South Thames College hosted a series of workshops and classes promoting good mental health and well-being, staff and students worked in collaboration with expert practitioners to address various issues.
Seva is a Sanskrit word that describes the act of selfless love. Staff and Pupils worked with practitioners to provide a platform for discussions and opportunities, creating focus groups and mentor and support groups, with the aim to build an inclusive environment through positive discussion and action.
We ran a series of Workshops from ‘Mental Health is Wealth’ by Inside Out UK to a workshop on Yoga & Meditation practises to help improve Mental Health. Cricketer, Monty Panesar was also in attendance and participated in a Q&A with students, sharing his advice.
Learners from Level 1 Childcare have hosted a very successful Employer Fair for local Early Years providers.
As part of the event, held at the South Thames College Wandsworth Campus, the learners hosted 10 local organisations, including Noddy's Nursery, Little Bees, and The Play People.
During the morning Childcare learners from Levels 1 to 3 were able to talk to the employers, and gain an understanding of the types of jobs available, and expectations of staff in them.
The event proved to be so successful that 5 learners have now been invited for job interviews with some of the different providers who attended.
Learners from the School of Health, Sport, Business, and Salon Services recently supported local charity Wandsworth Oasis with running their 30th anniversary production of Bizet's opera, 'Carmen'
The show took place at Wandsworth Civic Suite, and as part of the evening Health & Social Care learners hosted a stand in the refreshments area, providing information on the work of Wandsworth Oasis, and HIV/AIDS.
In addition to this, Business learners supported with events management, by helping to set-up the venue, act as Ambassadors, and manage the registration desk at the start of the evening.
Callum Kantounas, pictured below, – Level 3 Building Services Technician Apprentice has been put forward by WSP for the Mentor National Apprentice Award. This award is recognised by the Institute of Apprenticeships.
His employers and the college have completed the application showing how he has worked above and beyond. Callum has also had to put together a portfolio of work that he is doing in the workplace and to show he is up to the standards required.
Many of our students use their new found skills to generate income and set up in business or as freelances.
Francoise, pictured below, sold her first piece at this year’s Merton Art’s Festival. She has attended our glass making course, building up her skills, making supportive friends and growing in confidence, and has found a welcome additional source of income.
The South Thames College Business Centre represented the College Group at the Wandsworth Employment Fair held at the Wandsworth Civic Centre and were given the stage for an hour to present and demonstrate Barista skills.
The presentation, which covered the skills and knowledge required to become a Barista was given by one of our Level 3 Hospitality apprentices from Putney Pantry, together with one of our Trainers. The event was well attended and the presentation was reported Live on Riverside Radio.
Espressos, Cappucinos and Lattes were flowing; all with impressive art work.
Pamela Hurley, one of the Partnership Managers based at the Tooting Business Centre, and Sarah Horrell represented the Group at the Sutton Business Awards which took place at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Sutton on Friday the 14th June.
The Business Centre sponsored the Award for Training and Development and both Pam and Sarah were invited to greet the winners, Stage Coach Performing Arts, to say a few words and present the award, on behalf of the South Thames Colleges Group. The event was well attended by over 80 local businesses.