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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.’

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College leaders across London and the Association of Colleges are calling on the Secretary of State for Transport to save the 16+ Oyster Card and give young people the opportunity to get back on their feet after coronavirus. Through local campaigns and a letter to the Transport Secretary, the coalition is also backing a campaign led by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) for the reinstatement of free travel for all under 18s: Don't Zap the Zip: Keep London transport free for under 18s.

The Association of Colleges has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, calling on the government to reverse the decision to suspend free travel for young Londoners. Leaders from London’s colleges are also writing to their MPs warning of the detrimental impact on young people’s education and training opportunities and the risk shutting out the most disadvantaged from moving around the city could have. 

All further education colleges in London, the Association of Colleges and CPAG put safety first and are concerned that public transport should not be used before it is safe to do so while coronavirus is still a threat to public health. Reopening plans for colleges include minimising travel on public transport, with continued staggered opening hours, plans for cycling support and reduced cohorts of students. However, 168,000 students in 16 to 18 education, including almost a quarter on free (school) meals will face severe cost barriers to opportunities and overall quality of life if free travel for all under 18s is suspended.  

A suspension would mean that for the first time travel becomes a cost barrier to young people’s participation in education in the capital. As the country recovers from the pandemic, it is essential that young people are supported to get back on their feet and access the opportunities that will be so vital in a jobs and skills market that has suffered greatly over recent months. Young people disproportionately suffer during economic recessions and scrapping free travel risks shutting out the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people even further. 

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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."