Staff and Students from the University of Northampton arrived at our Merton Campus in a big yellow American school bus to promote the university and the courses they offer.
More than 100 South Thames College students stepped on board the bus, getting the chance to ask questions and find out lots of useful information about life at university and their available options from the student ambassadors.
Sue Rathmell, Careers Advisor at South Thames College, said: “It was a really innovative way to market the degree options at the university and it was successful in raising the aspirations of our L2 and L3 learners considering university as an option.”
The university staff also commented on how our students were “the most engaged and asked more questions than any other college they had visited whilst on their roadshow”.
South Thames College's Level 2 and 3 hairdressing students, based at the College's Merton Campus worked on their community project with Merton Women's Refuge, to offer free hair services of cuts, treatments and blow dries. The ladies were thrilled with the outcome of their services. This was a great experience for the learners to gain assessment opportunities and work with the community.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, visited South Thames College to launch Skills for Londoners, an initiative which aims to offer all Londoners the opportunity to train in the skills the Capital most needs.
During his visit to the College, The Mayor was shown the motor vehicle department and musical instrument making workshop and spoke to students about their courses, college experience and employment opportunities after finishing their course.
The initiative is set out to help make sure that all Londoners have the opportunity to train in the ‘skills our economy needs’. It will look into working with colleges and other skills providers, local businesses and the Government to ensure training opportunities are given to support Londoners and gain the skills employers are looking for.
As part of this, The Mayor will be investing £114 million in the Capital’s Further Education Colleges to help create high-performing colleges to meet the needs of London’s economy and help reduce youth unemployment.
For more information, please visit: http://www.sadiq.london/skills_for_londoners
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