- Published: 27 April 2016
Sussex Coast College Hastings will work in partnership with Sussex Downs College to offer two brand new courses starting in September.
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The colleges will introduce a two-year apprenticeship in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a HNC/D Manufacturing Engineering course. It will be the first time that the Hastings and Eastbourne colleges have worked together, after a business and curriculum planning workshop held at Sussex Coast College Hastings Ore Valley Campus in January highlighted the opportunity.
Local engineering and manufacturing businesses were invited to a planning workshop, along with local education providers, to explore how the current curriculum on offer in this key employment sector can be adapted, expanded or enhanced to better meet local needs and address skills and recruitment challenges.
As a result of the open discussions, the colleges identified that offering two new courses would be valuable to local businesses. Having local provision in this industry will provide support to many local employers who may face difficulties with their apprentice’s day release; for example, General Dynamics, who currently send their apprentices to Central Sussex College in Crawley.
The joint course offering will see the student’s one-day college commitment fulfilled in Eastbourne and the work-based assessment carried out by the closest college to the employer.
The new apprenticeship offering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the HNC/D Manufacturing Engineering course will be added to the provision at Sussex Coast College will combine technical skills with the needs of the manufacturing industry. The HNC/D in particular, will focus on design for manufacturing, manufacturing scheduling, and business management.
The course units will be delivered in a holistic way so that students can understand the links between each aspect of the course criteria. The course is a welcome solution for would-be engineers who are looking to progress into a career in manufacturing, production engineering and production management.
Philip Johnson, Director of Locate East Sussex commented: “It’s great to see Sussex Coast College introducing even more courses focused on meeting the specific needs of local employers. This course will create opportunities for those looking to build a career in production engineering, manufacturing engineering and production management.”
This new Higher Education offer will complement the existing engineering programmes based at the college and will enable employers across East Sussex to send their employees to more local educational providers as opposed to sending them to as far away as, and beyond London.