Learning & Skills

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Business Connectors

Business Connectors are talented individuals seconded from business, trained by Business in the Community and placed in communities of greatest need to build partnerships that tackle local issues.   Read more by clicking here     

The Business Connector for Hastings is Martin Yeandle - Martin.Yeandle@bitcconnect.org

Martin’s role involves listening to local needs and working with individuals, community organisations and business to build sustainable partnerships with a particular interest in supporting the improvement of education, enterprise, employability and community cohesion.  Click here for Martin’s priorities and other information. 


Education Futures Trust

Tel: 01424 722241

Email: office@educationfuturestrust.org

Website:  http://www.educationfuturestrust.org/ - for courses and further information

The Education Futures Trust is dedicated to supporting and helping children and families. 

For children, it runs Forest Schools and Shore Academy during school holidays.  Prior to the end of the school year, it runs a transition project to help pupils move up to secondary school.

For parents, there are adult learning courses such as cookery and healthy lifestyles as well as Incredible Years courses and Parenting Courses.

Family Festivals take place during the holiday period offering parents and children the opportunity to work and play together in a fun, creative and supportive surroundings.  

Reports on the Trust's work for the resident-led partnership for Big Local North East Hastings can be seen by clicking on the links below.


Hastings Works

Telephone:  01424 237237

Email:   frontdesk@hastingsworks.com

Website:  http://hastingsworks.com/

Hastings Works helps people identify and access suitable learning, employment and enterprise opportunities and helps businesses find the right people with the right skills.


Horizons Community Learning CIC

Tel: 01424 204136 

Email:  horizonscourseenquiries@gmail.com

Website:  http://horizonscommunitylearning.com/ - for courses and further information

Horizons offers:

  • free confidential advice and impartial guidance about courses, next steps, volunteering and employment
  • a range of free courses leading to vocational and non vocational qualifications – eg. GSCEs, Certificates, Diplomas, ESOL (English as Second Language) – and extra learning support for Maths, English, Dyslexia and Dyscalculia.
  • a Healthy Lifestyles programme that offers a range of courses that encourage finding ways to increase confidence, health and wellbeing through learner led activities.
  • Fuel Poverty & Energy Bills sessions offer practical advice on keeping your home warm and keeping your bills down.

Reports on Horizons work for the resident-led partnership for Big Local North East Hastings can be seen by clicking on the links below.

Sussex Coast College Hastings

The Ore Valley campus in Parker Road is where Construction, Engineering and IT courses are based.  It has 7,000 square metres of realistic working environments, workshops and ‘live build’ areas.  Students here have access to the latest equipment and digital technology, learning resource centre, a sports pitch, diner and coffee shop.

The Automotive Training Centre, Unit 17 & 18 Northridge Industrial Estate, Hayward Way (off Ivyhouse Lane) is an accredited centre that specialises in teaching and learning car restoration, maintenance and repair. The Centre also delivers courses specialising in motor sports.

The Station Plaza campus is next to the train station in Hastings town centre.  Courses here include A Levels, Hospitality & Catering, The Arts, Hair & Beauty, Sport, Public Services, Health, Child and Social Care, Business and Foundation Learning. 

For information on free community learning curses starting in September 2015 at the Ore Valley Campus click here.  

For information on all the full time and part-time courses at the Sussex Coast College click here

The Bridge  

361 Priory Road, Hastings, TN34 3NW

For information about The Bridge Art Group, The Bridge History Group and other learning opportunities please call 01424 433611 or email reception@thebridgehastings.co.uk.   

University of Brighton in Hastings

Staff and students at the University of Brighton in Hastings are helping the Big Local North East Hastings Resident-led Partnership to develop its research and evaluation activities, and to track its progress.  There will be mpre about this as the work develops.

The Hastings Exchange brings together university, community and local business partners in the Hastings and Rother area to exchange knowledge.  Read more about it here

Student Community Research is the term used by the University of Brighton to describe their work in supporting students and partner organisations to collaborate on research projects.  Click on the link below to download a copy of a practical guide to community student research.

WEA (Workers’ Educational Association)

For information about courses in Hastings & St Leonards look at www.wea.org.uk

Association for Education and Ageing

The Association for Education and Ageing is an international membership organisation, open to all. Its particular strength is combining the interests of research, practice and policy concerning later life learning in all its forms.  Importantly, it involves older learners in dialogue with professionals and volunteers who work in the services that provide and support learning.  Read more by clicking here.


SPARK is a network for young people’s organisations providing support to voluntary and community groups who work with children and young people living in East Sussex - for more information click here 

Skill Share Bursary Scheme

The Skill Share Bursary Scheme is open to all voluntary and community groups and organisations working with children, young people and families in East Sussex. Groups and organisations can apply for up to £500 to help their staff and volunteers attend training courses and events or to gain a qualification.  For more information click here