Partnership set to build links

A NEW partnership has been created between Sussex Coast College and representatives from the construction industry.

More than 40 people met last month at the college for the inaugural Building Links networking event.

It was facilitated by business connector, Ian Noble.

Monthly meetings will allow like-minded people from the sector to meet, develop links with education and to understand community needs.

Building Links will open up opportunities for smaller firms to participate by pledging work experience places and school visits from associated trades as part of the Own Grown campaign.

Jim Murray, lecturer at Sussex Coast College, said: “A week or two of work experience for our students really puts their theory and practical work into context and shows them what it is really like on sites.”

Dan Shelley, the college’s vice-principal, said: “We hope that more firms will come forward to participate in Own Grown, especially within this sector.”

The next evening will be held on Thursday, October 24 at 6.30pm.

Those in construction or associated trades are welcome to attend. To book email buildinglinks@sussexcoast.ac.uk and pay £5 on the door.

To make a pledge to Own Grown visit www.owngrown.org.uk, email owngrown@hastings.gov.uk or ring 01424 451795.