During lockdown staff at South Thames College have thrown themselves into teaching from home, coming up with inventive ways to keep students engaged.
Allan Kawagga, a final year HND Business Studies student commented on how impressed he was by how his tutors worked with him throughout lockdown in order to successfully finish his course.
Allan commented: ‘I want to extend my appreciation to your absolute support to my studies and your experience in the course of my studies. The lectures were informative and integrated into daily activities which helped me understand the modules even better.’
As part of their ongoing relationship, representatives from the Brixton Pool of Halifax Bank visited South Thames College in February 2020 to deliver a session to the AAT Level 2 Study Programme group on employability, and careers in the sector.
During the morning, the learners completed a mock job interview, using Halifax assessment criteria. One of the learners, Numayr Hussain, performed so well, that he was invited for a formal interview for a real part-time job at the bank's Norbury branch. He has been subsequently appointed to the role, and recently began work.
Colin John Mackinnon (Senior Bank Manager for the Brixton Pool) who led on the session at the College commented:
“Very proud moment today, seeing Numayr working, helping our customers at the Halifax in Norbury. The Halifax has had a relationship with South Thames College for over 4 years now, 3 of which I have led and it’s been such a joy. Myself and my team always enjoy attending the college to support students with employability skills training and I am always so encouraged as an employer to see such young talented people. It has been an aspiration of myself and Chris Dodd over that time to recruit a student from the college to the Halifax.
Numayr really stood out at our last event and I had a vacancy which he applied for, and passed the interview with flying colours and started with us in May! Today was the first day I could see him in branch due to restriction with COVID-19. He has settled in well and doing a great job. I think the close link the college has with employers is so important and thanks to it I was able to fill my vacancy. Looking forward to continuing to support the students at South Thames College."