Last week South Thames College hosted Peter Fison, founder & Managing Director of South West London TV (SWL.TV) (https://southwestlondon.tv/), who talked to our Film & TV Production learners about planning for their future careers in the sector.
During the talk, Peter focused on a number of topics. including the need to gain relevant Work Experience, the importance of developing a portfolio of work early, and evidencing the key employability skills such as communication, and meeting deadlines.
Over the past two weeks learners from Level 1 & Level 2 Construction Multi-Skills have completed a renovation project of a community group’s office in Brixton, as part of their Work Experience.
During the project, learners were involved in painting & decorating, furniture installation, and hanging doors. All of the learners commented on how much they enjoyed being involved.
Romilda Dompreh is a Human Rights Advocate & Founder of ROMILDAMOR, a Humanitarian Women’s Rights Organisation working to raise funds and awareness to various forms of social injustice faced by women across the globe.
Focusing on Human Trafficking, Gender Based Violence, Child Marriage & Gender Inequality. The Seva Project is a great platform that allows ROMILDAMOR to connect with students at colleges and spread awareness about these causes.
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.
This week learners from Level 2 Business have this week played a leading role in supporting the events management team at a General Election Hustings in Tooting.
Reporting to Arshad Daud, the Vice-Chair of the Balham & Tooting Community Association (BATCA), who organised the event, the learners were responsible for helping to setup the equipment on the evening, and act as Ambassadors in welcoming the guests and political candidates.
During the event the learners practiced a number of key employability skills, including teamwork, communication, and organisation.
Learners from our Performing Arts, and Hair & Media Make-Up courses have recently gained first hand experience of working in the industry, by supporting Rogue Opera with their production of Don Giovanni.
As part of the project the Performing Arts learners were involved in managing the rehearsals, which were held at the College. The Hair & Media Makeup learners attended a Masterclass with the show's lead makeup artist, before providing support with preparing the performer's look on the day of the dress rehearsal.
Learners from Level 3 Year 1 TV & Film Production has attended a careers day at Sky Television, at their European Headquarters in Brentford.
As part of the day, learners had s tour of the studios, watched the live production of Sky News, and had career talks from Sky's HR Team, and production department.
Henry Yanney (Employability Coordinator), who organised and supervised the trip, said: "This was a fantastic insight into the running of one of the world's most prestigious TV production organisations. The learners ģained a real understanding of the types of roles available to them in the future, and the expectations of large employers such as Sky."