Cooking in a professional kitchen in Italy, home to some of the world’s most famous dishes, is something many working chefs aspire to – so the chance to go on a two-week work placement there has been a dream come true for our hospitality and travel and tourism students.

Eight students travelled to Aviano in Italy on 8 April for the visit, which is funded by Erasmus+, a European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport.

Based in a partner catering school, the College’s hospitality students are experiencing the passion and artistry of Italian food through general cookery and pastry classes, as well as trying their hands at cake decorating and making pizzas in the true Italian style. Meanwhile, travel and tourism students have been learning the demanding art of silver service in the school’s dining room.

The group will benefit from a range of visits during their stay including a trip to ‘Eataly’, a well-known food centre in Bologna, where they will find out more about traditional Italian food production.

International Manager at Lewisham Southwark College Shazi Giner said: “The chance to work in an authentic Italian kitchen and dining room, with 200 covers per day, and immerse themselves in a completely different culture, has been an amazing opportunity for our students, and one they won’t forget.”

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Mickita Humm and Jordan Ross prepare authentic Italian pizza for a panel of judges

Tenisha Clarke, Jordan Ross and Dervis Akinkurt make fondant fish for a centrepiece cake working with professional Italian patisserie chefs.

Fashion students at Lewisham Southwark College got a unique insight into life in another country when they spent a week in Seville, Spain, during March as part of a project funded by Erasmus+.

The trip saw 17 students travelling to the vibrant city where they got the chance to work alongside Spanish fashion students, sample traditional delicacies from the region, and visit beautiful landmarks such as Seville Cathedral.

The week was themed on ‘White Rose’, the global campaign tackling violence against women, and this inspired the creations students designed during the week. Traditionally standing for hope, peace and resistance, the White Rose has now been adopted worldwide, with artists as this year’s Grammy Awards wearing white roses to show their support for the #TimesUp initiative. Students used this theme to create some stunningly original designs.

The trip was made possible by Erasmus+, a programme which enables students from across the European Union to benefit from studying abroad. The visiting group also comprised students from our partner schools in France, Belgium, Italy, Croatia and Norway.

Natalie Garner, Head of Department said: “The trip was a fantastic opportunity for the students to meet people from another culture and get a new perspective on their subject. They threw themselves into the challenge and, despite the language barrier, collaborated very well with the Spanish students. The work the group produced on the theme of ‘White Rose’ is exceptional.”

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This year’s National Apprenticeship Week ran from 5 to 9 March and to celebrate it, visitors got the chance to pose questions to current successful apprentices and employers such as the world famous Shakespeare’s Globe.

During the week Lewisham Southwark College was nominated for a prestigious Creative & Cultural Skills Award. The College has been shortlisted in the ‘Training Provider of the Year’ category in the Awards, which honour individuals and organisations who have shown an outstanding commitment to skill development and learning in the creative industries. The winners of the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards will be announced at the 2018 awards ceremony dinner on 16 April at The Lowry in Salford.

Amongst the hundreds of local people and employers that came, we also had visits from our local MP, Vicky Foxcroft, Deputy Mayor Alan Smith, Councillor Jonathon Slater and Councillor Joyce Jacca throughout the week.

Foxcroft shared her thoughts on our Apprenticeship week as she tweeted, ‘Great to join @LS_College for their National Apprenticeships Week drop in today.’

Slater also shared his thoughts by tweeting ‘I enjoyed visiting @LS_College today where I met Yemi who is their Apprenticeship & Work Experience coach who delivered a session to prospective applicants on the benefits of doing an Apprenticeship’.

The This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. put on events across the week like the Apprentice & Employer panel and job shops to showcase everything that we have to offer as a College for Apprenticeships.

The four big companies on the Apprentice & Employer panel were:

- Corbin & King
- Shakespeare’s Globe
- CIS Security
- Anthology

Apprentice job shops and drop in sessions took place every day for those that wanted to find out more about apprenticeships and vacancies. Visitors also took part in fun activities such as the canapé and mocktail challenge and photo booth. On the Thursday, the awards evening took place to celebrate our hard-working apprentices and businesses. Our winners have been working hard throughout the year as apprentices and the night recognised their efforts at work and at the College.

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The best of Lewisham Southwark College’s apprentices were recognised at an awards evening at the Southwark Campus on 8 March.

Special guest for the evening was Jonathan Mitchell from the Institute of Apprenticeships who presented the awards. Awards were presented in 8 subject categories, recognising the best performances among more than 400 apprentices who follow programmes at its campuses in Lewisham, Deptford and Southwark.

Vanessa Packham, Director of Apprenticeships, Employment and Skills said: “For the second 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 – Shakespeare’s Globe beat off stiff competition from the other employers shortlisted to carry off the award, which was collected by Andrew Lawson from the theatre
The full list of award winners is as follows:



Shortlisted runners up

Construction Apprentice of the Year

Jevan Green from Ardmore

·         Ashley Hards

·         Ardmore

·         Tavin Honeygham,

·         Lewisham Homes

Hospitality Apprentice of the Year

Harrison Britton from  Corbin and King

·         Craig Andrews

·         Dominic Zeal

Business Apprentice of the Year

Roz Alvarez from  Honour Oak Practice

·         Mahema Begum – Incentive FM

·         Tiegan Hummerston – Sadlers Wells

Creative Apprentice of the Year

Jadzia Francis from  Shakespeare’s Globe

·         Isabel Burr – Historic Royal Palaces

Attendance Award

Victor Rady


Special Mention Award

Luke Treherne from  Philharmonia


Most Improved Apprentice

Wilhemina Lang from  Chartwells


Apprenticeship Employer of the Year

Shakespeare’s Globe

·         Vacherin

·         Sadler’s Well

·         Lewisham Council

·         Corbin and King

·         Ardmore

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Lewisham Southwark College has been nominated for a prestigious Creative & Cultural Skills Award during a week that has seen hundreds of local people and employers descending on the College to learn more about apprenticeships.

The College has been shortlisted in the ‘Training Provider of the Year’ category in the Awards, which honour individuals and organisations who have shown an outstanding commitment to skill development and learning in the creative industries.

The nomination was announced on 7 March during the College’s Apprenticeships Week – a week of creative workshops and activities organised across the College’s three campuses in Southwark, Lewisham and Deptford.

Part of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2018), the five-day event aimed to showcase the benefits of apprenticeships, and included a ‘Match the Celebrity’ game, where participants had to match a celebrity to the type of apprenticeship that could get you to where they are, and a timed ‘Mocktail Challenge’ in which entrants had to conjure up a virgin mojito.

Visitors also got the chance ask questions of past and current apprentices, and visit an ‘Apprentice Job Shop’ where they could explore live apprenticeship opportunities. Employers were able to pledge the number of apprentices they will take on this year on a special ‘Pledge-O-Meter’.

Local MP, Vicky Foxcroft and local councillors popped in to the Lewisham Campus to see for themselves the range of opportunities offered.

Vanessa Packham, Director of Apprenticeships, Employment and Skills at the College, added: “It was fantastic to see so many local young people and adults, as well as employers, visiting and engaging with us during Apprenticeships Week. Being nominated as Training Provider of the Year by the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards is the icing of the cake, and reflects our dedication to developing the next generation of skilled professionals in the creative industries.”

The College offers a wide range of apprenticeships in hospitality and support services, creative industries, and business and construction, and is one of the highest quality apprenticeship providers in South London. For the last 2 years, the College’s overall apprenticeship achievement rate has been at least 6.2% above the national average according to the government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency.

The winners of the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards will be announced at an awards dinner on 16 April at The Lowry in Salford.

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