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Sussex Coast College Hastings is working towards the Investors in Careers quality standard to evidence their commitment to enhancing careers and providing impartial advice and guidance for young people.

The Investor in Careers award raises the standards of CEIAG (careers education, information, advice and guidance) across the country and helps to facilitate a successful transition from learning to work for students.

The award is one of the highest accolades an organisation can receive for excellence in this area, and means that the college will offer invaluable support to all students who attend Sussex Coast College Hastings, whether they are in Further Education, Higher Education or a community learner.

Vicky Chainey (Head of Student Support Services) and Hannah King (Student Services Manager) announced the commitment to achieving this at the November Open Evening at Station Plaza last Thursday.

Vicky Chainey said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the College and it is further evidence of the support that we already complete with young people; helping them to raise aspirations, take advantage of new opportunities, and realise their full potential in employment or Higher Education.”

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Two billion people are expected to be speaking or learning English by 2020, and with an emphasis from the Government to ensure that all workers in the UK have a competent level of English and maths; the need for high quality teachers, with internationally recognised English language teaching qualifications, has never been greater.

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Starting again in January, Sussex Coast College Hastings will be offering people the chance to qualify as a teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

The Certificate in TESOL qualification offers people the opportunity to learn the skills and knowledge they need to start teaching non-English speakers.

The 2011 census (ons.gov.uk) shows that almost 6% of people in the South East are non-English speakers – the fifth highest region behind London, West Midlands, East Midlands, and Yorkshire and Humber.

When looking at these figures more closely, the number of non-English speaking people in Hastings is just over 4%; meaning that there are approximately 4,500 people who speak very little or no English in the town.

Carrie Brooke-Mellor is a recent graduate from the Cert TESOL course at Sussex Coast College Hastings and says that the Cert TESOL course is such a rewarding experience and one of the best things she has done.

Carrie studied to become a qualified teacher of English to speakers of other languages at Sussex Coast College Hastings last year after being made redundant from her job as a secretary in a London School 2 year ago.

She decided to have a change of career and thought that teaching English would bring greater employment prospects, because of the growing number of language schools and visitors Hastings has each year.

Carrie said: “I had experience of teaching English after completing an online course, but I knew that the TESOL qualification would allow me to teach at a much higher standard.”

“I was delighted to find the course at SCCH and from the moment I enrolled, I knew it was the right decision. The tutors were extremely helpful and lectures were clear and enjoyable.”

“The work was hard but the tutors were always available to give advice and encouragement. One of the most valuable sections in my opinion was the 'Unknown language' module in which we attempted to learn Polish from a standpoint of being a complete beginner and this gave great insight as to how a learner must feel.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the course and it has been a wonderful journey. It is really rewarding when you see the progress that the students make with their English.”

Places on the Cert TESOL course at Sussex Coast College Hastings are now available and the course will start in January. The part-time course is certified by Trinity College London and runs over one day and one evening a week for 22 weeks.

If you have ever thought about becoming a teacher, or fancy a career change, then this is the perfect time to start the Trinity College London recognised qualification.

The course fees are significantly lower than studying at university and funding and financial support may be available.

Please click here or contact student services on 01424 488475 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more and to request an information pack.

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A new College project, that will offer Apprenticeships and skills training, has become the latest signing for Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club this season, when the company sponsored one of the 1901 Club lounges at the Amex Stadium.

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Sussex Skills Solutions, a newly formed venture between Sussex Coast College Hastings and Sussex Downs College, was launched this year to provide the ultimate solution to a business’ staffing and workforce needs.

The company uses the expertise of both colleges to help businesses across Sussex find apprentices, and provide their existing workforce with skills training.

The apprenticeships and skills training provider has sponsored the lounge at the American Express Community Stadium as it looks to strengthen its links with the football club and Albion in the Community, as well as build new relationships with employers and businesses who are part of the 1901 Club.

Sussex Skills Solutions is already working with a number of businesses in Eastbourne and Hastings and will look to expand in the autumn by opening a branch in Brighton.

Dan Shelley, Vice Principal: Enterprise, Employment and Skills at Sussex Coast College Hastings said: “Sussex Skills Solutions is proud to sponsor a lounge at the American Express Community Stadium and support the Albion.”

“We strive for excellence in the training arena and feel that we therefore share similar characteristics to the football club as they continue their strong start to the season and ambition to gain promotion to the Premier League.”

“We wish them the best of luck this season and hope that we can have a double celebration in May with the Seagulls promoted and Sussex Skills Solutions having had a successful first year.”

Paul Rogers, Commercial and Premium Partnerships Manager at Brighton and Hove Albion, said: “We are delighted to welcome Sussex Skills Solutions to our Partners portfolio, we are looking forward to working with Dan (Shelley) and Stephen Burkes (Director of Sussex Skills Solutions), to enhance the great work they are currently doing in the education and training sector.”

“Our partnership will help promote the apprenticeship scheme to our growing list of Partners and Sponsors in the Sussex area and ultimately full time employment.”

Please visit www.sussexskillssolutions.co.uk for more information about skills training, apprenticeships and apprenticeship vacancies, or to request an application pack. Alternatively you can call 030 300 39777 to speak to one of the team.

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Our very own Head of Marketing, who walked the Three Peaks Challenge back in June, has raised over £800 for charity.

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Justin Rollings decided to tackle the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for the mental health charity, Mind.

Justin scaled Ben Nevis in Scotland, travelled over-night to climb Scafell Pike in England, before heading to Wales to climb Snowdon on Sunday morning; completing the challenge in under 24 hours.

