On Friday 15 March the College hosted Warren Lubin, Communities Manager for United Living, a major construction management company. During his visit, Warren visited workshops and gave a series of talks to our Level 1 Maintenance Operations learners and Level 2 Plumbing learners on careers in the Construction sector, and opportunities to progress to employment at the end of the academic year.
Warren's insight was invaluable, and focused on key employability skills that organisations such as United Living look for, such as attendance, reliability and the importance of health and safety.
All of the sessions were well received by the learners, with the Q&A session for one group lasting more than 30 minutes!
United Living, in association with some of their subcontractors, have now offered additional Work Experience placements for Construction learners moving forward.
A number of the country's biggest construction companies met with current and former students looking for work in the building trade at a special event hosted by South Thames College.
With a range of big budget infrastructure projects going on around London there is a huge demand for skilled workers, so our College Business Centre focused on matching learners with the right companies to find out what opportunities are open to them.
South Thames College is investing more than £4 million in our Engineering and Construction Centre on our Merton Campus.
The investment will allow us to expand and improve our facilities and increase the courses available to local people. The courses have been chosen to help students be work ready and meet the demand from employers for jobs in London. The improved facilities will reflect the latest changes and advances in technology.
South Thames College, working with Wandsworth Council, has launched free construction skills training for unemployed Wandsworth residents and those working fewer than 16 hours per week to help get them into regular work.
Students learn fundamental skills for what’s needed to work on a construction site such as scaffolding and carpentry. They also sit a test to give them a CSCS card – essential for working on a site.
Out of the first 13 candidates to complete the course, four moved directly into new jobs and others started more advanced training or have been offered interviews for work.
An aspiring plumber swapped South Thames College for the slums of Mumbai after being selected to take part in new BBC Three series, Slum Survivors.
17-year-old Arsa Edwards from Streatham travelled with two other young trainee plumbers from the UK to spend ten days in India, being guided and tested by extraordinary local trade people who share their vocation.