South Thames College has recently hosted representatives from Halifax Bank, as part of a wider series of events to develop the employability skills of it's learners.
During the visit, learners from AAT Level 2 Accounting attended a talk led by Colin John MacKinnon (Senior Bank Manager) on the types of careers available in the banking sector, and the key employability skills he looks for from staff.
The session was followed by a series of Mock Interviews which all of the Accounting learners took part in. One of the learners performed so well, that they have now been invited for a formal interview with Halifax Bank for a paid part-time role.
Upon completing the morning's events, Colin commented: “So lovely to see such talented youth interested in education powering their future careers. It was great to see the engagement from the group and the questions they had, there was a lot of talent in the room that I could see working in my organisation."
During the visit Maggie delivered a talk on the types of roles available in the sector, routes into employment, and the employability skills that major employers look for from staff.
The event finished with a number of learners registering their details with Maggie, to help them apply for employment after their course.
Merton College, part of the South Thames Colleges Group currently remains open to provide care for learners whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and students with safeguarding, welfare needs and health and care (EHC) plans.
A large part of this provision is based at the Aurora Learning Hub, a specialist non-residential FE Centre for young adults with moderate to severe learning disabilities, located at Merton College.
90% of the Centre’s staff consisting of learning support workers, tutors and therapists turned up today, Tuesday 24 March, and will continue to do so, to care for the learners in this area. They are supported by numerous other staff employed by the college group, who have volunteered to help in the Hub.