BTEC Level 3 Health & Social Care students went on course related visits to Wimbledon Ambulance Station on Wed 4th and Fri 6th December 2019. Staff present who organised the trip were Senior Pastoral Tutor Dev Kanagasundaram and his former South Thames College colleague Chris Hutchinson, who had previously worked as a Paramedic in the London Ambulance Service for 28 years.
The students were given talks by London Ambulance Service (LAS) staff about their roles, pathways into the LAS, day-to-day duties and challenges etc. There were then questions and answers throughout their tour including in the back of an ambulance with Clinical Team Managers Rob Morgan and Lisa Vennart. The experiential learning counts as evidence towards our student’s qualifications.
Learners from Construction Multi-Skills, Plumbing, and Electrical Installation have this week gained an insight into career progression options for after their course, as the College hosted managers from Wates Residential to talk through careers in the sector.
During the event Jennie Ellis (Community Investment Manager) and Dan Beech (Production Management Trainee) gave a detailed overview of the types of roles Wates Residential are looking to recruit to, Apprenticeships, the key employability skills they look for from staff, and the recruitment process learners have to go through if they are looking to apply for a role with the company.
Colleagues from across the 4 Colleges within the South Thames Colleges Group (STCG) have come together to celebrate and thank a number of the businesses that they work with each year to provide learners with the opportunity to develop and enhance their employability skills through activities such as Work Experience, careers talks, mock interviews, and site visits.
During the inaugural Employer Awards 2019, help at Merton College, the Chief Executive of STCG, Peter Mayhew-Smith, spoke with great pride at all of the collaborative work taking place across the group with their relevant local business communities to ensure learners are much better prepared for the world of work once they finish their studies.