This week learners on Level 2 Hairdressing hosted Hector Obeng, owner of Hector’s Global Hair (http://www.hectorsglobalhair.com/) in the College Salon.
During the visit, Hector gave a detailed and inspiring account of his career, and the key employability skills he looks for from staff.
The day finished with Hector interviewing and offering Work Experience placements to two of the learners.
Stephanie Davidson (Employability Coordinator), who organised the event, said: “Hector’s visit was a huge success, and all of the learners spoke very highly about the talk, and how it helped encourage them to begin thinking about fulfilling their dreams of one day being a salon owner.”
Seva project is a social project by South Thames College staff and students working in collaboration with expert practitioners to address various social issues. The project first launched in June and has since been growing. On 1st October we held a ' Let's Talk' Seva Event at South Thames College where students participated in a variety of workshops. Workshops and seminars conducted as part of Seva project assist in raising awareness, tackle stigma, and make mental health a normal part of everyday coversation. It is about exploring what we can do both as individuals and as a community to build a positive culture around mental health.
South Thames College Art & Design students were invited to the Royal Academy of Arts for ‘Access Art 25’, which is a free event organised by the Academy to encourage engagement in the arts through a series of professional talks, workshops and in this instance, the Anthony Gormley exhibition. The level 3 & 4 UAL Foundation students at South Thames College, Wandsworth were selected out of several hundred other participants to take part in a special hour long workshop with Anthony Gormley in the Keepers Studio at the Academy.
During the workshop, the students worked with Anthony himself, creating abstract depictions in clay using 3D sculptural techniques which were then developed further as each person responded to the next idea. They also had the opportunity to speak with Anthony about his pathway into becoming a famous British sculptor. Students came away from the workshop feeling inspired and excited to use the ideas they had learned from Anthony. We spoke to our students about their experience;
Queen Mutesi really enjoyed the exhibition and workshop, “I specifically enjoyed looking at Anthony’s steal pieces that were abstract, I liked the simplicity and composition of his art, it’s almost like telling a story. We worked with clay where we only had a minute to create something out of the clay ball so it taught me how to work fast under pressure and still have a great outcome. I learnt how to make 3D art pieces and will incorporate them into my own Art.”
Having a valuable work experience before graduating, could lead the way to better opportuniines in the future, as stastically, 80% of employers calim that work expereince on the CV is essential. (Nisen, 2014)
In the below article that featured in Buinsess Connexions McJones Group chat about the importance of work experience and their partnership with South Thames Colege.
Last night representatives from the Employability Team at South Thames College attended a Business Reception at the House of Commons hosted by MP for Battersea, Marsha de Cordova, and the Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce
During the evening the Team were able to network and establish links with a number of new businesses, and hear inspirational insights from Jean Marc Feghali, founder of WeWALK and Marsha de Cordova herself, on how she manages her successful political career, with a visual impairment.
A big thank you to the Chamber for inviting the team to the event
Learners on the Level 3 TV & Film Production course are currently playing a leading role in the development of a filming project in association with Battersea Healthcare, the Wandsworth GP Federation as part of their Work Experience.
During the project, learners are filming and editing training sessions and seminars, to enable Battersea Healthcare staff to be able to watch the events 24/7 via their internal digital learning platform. This reduces the need for health workers to take time out from running their practices.
Melanie Ashdown, Director of Aim Solutions which is contracted by Battersea Healthcare to produce the filming project, has been delighted by the progress made by the learners so far, and commented: “These guys are awesome!”
During the placement, Marcus Hall and Victoria Obasuyi have redesigned logos for the Chocolate Films website to illustrate the external clients that the company works for.
The placement has provided the learners the opportunity to gain invaluable experience of working to a real live design brief, and also begin to develop their portfolios with examples of commercial work.
Working within a 2 day window, the learners produced an excellent piece of work, and learnt a number of employability skills such as project management, team working, and time management.
This work will go towards the learner’s overall final portfolio, and is part of an on-going partnership between South Thames College and the Rebound Gaming Hall.
Paul Reynolds of Rebound Gaming Hall commented, "We established a great relationship with South Thames College from day one of being in Wandsworth and we are delighted to now have a small piece of REBOUND dedicated to the great work of the art faculty and four students in particular. They have done a super job and the mural really complements our values of fun and inclusivity."
Learners from Level 3 Plumbing and Level 3 Electrical Installations attended a major careers fair organised by Battersea Power Station, to highlight the significant number of employment and Apprenticeship opportunities available to them when they finish their course.
During the evnet learners spoke to a number of large employers including Mace and Sir Robert McAlpine to find out more about the relevant opportuniites available to them, and registered their details.
The event proved to be a huge success, and the College is going to work directly with these contractors to help organise learners submitting CVs to be considered for future roles.
South Thames College has picked up the award for Innovation of the Year for the collaboration with Wandsworth Oasis on a charity fashion show that showcased the type of sustainable fashion that can be re-used and upcycled.
It was a truly collaborative effort as students from a range of courses were involved in the show, gaining invaluable first-hand experience. The Art & Design students worked on style redesign of the Wandsworth Oasis clothes which were exhibited on the night with Beauty & Media Make up students styling the models. Construction students built the stage and the TV & Film Production students filmed throughout the event.