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General Dynamics held an apprenticeship recruitment day at Sussex Coast College Hastings earlier this month.

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Building on the success of the last few years, Sussex Coast College and Sussex Downs College, under their newly formed partnership, Sussex Skills Solutions, have teamed up with General Dynamics again this year, to help the avionics and tactical communications manufacturer find two new apprentices.

The Sussex Skills Solutions apprenticeship team met with representatives from General Dynamics at the Ore Valley campus to put 8 keen candidates through their paces. The candidates had the opportunity to impress bosses during a fifteen minute interview, an engineering aptitude test, and an English and maths assessment.

The candidates, who had been shortlisted from applications to General Dynamics, were vying for two positions within the company, one, a Business and Administration position, and the other, an Electronic Engineering position; both with opportunities for progression onto a Higher Apprenticeship.

Joy Sheen, Human Resources Advisor at General Dynamics, said: “The morning was a great success and all the candidates did remarkably well. During the next stage of the recruitment process, we’ll invite five students in for a tour of the business and meet the management team, and from there, we’ll hopefully be able to offer the apprenticeship opportunities to two students for a September start.”

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A young fundraiser has scooped the Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award for completing a sponsored walk.

Ten year old Joshua Reed raised £91 for the Special Care Baby Unit at Conquest Hospital during a sponsored walk between Jerwood Gallery in Hastings and Glyne Gap in Bexhill.

His mum, Billie, joined him for the four mile trek as the hospital unit had looked after her for five days when she was pregnant with Joshua, who was born prematurely.

Joshua, who attends Guestling Bradshaw CE Primary School, wanted to raise the money to help to buy equipment to help other babies who are born early.

The Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award is sponsored by Sussex Coast College Hastings and the Hastings Observer Series.

The award is presented to someone aged 18 and under who has excelled in some way. This could be in sport, their academic studies, or if they have performed an important role on a voluntary basis in their own home or the wider community.

Justin Rollings, Head of Marketing and Communications at Sussex Coast College Hastings, said: “What a fantastic idea Joshua had to raise money for the maternity unit in recognition of the help they gave to his mum. It was quite a lengthy walk for a young lad so we congratulate him for his effort and are delighted we can add to his final fundraising figure.”

As part of his award, Joshua will receive a complimentary meal for two and a £100 donation will be made to the Special Care Baby Unit.

To nominate someone for the Outstanding Young Person of the Month Award, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details of who you are nominating and the reasons why.

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Rentokil Initial will be bringing two interactive pop-ups, ‘Pestaurant’ and ‘Hygiene Angels’ to Sussex Coast College next month.

Rentokil will set up their award-winning Pestaurant on Wednesday 14th June to give students and visitors the chance to try ‘entomophagy’ (the official name for insect eating) at their ‘mini-bug buffet’. Diners will be able to sample a range of edible insects, including buffalo worms, locusts, BBQ bamboo worms, flying termites and even ‘Frankenstein Fudge’.

Hygiene Angels promotes and educates on the importance of proper hand washing. Hygiene Angels was launched in July 2014 in London, setting a new world record for the number of hands and personal items swabbed during the course of an hour. Visitors to this pop-up will be given the chance to have their hands and belongings swabbed at the Initial Washroom Hygiene swabbing zone, to see how clean they really are.

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On the day, both pop-ups will be run from 10am – 2pm and will be located in the atrium of the college.

Dr Peter Barratt, Initial Washroom Hygiene, comments, “Personal items, such as phones, handbags and computers come into regular contact with our hands, and our Hygiene Angels pop-up highlights just how high the risk of cross-contamination is, how easily germs can spread from one surface to another and why we all need to take more responsibility to improve our hand hygiene.”

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Students from Sussex Coast College returned to college earlier this month with newly found skills after completing a four week work experience placement in Spain.

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7 students from the college travelled to Seville in Spain, along with students from Mid-Kent and West Kent colleges, after receiving funding from the European Union.

The successful bid, which secured funding from the Erasmus Plus project, enabled the students to spend 4 weeks in Spain, working in hotels, backpacking hostels, tapas restaurants, and for city tour companies.

The students stayed in apartments, just a short walk from the city centre, and were given their own independence as they had to cook for themselves, clean, and do their own laundry. The students worked 5 hours a day from Wednesday to Sunday, and had a range of activities laid on for them by 3SI, who helped to ensure the students had everything they needed while in Spain.

