South Thames College has been named the most successful training provider of cleaning courses in the country by the Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners and the City & Guilds Institute.
The annual Eric Hill Memorial Award is the most prestigious accolade in the cleaning industry and recognises the College as achieving the highest number of successful candidates on a cleaning-related qualification.
South Thames College helped celebrate Wandsworth's thriving business community at the borough's Business Awards led by Wandsworth Chambers of Commerce.
Over 220 people attended the event held at the Roehampton Club, which saw 11 businesses rewarded for their hard work and dedication in categories ranging from Entrepreneur of the Year, Commitment to the Community and Best Green Business.
Unemployed Londoners are being helped back into work by a free creative training programme delivered by Photofusion in partnership with South Thames College.
So far over 100 adults have benefited from undertaking accredited City & Guilds photography courses at Photofusion's resource centre in Brixton. Since the two organisations teamed up 16 months ago, almost half of students have returned to work after gaining the recognised qualification, with many taking up positions directly in London's creative industries.
Recent alumni have successfully secured employment as photographers for national newspapers, website designers and company directors, and in industries including fashion, theatre and retail. Graduating students recently exhibited their work at the Photofusion gallery, the first opportunity they’ve had to share their work with friends and family since enrolling on the courses.
The College will be helping local businesses share a windfall through our work in the London Capital Colleges group (LCC), a consortium of 12 of London's largest colleges, which has secured a £16m cash boost to fund work-based qualifications for around 9,000 working adults in a bid to improve skills in the capital.
Following the successful bid led by Newham College, Skills Support for the Workforce will be funded through the European Social Fund (ESF) and awarded by the Skills Funding Agency. It will be used by the training providers within the LCC to give free workplace training and support to help the capital's workforce gain relevant skills and qualifications to advance their careers and boost business growth.