European Social Fund Project of the Year Award

Central Sussex College ESF Project

2016 Runner-up

More than 6,500 learners have gained accredited qualifications to help them get on in life and work, thanks to Central Sussex College’s ground-breaking ESF project.

Central Sussex College’s ESF project has worked hard to deliver an offer to match the career aspirations of local workers with the skills needs of local businesses, putting ESF funding to excellent use in creating and enhancing life chances of thousands of people.

The project created a broad offer so people at all levels, from basic to advanced, could be catered for across a wide range of subject areas, including health and social care, hospitality and functional skills. Inclusion was an important focus and organisers worked with other training providers to improve access for non-traditional learners.

Over the life of the project, the team at Central Sussex College focused on providing people with the positive benefits that come with learning. Such benefits include access to higher level training, opportunities to gain full time employment or achieving a promotion within their organisation.

I was given the chance to learn and achieve a qualification without having to attend college or pay tuition fees,” said Central Sussex College learner Martine. “The programme of study was put onto an online portfolio and was a really easy system to use. The input from my assessor and support from my manager encouraged me all the way. I have been able to update my skills and progress within my career.”