Leia Skinner and Michael Tyrrell at Bea-utiful Design
“This apprenticeship has enabled me to secure a job that I love, whilst learning and getting paid for it.”
“I’ve learnt a diverse range of skills for my role within the company, not just from the apprenticeship scheme but also from my mentor and colleagues who have knowledge and experience that they are more than happy to pass on.”
“I have thoroughly enjoyed being an apprentice at Bea-utiful Design & Print, and look forward to completing my Management Apprenticeship and future at the company.” says Leia.
Michael Tyrrell adds: “Once we had employed Leia, the course structure was there to educate both the apprentice and us as a business. There was help with elements of training, creating systems and policies that have assisted everyone’s development greatly.”
“Leia has now finished her apprenticeship and she has a very bright future with us, she is an asset to the business.”
“She is now going on to do Leadership Training so that we can bring in new employees under her management in the near future. I can’t thank the Apprenticeship Team at SCCH enough for their support.”
From Traineeship to Apprenticeship - Shannon Firminger
Shannon Firminger completed her Level 2 in Mechanics at SCCH and hoped to go on to an Apprenticeship to start her career, but unfortunately her maths and English grades were not high enough.
She was told about the Traineeship scheme by one of her tutors and decided to embark on the 12 week programme, helping her gain her maths and English grades to progress onto the Apprenticeship she had her heart set on.
Shannon has now progressed on to her Mechanics Apprenticeship with Hastings based company 247 247 and is enjoying every minute.
‘I would recommend a Traineeship to anyone as you learn skills to take to your employers which make you look more professional and feel more confident’ says Shannon. ‘It is intense but I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. It has been worth every minute.’
Shannon concluded, ‘I want to keep working with cars and keep doing what I love doing, which is being a mechanic. I now have my C grade in English and I am working towards my C grade in maths.’
Apprenticeship in Level 2 Plumbing and Level 3 Advanced - Tim Olorunda
“In 2009, I was made redundant and was looking for a radical change in direction. I had always been interested in the plumbing world, but had never really had the opportunity to pursue it.
Initially, I started a ‘learn from home’ scheme and although it gave me an insight into the world of plumbing, I didn’t feel I was getting enough practical experience, so I decided to enrol at Sussex Coast College Hastings.
After contacting a variety of local plumbing firms, I got offered an apprenticeship with ‘Advanced Plumbing Solutions’ who subsequently folded, leaving me with the same role at ‘Better Plumbing and Heating Company.’
Studying whilst working was great for me as it enabled me to carry on the lifestyle I had before starting the apprenticeship. Being a mature learner, at 24, I needed a steady income to pay the bills.
Since completing my apprenticeship, I have gone on to buy the company I started working for!
Without the help of Sussex Coast College tutors Lee Dunstall and Steven Hunt, this would have never been an option for me. With their help and guidance, I left SCCH with my Level 2 and Level 3 City and Guilds plumbing certificates, unvented water certificate, solar, and my gas qualifications.
I’d like to thank them and SCCH for all of their hard work, expert teaching and continued advice and guidance whenever I needed it.”
Apprenticeship in Engineering - Nathan Douch
Nathan Douch is currently completing an Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering, which he chose because careers in engineering run in his family.
Nathan, like many apprentices, sees the main benefit of the scheme being learning whilst receiving an income. Not only has he gained practical experience in engineering, he has also developed many other life skills. He believes apprenticeships are an excellent way to learn.
Zoe Rainger - 'The industry is such a big and wonderful place to explore'
Zoe Rainger has begun a NVQ Level 2 Apprenticeship in Ladies Hairdressing at the award-winning, Bexhill based salon, Emma Hellier.
Zoe has three years’ experience in hairdressing and says she has learnt more about the hairdressing industry and faced tasks and challenges in day to day life by taking on an Apprenticeship.
Zoe said ‘I love hairdressing and achieving goals that I or someone else has set me. Hairdressing can be hard, but it is worth every minute.’
She concluded ‘being an Apprentice gives hands-on experience on what it is like to work in a busy commercial salon.’
Connor McEwan – ‘You gain confidence and feel prepared for going into the world of work.’
Connor McEwan is an advocate of the Apprenticeship scheme. He is currently studying the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heating with Sussex Coast College Hastings.
There are many ways to find out about apprenticeships, from researching online, to visiting the college to see the Apprenticeships board or to talk to one of our trained student advisors. Connor found out about apprenticeships from his dad, who is also his employer.
‘My dad used to have apprentices and is a huge supporter or the scheme. He told me the benefits of having a qualification in a trade. Plumbers are a highly sort after trade in other countries, so being qualified,opens up my options to be able to travel abroad and work in countries such as America and Australia.’
Connor continued ‘being an apprentice is better than doing a full time course because of the immediate experience and knowledge you gain while in the workplace, which you can’t learn in the classroom. You gain confidence and feel prepared for going into the world of work.’
Advanced Business and Administration
Jay has secured a role as Training Administrator at the Let’s Do Business group whilst studying for the qualification through the apprenticeship scheme at Sussex Coast College Hastings.
Jay was an Advanced Apprentice with Hastings Trust on a training programme funded by Sussex Coast College Hastings. The training provided, gave Jay a detailed understanding of the apprenticeship training process and the confidence to take on the new challenge.
Stephen King, Training and Skills Manager at Let’s Do Business commented ‘The Let’s Do Business Group are very proud to be able to offer Jay Hancock a full-time role as the business and opportunities continue to grow.’
Tim Scott, Head of Business Development congratulated Jay on her success to date. Tim added ‘our partnership with local employers is essential to help improve employability of our young people. We are focused on working with local partners to give other students, like Jay, the opportunity to develop in line with the needs of the business and community around Hastings.’
Jay said ‘It is great to use the skills I have developed on my training programme to good effect. I am able to talk confidently to potential apprentices and explain in detail what an apprenticeship really means. To me there was no better way to learn by doing and getting paid to learn was a real bonus.’