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 Emily Khusul web

A Travel and Tourism student from Sussex Coast College Hastings will have the perfect start to 2018 when she begins her career with easyJet.

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Emily Khusul, who finished her Level 3 Travel and Tourism course just before the summer, was offered a place on the cabin crew team at the low-cost carrier, after successfully passing the assessment day.

Emily travelled to Gatwick Airport towards the end of August for a full day of physical tests, teamwork exercises, scenario based assessments and interview questions.

“Towards the end of the college year my tutors were asking what I planned to do after the course, so I told them that it was my dream to work for an airline, which is when they told me that easyJet were recruiting for their Gatwick fleet.”

“I live in Hailsham, so joining the Gatwick fleet sounded perfect to me. It was that evening that I sent off my CV and application form, and received a link to the online assessment about a week later.”

It was a busy summer for Emily as she was also part of the college’s four-week work placement trip to Seville. Emily says that her work experience in the Spanish city and her college course helped her to excel in her easyJet interview.

“I had a great time in Spain working for a city tour guide. The city is beautiful and I learned so much. Amazingly, just before the four weeks were up; my boss offered me a job to continue working throughout the summer. Although it was a great feeling to be offered a job in Spain, it was only part-time and I was hoping that there would be a possibility of being invited for an interview with easyJet when I got back to the UK. And sure enough, a day or two after I got home, I received the email inviting me to the assessment day, so I knew then, that I had made the right decision.”

The recruitment day took place at Gatwick Airport and required the candidates to arrive by 8:30am to check documents, record their height and then take part in a range of role play activities and one-to-one interviews.

“It was quite a long day. I got to Gatwick about 8am and I was there until about 5:30pm. I was a little nervous, but it was good fun and I met some really nice people, one of which was also offered a job, so I’ll be seeing her again when we start our training.

The things I learned at college and in Spain helped me so much during the interview. Some people have cabin crew experience from college courses, but I didn’t feel I was at a disadvantage, because I knew I had other skills that I could hopefully impress them with.”

Emily was offered the job a day later and will now look forward to starting her training in the New Year, before getting her wings in late January.

“My training starts in January, when I’ll need to have another medical and complete 3 weeks of emergency procedures and first aid. Once I’ve completed that, I’ll shadow crew members on my first flight and then I’ll be given my rota and then I’ll be flying for real.”

Big Ben visit 

A group of students from the School of English at Sussex Coast College Hastings travelled to London for a sightseeing trip last week, where they were able to hear the last bong of Big Ben before renovation work begins over the next four years.

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Students from China, Vietnam, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Spain and Syria, travelled to London from Hastings on Monday 21st August to take in a number of the capital’s famous landmarks including Whitehall, Downing Street, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, and a Horse Guards Parade.

The students, led by School of English manager, Otto Haas, timed their visit so that they could arrive in Parliament Square at midday to hear Big Ben's last chimes for four years.

Otto said: “The students had a fantastic day in London and it was a major bonus for them to be there as Big Ben chimed for the last time. It was quite a historic moment and to be part of a sea of thousands of people watching the event was really special.

The students have really enjoyed their summer in the UK and will head home with the lasting memory of being part of this special moment in London.”

School of English students study on courses ranging from a few weeks to several months in duration at Sussex Coast College Hastings. During their time in Hastings, the students work towards IELTS or Cambridge English exams, and trips and activities compliment their learning, ensuring that they have fun while they’re here in the UK while also learning about British history and culture.

Check out the pictures on the School of English Facebook page

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As the excitement builds for the start of another college year (and we all sit here wondering how the summer went so quickly), we thought we’d give you our top 5 tips for starting college.

 

Plan Your Route

First up, you need to know where you’re going. Chances are you’ve already been to your new college a couple of times, but when the first day of term rolls around, you’ll be going to college for real. Getting anywhere for 9am is a completely different challenge, so you should plan your route to college.

