Students’ success story in landing apprenticeships

Conor O'Brien and Amy Williams
Conor O'Brien and Amy Williams

STUDENTS who were left in limbo after their college course was scrapped at the last minute have landed apprenticeships.

Conor O’Brien, 18, of East Ascent, St Leonards, and Monty Morris were studying Events Management at NVQ level at Sussex Coast College in Station Plaza when the course was dropped after just two weeks.

Students on the course received a letter from the college stating it was forced to make the decision due to the ‘unavailability of appropriately qualified and experienced teaching staff’.

But after ringing scores of businesses in 1066 Country requesting work experience Conor and Monty were able to land an apprenticeship with the Let’s Do Business Group.

Monty now works full-time for Armadillo Medical Communications Ltd in the Old Town, while another student on the defunct college course, Leanna Lawson, is at the White Rock Theatre on an apprenticeship.

Conor is on an Advanced Apprenticeship in Enterprise, specialising in events management.

He said: “It’s turned out to be a success story as we were left in limbo after the college course was scrapped.

“We rang so many companies asking for work experience as a result and bumped into people from the Let’s Do Business Group at a jobs fair at the college.

“After a few meetings with them, we were offered the apprenticeship.

“We work with town centre management, helping with upcoming events like Pirate Day. We have also run our own events, such as a club night for under-18s.

“Monty left after successfully landing a full-time job.”

The apprenticeship will lead to an NVQ Level 3 and BTEC in Business Enterprise.