New training course

Sussex Coast College has joined forces with a leading building merchant to offer a new training course as part of a county-wide apprenticeship campaign.

The College has been working with Parker Building Supplies on a suitable training programme as part of the You’re Hired East Sussex campaign launched in March, which aims to create 500 apprenticeships.

As a result of discussions, three young kitchen designers will start a dedicated course in September, splitting their time between Sussex Coast College and Parker Building Supplies. Another five new trainees will be joining the firm’s Trade Federation Apprenticeship scheme.

Phil White, Parker Building Supplies’ Operations Manager and training coordinator, said: “It’s so important to train the younger generation and we’ve now completed discussions with the College.

“We’re pleased that we have been able to come up with an appropriate apprenticeship course for our young kitchen designers and we will also be discussing the possibility of gaining the college’s assistance in setting up an academy for prospective Parker Building Supplies staff to develop skill sets before they go on to work in our branches.”

Dave Watson, Sussex Coast College’s Business Development Executive, who worked with the company on the new course, said: “When I was approached by Phil, he was very clear as to what type of role he needed to fill. His frustrations had been that up until now, no-one was able to offer a framework to fit this. We simply went back to the drawing board.

“Rather than sticking to what we knew from the courses we already offered, we explored what else was available. We were able to discover, and set-up, a new course which fitted-the-bill perfectly.”

Parker employs 250 people in its Uckfield head office and at 23 branches in the south east.

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