On Thursday 14 March the College hosted James McCallum, Managing Director of Caremark (Wandsworth), one of the largest care providers in South West London.
During his visit James spoke to Level 3 Health & Social Care learners about his career, opportunities in the sector, and the personal attributes he looked for from staff.
The talk concluded with an overview of how learners can apply for existing part-time roles with Caremark, alongside their main course, and how to apply for them. The College will shortly begin advertising vacancies on behalf of Caremark on its internal Learner Jobs Board.
On Wednesday 27 February Halifax Bank put learners on our Level 2 Business course through their paces. Senior staff from the Brixton branch including the Branch Manager completed mock job interviews for existing bank jobs using the company recruitment framework.
This was the final part of a 3 stage process, where staff from the bank helped the learners to identify their own strengths and weaknesses in relation to the world of work, and then prepare for the final mock interview.
All of the staff from the Halifax were hugely impressed with the way in which the learners conducted themselves throughout, and are now going to start advertising relevant branch-based part-time jobs through the College's learner jobs board.
Halifax have already confirmed that they would like to continue to work with the College on similar projects moving forward.
School of English and Maths Lecturer, Ida Leal, has recently had her language teaching research published in the book ‘Continuity and Discontinuity in Learning Careers: Potentials for a Learning Space in a Changing World’.
This is as a result of her ongoing interest in the power of meaningful dialogue and critical reflection through reading to transform lives. Ida has been using book clubs with her ESOL and English for International Students for a number of years as a strategy to encourage her learners to develop a love of reading in English. The formalisation of her idea started when she was a student on the BA in Lifelong Learning, run by Canterbury Christ Church University, here at the College and her research has subsequently taken her to Cape Town, Seville, Leeds and Rennes where she has explored her idea more and shared it with the wider teaching community. Ida states: “taking an approach to English language teaching which fosters transformative learning, helps to enable English language learners to think more democratically and more critically. This is becoming an ever more important skill to negotiate and navigate the multi-cultural worlds our students live in.”