Launch of campaign to create new apprenticeships in county

An engineering apprentice at college, completing an apprenticeship with Advance Engineering Services Ltd
An engineering apprentice at college, completing an apprenticeship with Advance Engineering Services Ltd

A campaign is being launched to create new apprenticeship opportunities for young people.

You’re Hired East Sussex is a county-wide initiative led by East Sussex County Council in partnership with the National Apprenticeship Service, the district and borough councils, colleges, training providers, Association of Chambers, Federation of Small Businesses, Youth Employability Service and Apprenticeships in Sussex.

It is also being launched in partnership with Sussex Coast College and coincides with National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from March 9 to 13 this year.

The campaign seeks to support 500 employers, 500 young people, in five districts/boroughs, in just five months.

One company reaping the benefits of having apprenticeships is Hastings travel firm 247 Transport.

Chris Vale, from Garage 247 Transport, said: “Apprenticeships are a great way to improve the quality of your workforce and there is a ready-made free recruitment process that gives the employer the opportunity to view students in the workplace environment before signing them up.”

Two other employers working with Sussex Coast College, Entertainment Workshop and Fresh Egg, have been shortlisted as finalists for the 2015 Apprenticeships for England Employer of the Year Awards.

The campaign is running for five months and will outline the benefits apprenticeships can bring to businesses, and highlight the support available for businesses considering this route.

Apprenticeships can help give young people the skills they need to hit the ground running. Primarily for 16- to 24-year-olds but older adults too, apprenticeships mean people can earn while they learn, receive on-the-job training, a wage, and a nationally-recognised qualification at the end of it.

The campaign will kick off on March 9 with simultaneous launch events at Eastbourne Town Hall, Stade Hall in Hastings and Lewes Town Hall. At the events, businesses will be able to meet others in the business community, apprentices, and apprenticeship training providers and hear from former HR director of the Royal Mail and now CEO of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, Kevin Green.

The campaign will culminate in a closing ceremony in September to celebrate the number of pledges received from the businesses taking part and the young people beginning their apprenticeships.

Anyone thinking about taking on an apprentice should speak to the college’s apprenticeship team on 01424 458340 or email