College motors on with apprenticeship scheme


SUSSEX Downs College supported National Apprenticeship Week by celebrating the talent and skills of apprentices.

The week started with a business breakfast in association with Eastbourne Borough Council.

Speaking at the meeting, Melanie Hunt, principal and chief executive at the college, said, “This breakfast is one of a series of events under way this week that are designed to celebrate and promote apprenticeships in the Eastbourne area and beyond.

“You will all be aware of the Government’s strong commitment to apprenticeships, as a means of encouraging young people as well as adults to gain skills in the workplace, to develop them through undertaking real work and to be able to have those skills assessed whilst they are in action.

“Sussex Downs College is the leading provider of apprenticeships in the area, and we have a dedicated team who are ready to assist and advise if you are interested in taking on an apprentice – or taking your existing apprentice to higher levels. 159 Apprenticeship frameworks cover all sectors in England at intermediate, advanced and higher levels – so there is bound to be a framework that meets the needs of your business.”

Melanie also went back to the shop floor for a session in motor vehicle mechanics and body repair at the workshops on the Eastbourne campus.

For more information call 0845 2302 007 to speak to a skills advisor or visit