South Thames College Access to HE: Fashion students and staff have teamed together to support the NHS during this pandemic. Students have been busy making scrubs for Kingston Hospital and South Thames College tutors have been working hard coordinating the delivery of material and patterns to students and ensuring they get them to the Hospital. James Reynolds has been cycling around delivering and collecting and the students have been busy making the scrubs.
South Thames College are very proud to be Patron Members of Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce, and are extremely grateful for all of the on-going support they provide. Here we talk to Steve Pinto (CEO of the Chamber) to find out how the Chamber works with the College, and support the local business community.
Please can you tell us a little bit about yourself, and the work of the Chamber of Commerce.
I have been involved in various roles with the Chamber for 16 years, acting as CEO for the last 5 years, and have worked passionately to develop it into a modern and inclusive organisation that plays a very active role locally, with a variety of businesses, from SMEs to multi-nationals.
Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce is an independent local organisation that works to provide partnership opportunities for businesses in the borough of Wandsworth that encourage partnership working both within the network and with key local stakeholders, and looks to provide the chance for these organisations to become part of the supply chain for major developments, such as the regeneration of the Battersea Power Station site.
There are over 200 active business members within the Chamber, and approximately an additional 1000 firms who regularly engage with members on a range of different activities. We normally organise over 60 networking events each year, and regularly engage with local organisations through our website, quarterly magazine, and weekly email newsletters.
Can you tell us how the Chamber works with South Thames College?
The Chamber enjoys a really strong partnership with the College. We regularly co-host events at the College’s Wandsworth site, and staff from the Employability Team play a very active role within the network of local businesses.
As this partnership has developed over the past 2 years, a number of Chamber member businesses have hosted College learners for Work Placements, and worked on a number of very successful projects, such as the Fashion Show 2019 with Wandsworth Oasis, which resulted in winning the Innovation of The Year award at the Wandsworth Business Awards last year.
Ayesha is studying Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma Business Management – Conversion HNC to HND Level 5. On choosing to study at South Thames College Ayesha commented, “South Thames College is an excellent institution; the teachers are very knowledgeable.”
“My aspiration is to achieve the highest grade possible this year. I have been offered places from all the Universities I have applied to: Middlesex University, London South Bank University, Kingston University, University of Roehampton and University of Greenwich.”