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9 hospitality and catering students visited South Lodge Hotel in Horsham last week to learn top cookery tips from their expert chefs.

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Students from the Level 3 Hospitality Supervision course joined Level 4 Hospitality management students for an afternoon at the 5* luxury retreat in Horsham. The group were given a guided tour of the country house hotel, including their high-tech wine tasting cellar, were able to discuss career opportunities and join Executive chef Lewis Hamblet and Head chef Ian Swainson for cookery demonstrations in their luxury 3AA Rosette restaurant, The Pass.

Lewis and Ian invited the group into their unique ‘in-kitchen’ to show them techniques on how to prepare and cook fish, tip on how to use taste and smell to match ingredients, and show them a few creative ways to present food.

The students were also in prime position to see the chefs make a horseradish snow using liquid nitrogen.

The ‘in-kitchen’ offers diners a unique experience to be seated along the length of the kitchen on a row of high tables with LCD screens strategically placed so that they can see a 360-degree view of the chefs at work.

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The afternoon was part of the Springboard programme, supported by Sussex Coast College, designed to help students make a smooth transition from education and into employment.

The college has worked with the charity, Springboard, for a number of years to give students the opportunity to see the industry in practice and raise their aspirations.

Jeff Jordan, Hospitality and Catering lecturer, said: “It is fantastic to visit South Lodge Hotel. The hotel is magnificent, and the tips that they students have got from Lewis and Ian are invaluable.

The partnership that we have with Springboard is really valuable. We often have the opportunity to visit well established hotels and restaurants in the South East and London – many of which have work experience placements that our students are able to take advantage of.”

Jennifer Dance, Human Resources Manager, said: “We were delighted to welcome hospitality students from Sussex Coast College to South Lodge. Getting out to see the industry in reality is so valuable, and we’re always happy to show off our Hotel.”

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Another group of unemployed young people from across Hastings and Rother successfully graduated from the Prince’s Trust Team programme at Sussex Coast College last week.

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The programme, which is in its eighth term, wished the 11 youngsters a fond farewell after three months of social action projects, team-building, personal discovery and making new friends.

The group came together for one final project as they told friends and family about the life changing journey they’d been on for the past 14 weeks. The Mayor, Deputy Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff were present to congratulate the students on their achievements and present them with their Certificates of Employment, Teamwork and Community skills.

During the programme the group travelled to Ashdown Forest to spend the week living independently, as well as try their hand at rock climbing, canoeing and a sponsored abseil.

Once the group had returned to Hastings they started working on a number of social action projects to build their team work skills and help to make a positive difference in the local community.


They rolled up their sleeves to help Hastings Court Care Home resident, Fred Day, spruce up his ‘Garden of Love’. The team spent 3 weeks, come rain or shine, digging out old plants, tiding paths and planting daffodil bulbs. The young people also produced some original artwork to brighten up the corridors and help residents with dementia to reminisce.

The Team put on an art workshop at the Mencap Open Doors Project in St Leonards-On-Sea, threw a Christmas party for college students with disabilities, and made Christmas wreaths with local care home residents.

Team 8’s final project was to purchased items to build a large Christmas Hamper, which they donated to local charity, Surviving Christmas, ahead of their Christmas Hamper deliveries to families and individuals in need this winter.

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Helen Bowler, Team Leader Prince’s Trust said: “Too many young people are struggling to find a job, and these young people are living proof that it is possible to turn your life around – no matter what background you’ve had. Over the last 14 weeks we have seen the Team learn new skills, form friendships and give something back to their local community. They have created the foundations to enable them to move forward in their lives and gain employment. We are very proud of their achievements”

The Prince’s Trust programme is free to anyone aged 16-25 and not in work or education. The college is currently looking to recruit for the next Team programme which starts on Monday 9th January 2017. If you would like to join Team 9 then please register your interest: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Tabetha Collins will represent Sussex Coast College Hastings in the regional heat of the 2017 Sparks UK Electrical Apprentice of the year competition.

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The search for the UK’s next Electrical Apprentice of the year got underway at SCCH’s Ore Valley campus last week, when Level 2 and Level 3 students competed in an Electrical competition to decide who would be selected for the regional heat in February.

The students put their skills to the test in the Electrical Workshop to fly the flag for SCCH at Uxbridge College in the New Year.

