Topic outline

  • General

    • Jeans for Genes Day

      Jeans for Genes Day is the annual fundraising campaign for Genetic Disorders UK, the national charity that supports individuals and families affected by a genetic disorder.

      Monies raised on Jeans for Genes Day fund the work of the charity and provide grants to organisations for projects that aim to transform the lives of children with genetic disorders.


      For more information go to

      • Town Planning Technical Support Apprenticeships

        The first town planning technical support apprenticeships in the country have been completed at Chichester College.

        And to celebrate the occasion, the college brought together all its town planning apprentices for a special afternoon to recognise their accomplishments.

        This entry level apprenticeship programme was first introduced at the college in 2015, with five apprentices embarking on the scheme which was developed by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Construction Industry Council.

        Jamie Alley, Nicholas Whittington, Greg Anderson, Alex Carruthers and Andrew Pommells were the first five to sign up, and completed their course in 2017, followed by twenty further apprentices completing their studies this year.

        Since then the programme has grown phenomenally, with more than forty town planning apprentices from more than 30 employers from around the country – including Derbyshire and Suffolk - studying at Chichester College to date.

        Jamie, who has gone on to university to complete his degree qualification, said: “The apprenticeship experience we had was invaluable.

        “Without this, I wouldn’t have gone on to university and I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in.

        “From day one we were working with professionals, getting real experience and employed in a job that without the apprenticeship I wouldn’t have been able to do at that stage.

        “And our experience at Chichester was brilliant – the teaching we received was fantastic.”

        The town planning apprenticeship has been developed for people who are working in a technical or administrative support role in planning, combining workplace experience with time in the classroom.

        It offers an alternative route for people to get into the planning profession – although the skills learnt are transferrable for a number of roles in the building industry.

        Cat Goumal, Senior Professional Development Coordinator from the Royal Town Planning Institute said: “We are delighted to see the success of the first town planning technical support apprentices.

        "This first apprenticeship in town planning gives apprentices a wide range of skills and knowledge at the start of their careers.”

        Following the success of the town planning apprenticeship, Chichester College is hoping to introduce a surveying apprenticeship later this year. To find out more about this or the town planning apprenticeship, please contact Mo Toft, Sales Executive, at

        • Chichester College signs up to help fight ‘period poverty’

          A scheme designed to help young women struggling to afford sanitary products has arrived at Chichester College.

          The college has become the first organisation locally to sign up to the Red Box Project, and will be home to donation and collection boxes, with anyone able to donate sanitary products while students will be able to discretely take what they need.

          Shelagh Legrave OBE, Chief Executive at the Chichester College Group, and Andrew Green, Executive Principal at the Chichester College Group, have already shown their support by donating products.

          Shelagh said: “This is a great example of how we are working with our local community to help tackle important social issues.

          “The issue of period poverty is a serious one and it can have a major impact on many young women. This is a step towards addressing this issue and supporting any of our students who may be affected.”

          Andrew added: “This is a fantastic project and we are pleased to be able to support it, by both hosting a donation box for people to donate to and having red boxes with products for our students to be able to access.

          “If people would like to donate to the Red Box project, they can do so by simply popping into the main reception at the college.”

          The Red Box Project aims to alleviate any anxiety, embarrassment and stress caused by a lack of sanitary protection. Any students requiring items will be able to access the red box discretely via the college’s welfare office and student union, where they can simply take what they need – no questions asked.

          Part of a national campaign, Lynsey Hutcheson is spearheading Red Box Project in Chichester. She’s hoping the college will be the first of many organisations to get involved.

          She said: “I am so pleased to be working with college. They were the first to sign up and I know that more will follow their lead.

          “It just takes one person to make a donation to make a difference to a young woman’s life.

          “The idea that young women may be able to access sanitary products is heart-breaking and I knew I had to get involved – I couldn’t just sit at home and do nothing.

          “But it is also important to remember is that this appeal isn’t just about period poverty. It’s also for those who maybe don’t have access to products for whatever reason – it could be there isn’t someone at home who they feel they can talk to about products or event that they simply don’t have any with them that day.”