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Business students, Reef Atkinson and Rhys Hodd, worked at the Oasis Backpacker’s Palace and enjoyed working with and meeting lots of different people.

Rhys said: “We had a really nice variation of shifts, getting a good sense of what the business was all about. We would often work the morning shift to help serve breakfast to the guests, and we’d have the rest of the day free to explore the city.”

Reef said: “The tours that or 3SI had arranged for us were really enjoyable. We were given a history lesson as we cycled around the city; we visited the Guadalquivir Gardens, and went to the Plaza de Espana.”

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Catering students, Emily Carter and Annie Starr, worked in a popular tapas bar called Anojo. The pair helped head chef, Adrian, prepare lots of different tapas dishes, cooked with lots of traditional Spanish ingredients, and served in the restaurant.

Emily said: “Adrian was a great boss. We were well looked after as he helped us to settle in, taught us some Spanish, suggested some top sights to see on our days off, and he even gave us lunch now and again.”

Annie said: “Our apartment was really close to town and it was really easy to get to work. We had a lot of independence and as a group we planned weekly dinners, went to the supermarket together, and all cooked and ate together.”

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Dominique Hooper, Natasha Crosby and Alexa Loft also thoroughly enjoyed their time in Spain, helping them to make new friends and give them more of an idea about what they want to do after college.

Dominique, who studies catering, said: “It has definitely inspired me to travel and carry on in the catering industry. I’d love to work abroad in a restaurant gaining as much experience of different foods and cultures as I can.”

Natasha, who studies business, said: “Seville is such a beautiful city. It has amazing architecture and has such a relaxed feel to it. The whole culture of the city is a lot different to the UK. We would often have lunch at 4pm or 5pm, and sometimes go out for dinner at around 10pm, where they would still be serving food late into the night.”

Alexa, a catering student, said: “The whole experience was amazing and I would definitely do it again if I could. The 7 of us rarely saw each other at college before the trip, but thanks to the four weeks, we came back to college having made some really great friends.”

The college secured €409,000 from the Erasmus Plus project to enable 8 groups of students to travel to Spain over the next two years. The college has also recently submitted another successful bid to secure €750,000, which will fund a further 12 trips.

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Last month, GCSE English students had the opportunity to see their studies come to life as they enjoyed a theatre production of ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’.

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Ginificent, a travelling theatre company, came to the college on Wednesday 26th April to deliver an exciting and dynamic production of the 19th Century Gothic classic.

The hour long performance, which featured a hand-made set and props, provided students with an alternative revision style, ahead of the up and coming GCSE exams in June.

After the production, students had the chance to ask the actors about the performance to get an insight into Victorian literature, helping them with their studies.

Louise Johnston, Curriculum Area Manager for GCSE said: “It was a fabulous afternoon and Ginificent were magnificent. The students were gripped from the beginning and the performance laid out the story of misadventure and murder true to the original text.”

The interactive elements enabled the students to become part of the production giving them more than just a show; it gave valuable context and understanding to the text through a method like no other. It really was Gothic literature at its best.”

Check out more pictures from the performance on our Facebook page.

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Last Friday (5th May) Amber Rudd came to visit International students at Sussex Coast College Hastings.

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The Hastings and Rye prospective Parliamentary Candidate was invited to the college by the ESOL (English as a Second or Other Language) students as a thank you for welcoming them to the Houses of Parliament earlier this year.

Amber Rudd spoke to 60 students, all from different nationalities, and told them about her role as the local MP and Home Secretary, and discussed topics including British Values, Democracy, Individual Liberty, Rule of Law, and Respect and Tolerance, which is part of their current studies.

The students dressed in traditional clothing to welcome Amber to the college and were able to have a question and answer session towards the end of the afternoon.

Otto Haas, School of English Manager, said: “We’re all delighted that Amber was able to take us up on our invitation to come and visit us at college. The students really enjoyed their visit to the Houses of Parliament and wanted to invite Amber to the college to thank her for looking after them while they were there.”

Amber Rudd said: "I was very pleased to visit Sussex Coast College to speak to ESOL students about our democracy and values. Their enthusiasm for learning more about our communities was fantastic to see and I wish them the very best for their future studies."

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