Route finder 

If you’re planning to walk, perhaps give it a trial run (well, walk) a day or two before just to see how long it takes you. Maybe you’re planning to get the bus, then you’ll need to find out where the bus stop is, what time it arrives at your stop, how long it will take to get to college, and factor in enough time in case there is traffic. If you’re planning on getting the train, then you’ll need to check the train times and allow enough time to get to the station from your house.

Once you’ve planned your route, getting to college should be a breeze!

 

Buy new things

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At this time of year, all the best stationery shops and online retailers have ‘Back to School’ offers, so why not treat yourself to some new classroom essentials. You’ll need pens and notepads to take notes in class and perhaps a new bag to carry it all in. But if you fancy really treating yourself, you may find a few good deals on laptops and printers at PC world as they’re currently running a £200 cashback deal.

 

Enjoy it

For most, college will last for two years. You may think that’s a long time, but trust us, it really isn’t. Before you know it, you’ll be collecting your final results and planning your next steps into work, an apprenticeship or university. So, one of our best tips is to enjoy every minute of it.

Enjoy it 

Throw yourself whole heartedly into meeting new people, joining groups, and participating in lessons. The people you meet at college may become life-long friends, you’ll learn lots of new things about your subjects and yourself, and it’ll give you lots of experience that you’ll be able to talk about at a job interview or in your application to university.

 

Stay Connected

SCCH Hub 

Get social with your college. Following them on social media and downloading their app is a great way to keep up to date with events, announcements and exclusive content from across the college. If you’re joining us this September then you can download our SCCH Hub app from the App Store, Google Play and it’s available on Microsoft.

 

Be Organised

We know this last point might seem obvious and rather sensible, but talking from experience, it is so important to be organised. Make sure you know your timetable, memorise your room numbers (or write them down somewhere you can’t miss them), and keep up with your work.

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College is a step-up from school, meaning there will be a greater work load and there will be more emphasis on treating you as an adult, letting you take responsibility for your own learning. All of this means that it’s pretty easy to fall behind. So make sure you write down assignment deadlines as soon as you get them, and try to make a start on them while the lessons are fresh in your mind. If you feel that you’re falling behind, don’t be afraid to talk to your tutor about it – that’s what they’re there for, and you’ll find that they’re super friendly.

 

What will your future hold?

Ok, so this isn’t a top tip, but it is quite fun. If you’re not sure what you want to do after college, then have a go at the quiz below to see what your future may hold. Simply click the picture, choose some baked goods, and your future will be revealed.

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Let us know what you get!

 Emilia King web

Students at Sussex Coast College Hastings were “thrilled” and “over the moon” after collecting their A-Level results this morning.

Emilia King was delighted to find out that she gained an A*, an A, and a B to get into her first choice university to study Creative Writing.

“I’m so happy with my grades,” said Emilia. “I’m actually a little lost for words, but I am so so happy because I’ll be going to my first choice University, the University of Warwick. I’m planning to celebrate tonight and then start preparing for my move up to Warwick.”

Megan Crush will be heading to the University of Sussex next month after gaining two A*s and an A in her 3 subjects. She said: “It’s amazing and I’m so pleased. Getting an A* in Psychology has just confirmed my love for the subject and I can’t wait to study it at university in September.”

Emilia and Megan’s achievements reflected a fantastic year of A-Level results for the college as the A2 students achieved an overall pass rate of 98%, with 100% pass rates in 21 subjects.

Jim Sharpe, Vice Principal, said: “This is a fantastic set of result for our students. I’d like to congratulate them all on their hard work and commitment throughout the year.

This is the first set of results we have seen since the changes to the A-Level programme, with students now following a two year course, and we are as delighted as our students with their achievements. The College is the largest A-Level provider in the town and we are committed to a very learner centred approach, allowing students with a diverse range of backgrounds and previous academic experiences to be successful. This is something that should be celebrated.”

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Other students who were celebrating this morning included Matt Stevens who confirmed his place at the University of Hertfordshire. “I’m thrilled with my A*AB in Maths, Further Maths and Economics. I thought they were all really tricky, so I’m so pleased to have done so well.”

