Campaign launched to help apprentices

Vince Cable visits Sussex Downs College apprentices SUS-151202-105536001
Vince Cable visits Sussex Downs College apprentices SUS-151202-105536001

To coincide with National Apprenticeship Week (March 9-13), a new campaign has been launched at Sussex Downs College to successfully place apprentices within the workplace.

Sussex Downs College’s (SDC) recruitment service aims to take the stress away from employers by effectively matching candidates to positions using their comprehensive database.

For 2015, SDC is working with The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and East Sussex County Council to deliver a new campaign: ‘You’re Hired East Sussex’.

The new initiative will target 500 employers, 500 young people, in five districts/boroughs, in just five months.

The aim is to increase apprenticeship numbers in line with Government aspirations.

In an apprenticeship debate at the House of Commons last week (February 4), MP Stephen Lloyd spoke about the success of apprenticeship schemes in East Sussex.

He said, “I pay particular tribute to Sussex Downs college, whose apprenticeship unit has been outstanding. I have worked closely with the college right from the very beginning, and continue to do so.

“It is running at a conversion rate, for a number of different apprenticeship sectors, of 92 per cent.

“Colleagues will know that very few Government employment schemes ever run at that rate of conversation.

“I congratulate Sussex Downs on its apprenticeship scheme.”

One company reaping the benefits of having apprentices is Certas Energy UK, based in Heathfield. Certas first approached Sussex Downs College for help with their manager’s Level 5 Management Apprentice training.

Certas has since recruited two Level 2 Sales Apprentices, who have joined the Certas Sales Teams in West Thurrock and Harefield.

Last October, six new apprentices started work at Wealden District Council as the local authority introduced an apprentice scheme to help skill-up the next generation of the workforce.

The Wealden apprenticeship is a 13-month programme in Business Administration which they are running in collaboration with Sussex Downs College.

“I don’t expect it will be as daunting as appearing on The Apprentice with Lord Sugar, but our apprentices will be facing a wide range of challenges as they experience life in the front line of local government,” said Councillor Roy Galley, Cabinet member for Economic Development and Regeneration.

These are just a few of the companies benefitting from SDC’s apprenticeship recruitment service.

The ‘You’re Hired East Sussex’ campaign launches on Monday March 9 in Eastbourne, Lewes and Hastings.

Join in the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #YoureHiredESx