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Lewisham College has announced the appointment of a new Principal, marking an exciting new era for the institution.

Asfa Sohail, who was previously Vice Principal of Havering College of Further and Higher Education, took up the post of Principal of Lewisham College on 4 February.

The appointment comes at a period of positive change for the College. Formerly part of Lewisham Southwark College, Lewisham College recently separated to be a stand-alone institution – a move aimed at enabling it to tailor its curriculum to meet the specific needs of the communities the College serves. This followed its merger with NCG, one of the UK’s leading providers of training and education, in 2017.

With a wealth of experience in further education, and a track record of driving innovation and success, Asfa will be focused on forging partnerships and ensuring that Lewisham and Deptford residents continue to receive the best possible educational offer.

She said: “I am delighted to be joining Lewisham College at such an important time in its evolution. I strongly believe that education is for everyone, and I look forward to working with the local community to ensure that our offering helps school leavers and adults to fulfil their career ambitions.”

Peter Lauener, Chair of NCG, commented: “Our aim is to offer excellent opportunities for our students, and having the right people in key positions is vital to ensure that happens.”

John Litchfield, Chair of the Lewisham and Southwark College Board, said: “I’m really looking forward to working with Asfa to bring positive change to Lewisham College. She has had a very successful career so far and we’re delighted that she has decided to continue it with us. She brings with her fresh perspectives, lots of great ideas and imagination – and an infectious can-do attitude.”

Lewisham College is one of the best in the capital, ranked 4th in London and in the top 10% nationally in the latest Department of Education tables*. Offering a huge range of work-based courses across a wide variety of subjects, it has excellent success rates, with 100 per cent of students achieving their qualifications in many subject areas.



*Rankings relate to Lewisham Southwark College.

Southwark College has announced the appointment of a new Principal, marking an exciting new era for the institution.

Annette Cast, who was previously Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the College of Professional Services and Student Experience, took up the post of Principal of Southwark College on 4 March.

The appointment comes at a period of positive change for the College. Formerly part of Lewisham Southwark College, Southwark College recently separated to be a stand-alone institution – a move aimed at enabling it to tailor its curriculum to meet the specific needs of the communities the College serves. This followed its merger with NCG, one of the UK’s leading providers of training and education, in 2017.

With a wealth of experience in further and higher education, and a track record of driving innovation and success, Annette will be focused on providing the best possible educational offer for Southwark residents.

She said: “Southwark College is an amazing resource for the communities it serves, and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to help shape its future. My aim is to make the College the first choice for both further and higher education for local people, helping them to get into employment or further study.”

Peter Lauener, Chair of NCG, commented: “Our aim is to offer excellent opportunities for our students, and having the right people in key positions is vital to ensure that happens.”

John Litchfield, Chair of the Lewisham and Southwark College Board, said: “I’m so pleased to be able to welcome Annette to Southwark College. Her career to date has been successful and varied, and she brings such strength in a wide range of different areas. Annette’s enthusiasm and excitement about the role is infectious and I am sure she will make her mark on the College quickly.”

Southwark College is one of the best in the capital, ranked 4th in London and in the top 10% nationally in the latest Department of Education tables*. Offering a huge range of work-based programmes and higher education courses, it has excellent success rates, with 100 per cent of students achieving their qualifications in many subject areas.



*Rankings relate to Lewisham Southwark College.

Neil Coyle, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, visited Southwark College as guest of honour at its Apprenticeships and Careers Fair on Friday 8 March. Marking the end of the 12th National Apprenticeships Week.

The fair welcomed students, local employers and Southwark residents interested in finding out more about apprenticeships. As someone who fights to defend jobs in his borough, Visitors got he chance to browse a marketplace of stands hosted by businesses, and chat to current apprentices and employers.

Southwark College had hosted their annual apprenticeship awards evening on the previous evening, celebrating some fantastic success stories.

Southwark College offers a wide range of apprenticeships in support services, creative industries, and business, is among the highest quality apprenticeship providers in South London. The Apprenticeship achievement rate was 8.5% above the national average, according to the government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency.

Neil Coyle, MP, says: “Securing jobs for local people is a huge priority for me, and that’s why I am so pleased to be at this event at Southwark College. Apprenticeships are a fantastic option both for young people and for adults who may not currently be working. There are many different career paths which an apprenticeship can open up.”

Neil toured the exhibition stands with Annette Cast, Southwark College's new Principal.

Neil and Annette talk

 

The best of Lewisham Southwark College’s apprentices were recognised at an awards evening at Southwark College on Thursday 7 March.

Awards were presented by Director of Apprenticeships, Employment and Skills, Vanessa Packham in 7 categories, recognising the best performances among more than 400 apprentices who follow programmes in a wide range of subject areas including hospitality and catering, construction, customer service and more. Vanessa Packham, said: “For the third year running our apprenticeship provision has been well above the national average for success rates and our award winners are a reflection of that. They are outstanding students who are injecting vitality and creativity into their jobs.” She added: “Learning while working is extremely valuable in developing practical skills and it takes a great deal of commitment and drive from our apprentices – and their employers - to achieve these high levels of success. The Awards also recognised the Apprenticeship Employer of the year – construction company, Masher Brothers, beat off stiff competition from the other employers shortlisted to carry off the award.  

The full list of award winners is as follows:

Award

Runner Up

Runner Up

Winner

Construction Apprentice of the Year

Ollie Canning from

John Baptist Lwanyaga from De-A-Nay

Jordan Sekitto from Masher Brothers

Hospitality Apprentice of the Year

Mihal Pilat from The Kiln, Kilburn



Giovanna Testa from Aneto Cafe

Creative Apprentice of the Year

Andrea Scantlebury from Phoenix Community Housing



Revell Dixon from Philharmonic Orchestra

Business Apprentice of the Year

Luke Traherne from Philharmonic Orchestra

Jordan Nightingale from Loughborough Estate Management Board

Andrew Sackey from Lewisham Carers

Apprenticeship College Attendance Award 2019

Andrew Sackey from Lewisham Carers



Jordan Nightingale from Loughborough Estate Management Board

Apprenticeship Employer of the Year

Imperial War Museum

Historic Royal Palaces

Masher Brothers

Most Improved Apprentice of the Year





Daniel Beard from Gloster MEP




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    A group of ESOL Level 1 learners from Southwark College participated in a special event on 6 March, aimed at helping young people who are new to the UK.

    Organised by Coram, a specialist training provider, the Young Citizens Breaking Barriers Event welcomed the students for a day of inspirational speeches, interactive games, activities and workshops. The aim of the event was to improve understanding of the UK’s asylum process, rights and entitlements in children’s services, life in the UK, and resilience and wellbeing.

    Students from Southwark took part in an activity entitled ‘Our past, present & future’, where – along with Coram’s Young Citizens – they shared some of their favourite memories, strengths and dreams for the future. Another workshop, ‘Your life in the UK’ was a safe space where they could talk about the difficulties they have faced and talk about the life and future they would like to create.

    Garineh Mirzaei, Progress Coach at Southwark College, says: “The event was a fantastic, positive initiative for young people who have recently arrived in the UK. I was delighted to see our ESOL learners taking part so enthusiastically: it was great to hear them sharing their challenges and their plans for the future.”

    Coram Children’s Legal Centre runs training courses for service providers in the statutory and voluntary sectors aimed at helping them improve their understanding of the legal rights of migrant and refugee children, young people and families.



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