News, an exciting new online jobs board promoting employment and training advice in Hastings and Rother, launched this week. has won the backing of several major employers and colleges in its bid to offer quality local jobs, volunteer opportunities and valuable advice on training and education.

Hastings Direct, Sussex Coast College Hastings, Let’s Do Business Group, Parker Building Supplies, American Express and Heart FM have all signed up as partners with

The website will showcase jobs to local people in Hastings, Battle, Newhaven, Eastbourne, Rother, Rye, Battle and Tunbridge Wells while giving an affordable alternative for local recruitment. is part of the award-winning, the leading employment website for the region, founded in 2010 by Gary Peters, and which is credited for making a positive difference to the economy of Brighton and Hove.

He said: “The strength of sits in our partnership structure, bringing together key local employers and education providers to create a highly effective and affordable jobs board and a superb resource for advice on employment, skills and training.

“Our pan-Sussex reach allows us to target tens of thousands of candidates on behalf of hundreds of businesses and organisations, not only to offer jobs but also to highlight the numerous fund-raising and volunteer opportunities that exist.

“The core aim of is to benefit the local economy by working hand in hand  with the local community and our partners. We are incredibly excited to be bringing our unique approach to the employment sector of Hastings and Rother.”

Dan Shelley, Vice Principal Enterprise, Employment and Skills at Sussex Coast College Hastings, said: “Sussex Coast College is proud to be a founding partner of as it provides a cost effective way of better linking employers seeking staff with local people looking for work.

“With so many uses, really is more than a jobs board. The College supports over 5000 local people gain skills and qualifications each year and we feel that the site will be invaluable resource to this incredible talent pool, be they young people looking for their first job, an unemployed adult seeking a new opportunity or a career changer looking for a new challenge.

“ will plug a gap locally with a cost effective solution for employers to advertise their vacancies. As a major employer in the area, with nearly 400 employees, we also see the site as a critical resource for us to recruit local, talented people. By linking these two audiences together the site will ensure that more people find out and apply for local jobs – and that can only be good for the local economy.” is different in many ways from other job boards. Employers can post job vacancies for only £99 + vat which are then advertised for 28 days, helping businesses reduce recruitment costs.

Candidates can search the job board free of charge and apply directly for the job opportunities that are advertised because posts include details of the recruiter. will also deliver the same Charity Initiative scheme that has proved so successful in Brighton and Hove. The scheme works by supporting a number of chosen local charities by offering free job posts and advertising and help with fundraising activities.

For more information visit or for any employment and training related questions, contact the team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call on 01424 307 105.


 The Macmillan Coffee Morning at SCCH

Sussex Coast College Hastings became competitive this Friday, with a bake sale bake off in aid of Macmillan, raising over £600 for the charity.

Competitors spent the evening baking their entries, before bringing them in for the final showdown on Friday morning.

Amongst the 23 entries were cakes ranging from flourless mint chocolate brownies, apple cake, carrot cake, ginger cake, chocolate fudge cake, Guinness cupcakes and many more.

The panel of Judges included Student President Rob Tyson, Vice Principal of Enterprise, Employment and Skills, Dan Shelley and SCCH governor, Mr Vic Kempner.

Each cake was presented to the panel and scored on strict criteria including aroma, volume, general appearance, taste and texture.

Alongside the cake sale was a raffle, apple bobbing, pin the tail on the donkey, guess the sweets in the jar, face painting and biscuit decorating for the children. Coast restaurant also hosted a tea party to raise money for the charity.

The joint winners were Sheree France with her entry titled ‘Green Velvet Cheesecake cake’ and Lindsey Dore’s cake, the ‘Macmillan Coffee Cup Cake.’ Both entries received Coast Restaurant vouchers as a well-deserved prize.

Highly commended was Matthew Pitt’s entry, earl grey tea cake, which was described by Dan Shelley as “bursting with tea flavour.”

SCCH governor Mr Vic Kempner commented ‘The cakes were all very impressive; it shows the talent of staff and students around the college.’

Dan Shelley, Vice Principal of Enterprise, Employment and Skills concluded “I’m not sure I could be a cake judge every day…stuffed!”

It looks like we have a vacancy on the judging panel for next year…



thomas cook students


This Thursday (26th September) 20 Level Three Travel and Tourism students from Sussex Coast College Hastings visited various foreign exchange departments in Hastings town centre, as part of their Foreign Exchange module.

The SCCH students visited various foreign exchange outlets, such as Thompson, Royal Mail and HSBC to ask questions on currency exchange and rates.

