On Friday 7th February Marsha de Cordova, MP for Battersea visited South Thames College to experience a day in the life of an apprentice in celebration of National Apprenticeship Week.
The Annual National Apprenticeship Week celebration brings the whole Apprenticeship community together to celebrate the impact of Apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.
This years ‘Look Beyond’ theme celebrates the diversity and value Apprenticeships bring to all the community, highlighting the talent and energy Apprentices bring in to the workplace
As part of their Event Management learning students studying Level 3 Business had to produce and manage an event from start to finish. They worked with the Crisp Packet Project, a charity set up to support an art project and homeless charity. Empty foil crisp packets are collected and used to create bivy bags which are distributed to those less fortunate.
Pen, the owner of Crisp Packet Project commented, “I had a brainwave back in November because I volunteered for a charity and we couldn’t afford to get sleeping bags or biffy bags so I thought the next day at work I decided to make a bivy bag out of a crisp packet, it’s all surplus waste that we use to stop it going into landfill which is really helpful. The reflective heat from crisp packet foil helps people and we put air vents in so they don’t get too hot, this is the first stop of my UK tour.”
This week South Thames College played host to over 40 major Construction organisations, by being the venue for Wandsworth WorkMatch’s ‘Construct Wandsworth 2020’ event.
During the day learners were able to meet the employers, and gain significant information on employment and Apprenticeship opportunities for after their current course. They were also able to gain a real insight into the employability skills and traits these organisations look for.
The event proved to be a real success, with a number of learners registering their details with the employers to be contacted for future information.
Jason Obahiagbon, Senior Business Engagement Officer (Construction) at WorkMatch commented: "We are delighted at the success of the event yesterday, bringing in developers, contractors, residents and the college under one roof. The feedback received from both visitors and employers was positive. We are very grateful to STC for supporting us in hosting this event. We look forward to continuing our working relationship with south Thames college to provide training and employment opportunities to our residents."