East Sussex College Automotive Training Centre award ceremony celebrates student achievements!

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East Sussex College Hastings celebrated the outstanding achievements of its automotive students at the annual Automotive Training Centre (ATC) Award Ceremony (13th June).

The event recognised top students from each year group and highlighted the importance of strong industry connections with local businesses through an exciting raffle.

The ATC Award Ceremony is a tradition that acknowledges the hard work and dedication of automotive students. The event was an outstanding success with all the students, parents and industry partners present.

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This year's top students were honoured with tool kits, an essential asset for their burgeoning careers in the automotive industry. David Willcox, Director of MIS & Digital presented the top student awards. The selection criteria for these awards were based on academic excellence and attendance, making it a highly competitive and prestigious accolade.

Students photographed at the Automotive Training Centre Award CeremonyStudents photographed at the Automotive Training Centre Award Ceremony
Students photographed at the Automotive Training Centre Award Ceremony

Top Student Awards:

  • Level 1 Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance: Aaron Davies

  • Level 2 Certificate in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles:

    • Group A: Jake Stone

    • Group B: Maximillian Hay

Nick Wood, Deputy Head of Curriculum for Construction, Computing, Engineering, Motor Vehicle, Electrical, & Access, said, “The Motor Vehicle Industry has become an extremely technical environment. Our students learn about all aspects of light vehicles ranging from basic maintenance through to advanced diagnostics, MOT testing, Electric and Hybrid Vehicles and Advanced Drives Assistance Systems (self-driving cars). The demands of our courses are high and to achieve top students is no small feat, which these students should be extremely proud of.”

In addition to the awards, the event featured a raffle with significant prizes, designed to encourage and reward students with outstanding attendance. Thanks to the generous donations from local automotive businesses, students had the opportunity to win several valuable prizes, including a car.


The raffle prizes included a Volkswagen Polo as the star prize, donated by Central Car Sales of Bexhill, which highlights the strong relationship between the college and local businesses. National Windscreens also contributed by replacing the car's rear screen for free.

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The second prize was a toolbox and a selection of tools, donated by Taylor Automotive, which will support a student's practical training and future career. The third, fourth, fifth, and sixth prizes were Milwaukee impact guns and tool bags, donated by Ninfield Auto Restoration Ltd., providing high-quality tools essential for any automotive technician.

The ceremony not only celebrated student achievements but also emphasised the invaluable support and collaboration between the college and local industry partners. The event was a testament to the thriving automotive training programme at East Sussex College Hastings, preparing students for successful careers in a rapidly evolving industry.

For more information about East Sussex College’s ATC and its programmes, please click here.

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