Sussex Downs College are supporting National Apprenticeship Week with five stories over five days with the aim of raising the profile of apprenticeships so that more people understand what they are and how we can help employers and students start on the apprenticeship journey.
The College is keen to secure more employer placements in Sussex and work with exemplar employers highlighting individual student success stories as shining examples of how apprenticeships can lead to fulfilling employment and personal achievement.
Apprenticeships over a real alternative, bridging the gap between education and work, with the opportunity to learning whilst being paid.
A wide range of subjects are available with Sussex Downs College, with over 40 different apprenticeship programmes across Construction, Hospitality, Creative Industries, Retail, Business and Management, Health Care, Childcare, Distribution plus Motor Vehicle and Hairdressing on offer.
Apprenticeships are not restricted to a young person. The upper age limit of 25 was recently lifted, so now anyone can be an apprentice.
Rachel McKellar, Director for the National Apprenticeship Service in the South East said, “Apprenticeship Week takes place from Monday 7 February to Friday 11 February. It will celebrate the talent and skills of apprentices from across the country and see apprentices, employers, providers and wider stakeholders showcase the benefits of Apprenticeship programmes and the value apprentices bring to the organisations they work for. Sussex Downs College have created five days of activities that fully demonstrate the breadth and value of apprenticeships.”
Monday 7 February
Event: Norman Baker MP to visit apprentices at Harveys Brewery
Place: Harveys Brewery, Bridge Wharf, 6 Cliffe High Street, Lewes BN7 2AH
Time: 9am – finish 10am
Norman Baker MP, visits ex- SDC carpentry apprentice now Master Carpenter Tom Clark and current Level 3 Advanced Apprentice Alex Tattam. Opportunity to view micro brewery for production of seasonal ales which Tom has helped construct.
Tuesday 8 February
Event: Head to Head
Place: Lewes Campus, Mountfield Road, Graduations Hair and Beauty Salon – ground floor
Time: 10.45am - finish 11.45am
Sherry Russell, Head of Lewes 6th Form, works with hairdressing apprentices on the Lewes campus.
Wednesday 9 February
Event: A day in the life of an apprentice
Place: Eastbourne Campus, Cross Levels Way
Time: 9am finish 4pm
Mayor of Eastbourne is an apprentice for the day on the Eastbourne Campus in plumbing, hairdressing and brickwork.
Thursday 10 February
Event: Meeting work based apprentices
Place: Work Based apprentices in Brighton and Newhaven
Time: 10am – 12 noon
YMCA Warehouse, Mile Oak, Portslade and Paradise Park - Tates Garden Centre, Newhaven
Friday 11 February
Event: Stephen Lloyd MP visiting work based apprentices
Time: 10am -1pm Hearing Concern Link to meet with apprentice Charlie Roberts - Business Administration apprentice. Burlington Hotel to meet with Barry Frost - apprentice pastry chef.
Event: Golf Clinic with Golf Apprentices
Place: The Royal Golf Course, Paradise Drive, Eastbourne BN20 8BP
Practice ground start at 11.30am – 12.30am
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