Ayisha El-Ayat, who chose to re-sit her A-Level exams this year, after narrowly missing out on her first choice university last year, made her hard work and dedication pay-off, as she gained the A*AA she needed to study Business Management at the University of Surrey.

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While a number of students are preparing for university, others will be taking slightly different paths after their A-Levels. Some are choosing to find employment and others are choosing to start an apprenticeship.

Lucy Head and Jack Davies will be starting full-time employment this autumn. Lucy has deferred her place at university until next year, and will remain at the college to become the Student President, hoping to offset some of the student debt. Jack will look for employment in an accountancy firm and start a part-time AAT accounting course.

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Alex Whitting and Max Timms will be heading down the Apprenticeship route. Alex will be starting a year 3 Apprenticeship to become a Paramedic. He said: “I’ve really enjoyed studying A-Levels and I’m really pleased with my grades, but I’ve decided to try something different and when I found out that I could study an apprenticeship to become a paramedic, I jumped at the chance.”

Max will be joining Southern Electric to become an apprentice in Electrical Contractor. “It’s been a great two years but I’ve always been a hands-on type of learner, and the fact that I won’t have the student debt is a huge bonus.”

The Sixth Form at Sussex Coast College Hastings continues to perform at a consistently high level with figures for the past three years showing that every 1 in 3 grades achieved is an A*-B.

Courses for September are still available and enrolment will start on 24th August.

 Sarah Hazelton web

A student from Sussex Coast College Hastings will be moving to China later this month to start her career as a teacher.

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Sarah Hazelton recently completed the Cert TESOL teaching course at the college and has landed her first teaching job with International Language School, EF, in Shenyang.

“Teaching has always been an idea for me to pursue,” said Sarah. “I was looking at a lot of different options as I came to a bit of a dead end after I finished my degree. I did consider doing a PGCE course and going into primary teaching, but I couldn’t resist the lure of travel and thought the possibilities with the TESOL would be endless.”

Sarah started the 24-week Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages course back in January, and managed to fit it around her full-time job at the college.

“The course ran on Wednesday evenings and on Thursdays from 10:30 until 3:30, which worked out really nicely with my reception role at the college. There was quite a lot of work to get through, but my tutors were so supportive and were always available to help with checking over lesson plans before I taught them.”

Sarah applied for the teaching job shortly before finishing the course, and had a Skype interview in February with the recruitment manager, who is based in Shenyang. She was offered the job shortly after and will join the EF team in northern China later this month, before starting her 12 month teaching contract at a local school in September.

“My contract is for 12 months, but I have the option to extend it by another year in Shenyang if all goes well. This course has opened so many doors for me, and working with EF means that I have the flexibility to work all over the world teaching English!

“I am both nervous and excited right now. Starting a new job is scary enough, on top of that it’ll be the first time that I’ve travelled abroad by myself, thousands of miles around the world. However, I’m really excited to be starting a new job in something I’ve become really passionate about and have worked so hard to get.”

 Higher Apprenticeships web

Sussex Skills Solutions, the joint venture between Sussex Coast College Hastings and Sussex Downs College, is the premier provider of apprenticeships and skills training in Sussex.

As students across the county finish their college courses, and look ahead to results day, Sussex Skills Solutions is encouraging them to consider what a Higher Apprenticeship might be able to offer them.

Towards the end of August, many will find out their exam results and prepare for life at university. But what if there was a different route that could offer the same qualification without the student loan debt?

For some time, apprenticeships have found it hard to shake off the stigma of only being for 16 year-old school leavers. However, the apprenticeship reforms that happened earlier this year have increased opportunities for school and college leavers to develop their higher level skills via this route.

Students are starting to see the benefits of studying Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships as they realise the potential that this combined package of work and study can offer them.

It is now more possible than ever before, to study equivalent qualifications as a university student, but without the tuition fees of university courses. These Higher and Degree Apprenticeship options also have the added benefits of gaining years of professional skills and experience and earning a wage.