Charlotte Hine, Foreign Exchange Manager of Thomas Cook in Hastings, invited the group of students in to the Hastings branch, to answer questions and show the students examples of security and till procedures.

The students asked questions on money laundering, popular currencies, rate of exchange and discussed anticipated demand, the amount of currency for which a branch can hold in stock. The questions provoked discussion and Charlotte was able to give the students examples of working practice.

Level 3 student Georgina Ashmore said “today we have experienced the customer service side of foreign exchange. It has been a great experience to learn outside of the classroom, thanks to Charlotte, Thomas Cook and our tutor Kim Stevens, for organising the trip.”

Thomas Cook Foreign Exchange Manager, Charlotte Hine added “It was a pleasure to discuss foreign exchange procedures with the students from Sussex Coast College. The girls asked intelligent questions, looked lovely and behaved very professionally.”




On the 15th November, the Atrium at Sussex Coast College Hastings will be filled with interactive games and sporting challenges for College staff, students and the local community. Situated in the heart of Hastings, the College is an easily accessible venue and the event will host activities suitable for the whole family to enjoy.

Sports students are organizing and hosting this sporting bonanza event, with an aim to contribute to the millions raised each year for Children in Need, whilst promoting awareness of the incredible work the charities do to, help children across the UK and worldwide.

Hastings is proud to be the host of the prestigious mini golf world championships, and also boasts the national governing body of Table Tennis. SCCH will be celebrating both of these local activities to raise money for Children in Need, along with a variety of carnival games. There will be something for everyone to enjoy.

The bonanza will be running throughout the middle of the day, starting at 11am and finishing at 3pm. A small donation will be asked to take part in the games and small prizes can be won. There will also be a bake sale throughout the day with a wide-range of treats to indulge in.

Sport Event Organising Committee Member, Louisa James, commented ‘We are really excited and proud to be organising this event at the College for such a great cause. We hope everyone will come along to support Children in Need, and to have fun too.’



Tony Cambell low res

A warm welcome to Sussex Coast College Hastings for the academic year 2013/14.

As the new chair to the Corporation, since April I have experienced a busy few months but I am enjoying every minute. It is always exciting to see the new students enrolling at the start of a new academic year as it breathes new life into the college community.

Whilst you were hopefully enjoying a relaxing summer break, staff and tutors were working diligently preparing for this academic year, to make sure it proceeds smoothly and is enjoyable for everyone within the college.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all new staff to the college, but specifically to welcome the new Clerk to the Corporation, Sarah Connerty.

I will also take this opportunity to say a goodbye and thank you to all previous staff and students and wish them well in their future careers. I would especially like to thank Louise O’Byrne, our previous Clerk to the Corporation, who left at the end of August to take up a post with the NHS.

As your Principal Clive Cooke has mentioned, we have received the 2012/13 A-level results and I am delighted to report that this year has seen further success for Academy 6, with a success rate of 100%.

On behalf of the Governing Body, I would like to congratulate all our students and staff who have worked so hard to achieve these results. I assure all staff and students that they have the Corporation’s full support as they endeavour to achieve their personal and academic targets throughout the Academic year.

I wish you all the best in your studies and hope the academic year 2013/14 will be as successful as 2012/13.

Tony Campbell OBE KSG FRSA






This Sunday (22nd September) a team of 8 staff members from Sussex Coast College Hastings took part in ‘It’s a Knock Out’, a day of fun and fundraising at Horntye Park.

Dressed as cats and dogs, the team came 15th in an action packed afternoon, which saw teams battling it out for the title of Knockout Champions. Amongst the weird and wacky events, the team had to jump through 50-foot-long inflatables and ‘swimming’ through buckets of soapy water on a bouncy castle. Side stalls, craft stalls, quizzes, wacky races and a treasure hunt kept the family entertained, with many choosing to bring a picnic to enjoy the atmosphere.

The event was in aid of the Sara Lee Trust, which provides complementary therapies, counselling and creative therapies to people in Hastings and Rother living through cancer and other serious illness.

Kristine Dale, Learning Standards Manager for Hair and Beauty said ‘We had such a fun afternoon, jumping through hoops and skidding through bubbles, all for a good cause too. ’

Last year’s event, held at the end of July, raised £1,500 for the Sara Lee Trust and St Michael’s Hospice, with 17 teams taking part despite bad weather on the day. This year, 20 teams took part and totals raised for the Sara Lee Trust will be announced soon.


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