Reuben Hart finished in third place, Andrew Austin was the runner-up in second place, and Tabetha came out on top. All three students received certificates for their efforts and outstanding performance throughout the year so far.

Richard Nesbitt Reuben Hart Andrew Austin

Tabetha will proudly represent Sussex Coast College at the regional heat, and compete against students from other colleges in the South East on Thursday 16th February.

The winner of the South East regional heat will then compete against the top student from each of the other regions over a two day event on 8th & 9th March 2017; with the winner being crowned ‘2017 Sparks UK Electrical Apprentice of the Year’.

Paul May, Electrical Installations Lecturer, said: “It was a great competition, and everyone who took part did exceptionally well. But, Tabetha was a worthy winner. She is a first-class electrical student and a rising star in the electrical industry!

I’m sure she will do very well in the regional heat and we’re very proud that she will be representing the college.

She is one of only two full-time female electrical students currently enrolled on our electrical installation courses, and is an excellent role model to other girls and young women thinking about becoming an electrician.”

Maths Challenge

The UK Maths Challenge held its latest round of competition at the beginning of November, and 26 students from Sussex Coast College Hastings took part.

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The 26 competitors were made up of first and second year A-Level maths students, who sat the 90 minute, 25 multiple choice question, exam on Tuesday 8th November at the college.

The students received their results a week later and were able to celebrate some fantastic scores, as two students achieved gold certificates, four students were awarded silver certificates and sixteen students gained the bronze award.

To top their Gold achievements, Year 13 students, Dillon Piggot and Roy Simamora were also awarded the ‘Best in Class’ accolade for their highest scores of 88. Year 12 student, Louis Jo Jones also walked away with a ‘Best in Class’ certificate to go with the silver award that he won.

The UK Maths Challenge is an annual competition for young people across the UK, which last year more than 675,000 entries from over 4,500 different schools and colleges entered.

Ashish Gupta, Mathematics lecturer, said: “The maths challenge is a great way to test your skills in maths and I’m delighted and proud of the students’ achievements. Nationally, the top 60% of students in the senior category receive a certificate, so it is very pleasing to see so many of our students being awarded certificates.”

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A caring 15-year-old has been named Outstanding Young Person of the Month.

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Lauren Furbey, who goes to Helenswood Academy, volunteers to look after people with learning and physical disabilities at Streatfield House in St Leonard's.

She was nominated for the award by her mum, Paula, who said: “As part of Lauren’s Health & Social Care course she did a week’s work experience at Streatfield House. She enjoyed it so much that she asked if she could go back to do voluntary work at the weekends.

Since then Lauren has volunteered to help out at Streatfield House for three hours every week.

Paula added: “The manager has told me that the residents really look forward to seeing Lauren each week and the time she spends with them means a great deal to them. She has the most amazing caring nature for someone of her age. It first became evident when she was just 12 years old when she helped to look after her Nan who had lung cancer and who sadly died in 2013.”

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: “Lauren’s caring nature is obvious and I’m sure the volunteering she does at Streatfield House makes a difference to the people she helps. I was pleased to meet her to present the award.”

As part of her award, Lauren will receive a complimentary meal for two and a £100 donation is being made to Cancer Research.

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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Sussex Coast College Hastings has been recognised for providing exceptional support to dyslexic students after being awarded the British Dyslexia Association Quality Mark last week.

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Sussex Coast College is one of the only colleges in East Sussex to be awarded the accreditation for their excellent standards and support they offer to students with dyslexia.

Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling and is estimated to affect 1 in 10 people in the UK.

Kay Zukor, SpLD Tutor said: “We already have a number of qualified specialist staff who support and teach our dyslexic students, and we already demonstrated many of the criteria needed to gain the quality mark. I was keen to celebrate and champion the fact that we are dyslexia specialists, and the BDA mark confirms that.”

The British Dyslexia Association visited the College at the beginning of November. In order to achieve the quality mark the College had to achieve essential criteria in 5 standards, ranging from appropriately qualified staff to differentiated teaching and learning in the classroom.

Vicky Chainey, Head of Student Support Services said: “The quality mark demonstrates a positive commitment to meeting the needs of young people with dyslexia. We are a centre of excellence and have an approach to learning that embraces diversity, improving the experience of all students within the College.”

To find out more about the College’s learning support, please contact Student Services on 01424 458475 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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