Sussex Coast College has revamped its services to employers. Vice Principal, Dan Shelley, whose brief is Enterprise, Employment & Skills, has renewed emphasis on local employers taking more ownership of the Skills agenda.
"I want the college to be seen by business as a vital part of the formula for growth. I am extending an open invitation to employers to help us direct our resources to meet their specific training needs. In some cases we will even be able to work with business partners to develop new accredited qualifications."
The college’s offer to employers has been streamlined to target four key areas that will generate value to business.
TRAINING YOUR FUTURE WORKFORCE
Employers looking for staff can recruit from a pool of work ready people. In partnership with employers, the college designs short, intensive accredited pathways for local job-seekers, giving them the confidence and skills needed to fill local job vacancies.
Inside Track works in partnership with JobCentre Plus and other welfare to work programme providers to train local people for employers to interview, take on a work trial or directly employ. By working together the college can provide employers with a cost-effective recruitment process and support local people get back into work.
WORK PLACEMENTS AND VISITS
This year, the college has 1,500 students who are looking for work placements as part of its Work Skills and Employability programmes. Placements improve employability and give young people a real taste of work.
Apprenticeships are one of the fastest-growing ways of increasing capability in a business. Heavily supported by central government, they are an affordable way to gain an employee and support young people as they take their first steps into work. We currently offer more than 20 apprenticeship programmes to over 400 apprentices.
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