The Three Peaks Challenge covers a distance of 27 miles and a hefty 3,000 meter climb. Colleagues, friends and family sponsored Justin to complete his challenge and helped to make and sell cakes during a bake sale at the college; which raised £210 towards the total.

One in four people experience a mental health problem each year, and Mind works to give people support and advice. Last year, the charity spent over £20million on delivering charitable work. 79p of every £1 raised, goes on charitable activities such as keeping the Info-line open and campaigning for better services.

Justin was motivated to undertake the challenge after volunteering for the charity last summer in Bexhill.

Justin said: "It was a really tough challenge, but very worthwhile to raise such a great total. I wanted to try and find a way to help raise further awareness of this important charity and the Three Peaks seemed the best way. We will probably all experience some kind of mental health problem in our lives and I feel that it's really important to lift the lid on this often hidden illness. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated."

A spokesperson from Mind said: “Thank you to Justin and everyone who sponsored him. Your support is going to make a huge difference and we really appreciate it. You should feel very proud.”

In light of the proposed RMT strike action on Southern train services next week, Sussex Coast College Hastings has made arrangements for alternative transport to college.

For those students who travel by train you will be aware that the RMT & ASLEF Unions have called a series of additional strikes in January.

Southern have just announced that ASLEF have suspended their planned strikes for next week. However, the RMT union strike will continue as planned on Monday 23rd January 2017.

The college is committed to helping students to attend and achieve at college and we have therefore put in some emergency measures to ensure that students who live outside the Hastings and Bexhill area are aided to get to and from the College.

Wherever possible we would expect our students to attend their classes.

We will provide FREE shuttle buses on key routes to help with this. The buses will be clearly identifiable as Sussex Coast College Hastings buses and students will need to show their college ID badge.

Further industrial action is likely so please check this site or Southern Rail's website for further information.

Compensation

Southern Rail are offering up to 1 month's worth of compensation for travellers who have travelled regularly with them over the last year during this continued disruption. Once the process to claim this has been released the college is urging students to claim this compensation.

Southern rail have also added rail replacement buses between Bexhill and Hastings and from Rye to Hastings.

Timetable for College Shuttle Bus

Southern will operate a reduced service between Brighton-Eastbourne so any students on this line (Lewes, Glyne, Berwick, Polegate, Hampden Park) or who normally change at Polegate (including from Hailsham) need to travel to Eastbourne.

The College bus will collect students at the stations below (for pick-up):

Railway station AM departure times:

Eastbourne -  07:15

Pevensey & Westham - 07:35

Cooden Beach - 07:50

Collington - 07:55

Bexhill - 08:00

Hastings Campus - 08:25

Ore Valley Campus - 08:35

Ridge Fire Station for ATC - 08:45

PM departure time from Station Plaza is - 16:30 to Eastbourne and all stations before.

Ore Valley - 16:20

The Ridge Fire Station - 16:10

This service, which has been implemented by the college will ONLY run if the strike goes ahead.

From Ashford, Rye and the Surrounding areas Southern will be providing rail replacement bus services. The college will also run a shuttle bus and collect and drop students at the stations below. Students living east of Rye should try to get to Rye Railway Station via the replacement bus service or make their own way to Rye to catch the college bus.

Railway station AM departure time 

Rye - 07:50

Winchelsea - 08:00

Three Oaks - 08:15

Ridge Fire Station for ATC - 08:25

Ore Valley Campus - 08:35

Hastings Campus - 08:45

PM departure times: Leaving Station Plaza at 16:30

Ore Valley Campus - 16:40

Ridge Fire Station - 16:50

THESE TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO MINOR ALTERATION - PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR UPDATES.

From St. Leonards and Bexhill Rail replacement bus services are running from these stations and students are requested to get the rail replacement bus service and/or stagecoach buses.

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Whilst we expect students to attend classes, as they will run normally, there may be times when students are not able to make these arrangements so the College will ensure that coursework and homework is set in the weeks leading up to the strike and that this is placed on our VLE, Turing, which is available to access outside of college. This homework will include tests and elements that can be checked by each tutor on the day of the strike to ensure that students are utilising the VLE to complete their work. It is vitally important that all of these options are utilised to ensure that all students achieve to their full potential. If parents and carers can support their young person to either get to the buses or complete their homework on the VLE that would be incredibly helpful.

If you are entitled to a free college breakfast, then we will extend this until 9am on strike days.

We are sorry that this is happening but please be assured we will do everything that we can to ensure that it doesn't affect your son’s / daughter’s learning with us.

If you need any further details regarding the shuttle bus, then please contact student services on: 01424 458475 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are sorry that this on-going industrial action continues to disrupt your learning.

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Staff from Sussex Coast College Hastings baked cakes to support the Macmillan coffee morning last Friday and raised just over £240 for charity.

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Nineteen entrants baked everything from cupcakes to three tier towers, and had the chance of winning a meal for two in the college Coast Restaurant.

A panel of four judges had the arduous task of rating the cakes on their appearance, texture and taste to decide a winner. It was a close competition, but the winning masterpiece was from Vicki Corr who baked a lemon cloud cake with a meringue swirl topping.

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The cakes were then sliced and sold to the staff and students to raise a total of £240.36

Vic Kempner, Governor at Sussex Coast College Hastings said: “All of the cakes were of a very high standard. There were some beautiful and imaginative creations, and it was a very enjoyable tasting session for the judges.”

The Coffee Morning is one of Macmillan’s biggest fundraising events for people facing cancer. Since the first coffee morning in 1990, donations have reached over £138 million.

Check out our Facebook page for even more pictures of the fabulous cakes!

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