General Dynamics held an apprenticeship recruitment day with Sussex Skills Solutions at Sussex Coast College Hastings on Wednesday 10th May.
Building on the success of the last few years, Sussex Coast College and Sussex Downs College, under their newly formed partnership, Sussex Skills Solutions, have teamed up with General Dynamics again this year, to help the avionics and tactical communications manufacturer find two new apprentices.
The Sussex Skills Solutions apprenticeship team met with representatives from General Dynamics at Sussex Coast College to put eight keen candidates through their paces. The candidates had the opportunity to impress bosses during a 15-minute interview, an engineering aptitude test, and an English and Maths assessment.
The candidates, who had been shortlisted from applications to General Dynamics, were vying for two positions within the company, one, a Business and Administration position, and the other, an Electronic Engineering position; both with opportunities for progression onto a Higher Apprenticeship.
Daniel Karlsson, Account Manager for Sussex Skills Solutions, based at Sussex Downs College, said: “This year’s assessment morning brought together a very motivated and determined group competing for the opportunity to gain an apprenticeship at General Dynamics. The candidates should be extremely proud of how they presented themselves. The talent displayed gave General Dynamics a difficult decision when it came to whittling down the candidates. The partnership working between Sussex Downs and Sussex Coast College in delivering Engineering and Professional Studies apprenticeships has proven extremely successful and I’m sure will continue to go from strength to strength.”
Joy Sheen, Human Resources Advisor at General Dynamics, adds, “The morning was a great success and all the candidates did remarkably well. During the next stage of the recruitment process, we’ll invite five students in for a tour of the business and meet the management team, and from there, we’ll hopefully be able to offer the apprenticeship opportunities to two students for a September start.”