South Thames College are now offering all local business and community partners free distance-learning training qualifications for staff and volunteers to help them develop further in their respective roles whilst they aren’t working in the office. This is the perfect way to contribute to your professional development whilst you are home working during this period of uncertainty, or a great time to learn something completely new.
Chris Dodd, Head of Employability at South Thames College commented: “We are doing all we can to help local businesses and their employees during this time and this is a great way that employees can continue to develop their skills and stay motivated whilst working from home.”
South Thames College has recently hosted representatives from Halifax Bank, as part of a wider series of events to develop the employability skills of it's learners.
During the visit, learners from AAT Level 2 Accounting attended a talk led by Colin John MacKinnon (Senior Bank Manager) on the types of careers available in the banking sector, and the key employability skills he looks for from staff.
The session was followed by a series of Mock Interviews which all of the Accounting learners took part in. One of the learners performed so well, that they have now been invited for a formal interview with Halifax Bank for a paid part-time role.
Upon completing the morning's events, Colin commented: “So lovely to see such talented youth interested in education powering their future careers. It was great to see the engagement from the group and the questions they had, there was a lot of talent in the room that I could see working in my organisation."
During the visit Maggie delivered a talk on the types of roles available in the sector, routes into employment, and the employability skills that major employers look for from staff.
The event finished with a number of learners registering their details with Maggie, to help them apply for employment after their course.
Merton College, part of the South Thames Colleges Group currently remains open to provide care for learners whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and students with safeguarding, welfare needs and health and care (EHC) plans.
A large part of this provision is based at the Aurora Learning Hub, a specialist non-residential FE Centre for young adults with moderate to severe learning disabilities, located at Merton College.
90% of the Centre’s staff consisting of learning support workers, tutors and therapists turned up today, Tuesday 24 March, and will continue to do so, to care for the learners in this area. They are supported by numerous other staff employed by the college group, who have volunteered to help in the Hub.
If you are studying at home during this period, please see below our top tips on making this work for you:
Start the day right - Set an alarm, get up and out of bed at the same time daily. If allowed to, go for a walk and get some fresh air before starting your studies.
Test Technology – Make sure you have the right software on your computer to enable you to do all the work you need to do, test this as soon as possible and let your teacher know if you have any problems.
Stick to a timetable – Write yourself a timetable that is similar to how your day at School / College will be and stick to it each day, if you are in a routine you are more likely to be more productive, make sure you fit in regular breaks too.
Last week learners from Level 2 Business proudly hosted Phil Cutnell from Royal Trinity Hospice, and the Deputy Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Sue McKinney, to celebrate their achievements in raising over £200 for the Hospice through a series of fundraising activities.
We are delighted to announce that the South Thames Colleges Group has been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted inspectors at a recent inspection in February 2020. This follows a previous Grade 2 awarded in 2016.
The four-day inspection by thirteen Ofsted inspectors was carried out under the new Ofsted inspection framework, which puts a greater focus on students’ personal development and behaviour.
The inspectors were impressed with the quality of education stating: “For most students, studying at the college is hard and rewarding work. Students thrive on the expectations that staff have of them” and “students at all campuses are taught by teachers who are enthusiastic and knowledgeable and who teach interesting lessons. As a result, students are captivated by what they learn and motivated to do their best.”
This week South Thames celebrated International Women’s Day. The purpose of the event is to motivate, inspire, connect and celebrate women and young girls. The event focused on raising awareness on social issues we all face day to day, the panel talk and workshops were designed to help unleash potential and help students to open up.
Stephanie Davidson, Employability Co-ordinator, commented: ' The workshop was a big success amongst the students, I have been getting approached by them saying how informative, enjoyable, educational they found it. Watching the students engage with each other, share their stories and experiences was inspiring."
It was very important to get experts from various professional backgrounds such as technology consultants, marketing consultants, doctors, entrepreneur, CEOs, founders, physiologist and many others to talk to the students are share their success stories. The feedback from the students was really positive.
South Thames College were delighted to host Jono Openshaw (Cluster Manager – Clapham) and some of his team at DW Fitness First who spent the morning with learners from Level 3 Year 1 Sport.
During the visit, Jono delivered a talk on careers in the Sport sector, and the key employability skills he looks for from staff. Learners were then put through mock job interviews, to develop their skills, confidence, and understanding of the interview format.