22,000 square metres of study spaces and social zones. Classrooms are equipped with the most up-to-date resources and each one has an interactive whiteboard. Students have 24/7 access to lessons and learning resources from home via wiki, podcasts and teacher / student blogs. Station Plaza also houses IT suites, a gym, performing arts and dance studios, an art gallery, a coffee shop, a training kitchen, a professional hair salon, a restaurant, a learning resource centre and audio-visual / media equipment.

Ore Valley

Less than a mile from Hastings town centre, this brand new site has 7,000 square metres of realistic working environments, workshops and ‘live build’ areas, where students build, wire, plumb, fit-out and decorate a full-size house in the central atrium. Students have access to the latest equipment and digital technology, a sports pitch, diner and coffee shop. The site is adjacent to Ore Valley train station, with Hastings town centre just one stop away.

The college also has two specialist centres:

  • The Motor Vehicle Centre, an accredited centre that specialises in teaching and learning car restoration, maintenance and repair. The Centre will soon deliver courses specialising in motor sports.
  • The Energy Centre specialises in keeping energy industry practitioners bang up to date with the latest technologies and innovations in their profession. The Centre brings together professionals and manufacturers from the gas, electrical and alternative energy industries, enhancing learning, the exchange of ideas and an ideal opportunity for networking.

Professional development

The College is committed to providing opportunities for all staff, whatever their role, to develop their competence and capability in a way that enables them to contribute effectively to the achievement of the College’s aims, and to support their own career development.

It is the role of all individuals, managers and Human Resources to ensure that the training and development needs of areas, teams and individuals are met, through the provision of:

  • Induction and mentoring arrangements which ensure that members of staff who are new to the College, and those newly promoted, are adequately prepared for and supported in their new roles.
  • Initial teacher training for all unqualified staff carrying out a teaching role.
  • A leadership and management development programme
  • In-house training and development activities related to the strategic priorities of the College.
  • Support for staff attendance at external events, where appropriate training is not available within the College.
  • Contribution to the costs of qualification training which is relevant to the needs of the College.

In addition, there are eight days throughout the academic year that are dedicated to the provision of staff development activities for all staff.

Teacher training

The Institute for Learning (IfL) is a professional body for teachers, trainers, tutors, student teachers and assessors in the further education sector.

The 2007 regulations mean that teachers, trainers, tutors and student teachers in the further education and skills sector have to register with the IfL and conduct continuing professional development (CPD).

New teachers will need to:

  • Register with the IfL
  • Undertake a teacher training programme
  • Undertake CPD

Full details of all these requirements are available at http://www.ifl.ac.ukwww.ifl.ac.uk

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