To enrich our younger ESOL learners’ experience at the College, ESOL lecturer Sandra Augusto-Willcocks, arranged for an afternoon of Afro Dance Fusion run by excellent instructor Adriano Oliveira.
Professional dancer and choreographer Adriano, skilfully mixed dance and Brazilian martial arts to engage, motivate and energise over 40 of our learners in an amazing session which was enjoyed by all.
Sandra commented: “It was a really fantastic day and all the students had a lot of fun and learned something new.” Students commented that it was “The best day ever!” with some even asking if the sessions would be running every week from now on!
To celebrate National Careers and Apprenticeships Weeks South Thames College hosted an Employer Breakfast on Friday 8th March with the Honourable Member of Parliament for Battersea, Marsha de Cordova (Shadow Minister Work & Pensions/Disabled People) delivering the keynote. We were joined at this auspicious event by representatives from over 70 organisations across a range of sectors where they had the opportunity to network with each other.
Jamie Stevenson, Director of Business Partnerships, South Thames Colleges Group commented: “South Thames College recognises its role in the importance of preparing individuals for work which is sustainable and allows them to progress and achieve economic prosperity. This can only be done by working in partnership with our local employers. We as a collective can make sure that we have the right skills and training for today’s jobs and those future jobs that don’t yet exist.”
Employability Week at South Thames College has been a huge success with many positive outcomes for our learners. Students across the College attended insightful employer talks, benefited from mock interviews and attended Employer Fairs throughout the week. The employers generously gave up their time and spoke very positively about our learners.
- Childcare – Level 1 and Level 2 learners attended events run by recruitment staff from Bright Horizons nursery group). The events went so well, that the staff are coming back later in the week to interview 5 learners for initial Work Experience placements, which could be converted into employment at the end of the course, if they go well.
- Art & Design – Level 2 learners attended events run by Roopa Basu, founder of Art by Roopa.
- TV & Film Production – Level 3 Year 1 learners attended events run by Peter Fison, founder of South West London TV.
- Hair & Beauty - Headmasters and Exquisite Hair & Beauty Salon. The Hair & Beauty employers were particularly impressed with the professional image provided by the learners.
- Health & Social Care - Caremark Wandsworth and Living Foods for Health. Caremark Wandsworth are very keen to work with us to host a Recruitment Fair in the summer term for learners aged 18+ who are not progressing with us or going to University.
- Pamela Hurley, Business Partnerships Manager at our dedicated Business Centre was able to advise learners of Apprenticeship options for these sectors.