Work, Learning & Volunteering

The SCDA Employability Team offers a range of programmes to support people across East Sussex who are not in employment. We help people to find opportunities in volunteering, training, work experience, finding work and sustaining employment – more information can be found on our web pages listed left.

Are you looking for staff? If you are looking for new employees then we can help you! We offer a full recruitment service to businesses across East Sussex and surrounding areas. Our extensive client base is diverse and covers a broad range of experience, age, qualifications and skills. We offer a transparent recruitment package that reflects your needs and we believe in trust, commitment, value and honesty. We will offer a consultative approach, providing advice and guidance at all times.

  • Bespoke and tailored service
  • CV sifting
  • Candidate pre-interviews
  • Candidate aptitude and skill testing
  • Pre-employment training
  • Interview venue available
  • Interview support
  • Post placement support

For further information please contact Rachel on 01273 516347. 


Join us on National Employability Day 28th June 2019!

Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA) and East Sussex Libraries have teamed up to celebrate National Employability Day on Friday 28th June 2019. Our friendly teams will be in local libraries across East Sussex, promoting the wide range of European Social Fund (ESF) and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) projects available to local residents to help find work, volunteering and training opportunities.

Participants will be available to talk about their experience on the range of projects and library volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate the East Sussex Libraries’ IT For You service, helping people connect and learn digital skills.

Jude Day, SCDA Employability Programme Manager said, ‘The sessions will be fun and informative with ample opportunity for people to find out more in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. For anyone needing support finding a job or help with volunteering – come and see us!’

Employability Day sessions are:

Hastings Library, Brassey Institute, 13 Claremont, Hastings. 10.30am-1.30pm

Hailsham Library, Western Road, Hailsham.  10.30am-1.30pm

Hampden Park Library, Brodrick Close, Hampden Park, Eastbourne. 2-5pm



SCDA has been shortlisted as a finalist for the ERSA Employability Awards 2019 in Partner of the Year category by Shaw Trust. This is due to demonstrating strong performance, innovation and outstanding commitment and passion to supporting their local community.

Now in its seventh year, the ERSA Employability Awards celebrate best practice across the employment support sector and seek to demonstrate the day-to-day hard work and dedication of those working to improve the lives of jobseekers, communities and the wider workforce. SCDA has supported 356 people to transform their lives since 15th January 2018 and has been nominated for the Partner of the Year award, recognising performance, innovation, partnership building and links to the local community.

ERSA received over 150 entries from across the UK. This year’s submissions were judged by an all-star panel consisting of internationally recognised political thinker and Director of ResPublica, Phillip Blond, editor of The Sun’s employment page, Jane Hamilton, senior civil servant at the Department for Work and Pensions, Mark Staley, and Winner of Adviser of the Year 2018, Tanya Weston of Genius Within.

As a successful finalist, SCDA will attend a special ceremony on 20 June with the Minister for Employment, Alok Sharma MP.


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