Sussex Skills Solutions

A part of East Sussex College created in October 2016 to grow the apprenticeship provision of the college. Now in our third successful year, we have taken the decision to expand our delivery to support adults finding work. 


We spoke to hundreds of local business owners, listening to their ambitions and concerns for the future. Following this exercise, it was clear to us that we needed to create a partnership to connect employers to those searching for work across our county.

We recognise that helping adults into employment requires a separate approach to be successful. We have created a new team with its own structure and management to work with our learners, employers and partners to ensure we increase the opportunities for everyone in Sussex. 

We are working hard to understand the needs of our local employers, our local authority, and, most importantly, that this is all aligned to an appropriate and inspiring training programme to support people into work and apprenticeships. By joining our new programmes, we will ensure that you are equipped with the Skills, Knowledge, and Behaviours to grow your career. 

We are also opening up our fantastic college facilities to the communities we serve. People of all ages should be encouraged to access and use our sites to learn new skills and experience through this scheme.

We look forward to having you on board!  


We Help Employers

Hiring an apprentice is an effective way to increase workplace productivity and improve the performance of your workforce.
Apprentices prove to be a valuable resource for employers looking to fill a specific skills gaps.

As apprenticeships are changing, the focus can also be on the development of existing staff . We can provide targeted training
to improve productivity,  employee retention, and ensure that you continue to develop your own talent.

As an employer, you will benefit from motivated staff who are eager to learn and develop. Here are just a few of the advantages
to recruiting an apprentice and for training your workforce:

•   80% of employers say apprentices lead to increased productivity in the workplace.
•   96% of employers that take on an apprentice report benefits to their business.
•   72% of business also report improved productivity as a result of employing an apprentice.
•   The government funds 16- 18-year-old apprenticeship training, meaning the employer only needs to pay their salary.
•   In terms of the return on investment linked to Apprenticeships, 41% say that their apprentices make a valuable contribution to the business during their training period, while further third (33%) reported that an apprentice added value within their first few weeks.
•   57% report a high proportion of their apprentices are going into management positions within their companies.

(Data compiled by the National Apprenticeship Service)


“We are now into our fourth year of hiring an apprentice, with the previous three all gain full-time employment with us. It is really beneficial for us to have young people with drive and knowledge about new technology.
— Sarah Stapley, Hastings Borough Council
There are so many positives to take out of the apprenticeship programme, in particular the added energy it has created within our existing staff.
— David Moorat, Cavendish Communications
Taking on an apprentice is important for the growth of the business so that the senior guys can pass on their knowledge to the younger people who are potentially future managers of the company.
— Mel Thomas, Torr Scientific
“People are so pro-active about learning and Apprenticeships in Eastbourne. For our apprentice Zuzana to advance in the role in such a short time is exemplary.”
— Daniel Youster, Shore View Hotel
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