The benefits aren’t just for the apprentice either.

There are around 75 Higher and Degree apprenticeships in subjects ranging from Accounting to Software Development. Sussex Skills Solutions will work with your business to develop the right mix of apprenticeship and training programmes, bringing together the best in higher and vocational education.

“We understand the dynamics of our local employers and understand the commercial pressures they face,” says Stephen Burkes, Director of Sussex Skills Solutions.

“We have the in-house expertise to develop qualifications aligned to our employers’ needs as well as the significant resources and facilities of two colleges. Yet we operate with the approach and flexibility of a private training provider.”

This means your business will be able to benefit from having an enthusiastic new employee who will be learning the specific skills your business needs, rather than a generic syllabus.

By investing in high-level training you could also benefit from increasing the talent in your team, improving productivity, boosting employee morale and improving your staff retention.

Research has shown that, on average, apprentices help to improve productivity by £214 per week and after finishing their course, 77% of them stay with the same employer.

Another advantage to your business may be acquiring this higher level talent at a reduced cost in wages. The apprenticeship wage could be significantly lower than the cost of employing a university graduate.

All of these benefits seem really attractive too if you are a levy-paying employer. Higher Apprenticeships are a great way to attract higher level talent to your business and get a real return on investment from your levy payments.

Over the past three years, 56,200 people have started a higher or degree apprenticeship. The government has pledged to create 3 million apprenticeships across all levels by 2020. (Statistics from GOV.UK)

Sussex Skills Solutions can draw on its decades of experience and knowledge in the apprenticeships sector to find and match the right person for the role you are recruiting. Potential candidates are added to the Talent Bank, an extensive database used by both colleges, where applicants can be filtered by location, sector and qualifications.

Stephen continues: “As the number of higher level apprenticeship standards begins to build and the amount of long-term, personal debt from high tuition fees and maintenance loan repayments starts to be even more of a reality, then young people aged 19-24, and their parents or carers, will truly see an apprenticeship as an alternative where you can earn and learn. This can only be good news for employers.”

Sussex Skills Solutions can work with your business to develop training programmes and courses in the following sectors: Accounting, Business Management, Engineering, Healthcare Management, Hospitality Management, and IT and Computing.

 

Student and employer case study: Sophie Cripps, Harri Nats Café

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Sophie Cripps, 24, is the Manager of Harri Nats Café in Seaford, having completed her Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Hospitality Management.

The popular café in the heart of Seaford town centre is benefitting from their newly qualified higher-level apprentice. Owner Norah Allvey says: “Apprenticeship schemes increases staff confidence. Apprentices brush up on skills, are focused, hardworking and use their own initiative more. It’s fair to say that both the employer and employee benefit from an apprenticeship.”

Thanks to her apprenticeship, Sophie also had the opportunity to complete a First Aid course, Fire Marshal training and a Health & Safety in the workplace course.

“I encourage my staff to learn and develop,” says Norah. “I like to deal with apprentices through Sussex Skills Solutions drawing on the experience of the college, as it enhances my business and my staff have worked toward something. Apprenticeships enable them to lead. They learn about laws and procedures in the workplace and, as a result, they feel more included and confident in the work they do.”

 

Student and employer case study: Tom Ramsay, Technoturn

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Tom Ramsay, 22, is a technician at Technoturn in St Leonards. He has been with the manufacturing company since 2013 where he started his Intermediate Apprenticeship in Engineering. Having successfully completed his Level 2 and Level 3 apprenticeship, he is now studying a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Engineering.

“By taking on Higher Level Apprentices, it allows us to find the next supervisors and managers of the future,” said John Stretton, Director of Technoturn.

“They’re with us for a few years getting to know the organisation really well, giving them much more of an insight into how the business operates. Because they have the practical, hands on skills to go with it, they really flourish.”

To see how Sussex Skills Solutions can help your business, call 030 300 39777 – or visit www.sussexskillssolutions.co.uk

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