EAST Sussex College is celebrating after a huge funding boost.

A consortium of Sussex colleges is to receive £4.5million funding, as part of the Department for Education’s ‘Levelling Up’ programme.

East Sussex College has been awarded funding for two projects. The first will see the college develop and launch a Sussex Centre for Vocational Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Care sector. The programmes launched will help reduce environmental impact, enhance sustainability, and contribute to the broader goal of net zero emissions within the healthcare sector.

It will also support programmes for aspiring managers and business owners in the engineering and manufacturing sectors, with a key focus on utilities training and the switch to emerging hydrogen technologies.

Both strands echo the College’s commitment to green training, as vital for the UK’s innovation development, and the ESC programme is designed to address these needs and unlock the potential for advancement.

Rebecca Conroy, Principal and CEO of East Sussex College, said: “We are delighted by the innovations these technologies will bring to our students and those in our communities. By working with employers in our region, we are confident that the investments will benefit those in work and education and provide essential skills training while addressing critical skills gaps.”

“We understand the important role we play in helping shape the workforce of tomorrow, preparing every student with the latest skills and knowledge required to positively enter the world of work and contribute to our local industries.”