South Thames College are now offering all local business and community partners free distance-learning training qualifications for staff and volunteers to help them develop further in their respective roles whilst they aren’t working in the office. This is the perfect way to contribute to your professional development whilst you are home working during this period of uncertainty, or a great time to learn something completely new.
Chris Dodd, Head of Employability at South Thames College commented: “We are doing all we can to help local businesses and their employees during this time and this is a great way that employees can continue to develop their skills and stay motivated whilst working from home.”
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.