Lewisham Southwark College is delivering a British Gypsum-sponsored drylining/plastering training and employment programme in collaboration with Barratt’s London and Stanmore Contractors.
This programme, being run at The Bridge – the new Pre-employment Construction Academy for Lewisham Southwark College – helps address the serious skills shortage in London. It is designed to introduce young people to the built environment and support them in obtaining relevant skills to gain employment in the construction industry.
Programme participants receive one week’s theoretical study, one week’s practical training and two weeks’ intense training on a live construction site.
All candidates will be offered an interview, and successful candidates will receive a probation period and progress into a drylining workforce development programme/framework for 12–24 months. So far, five learners have been offered employment and training contracts with Stanmore’s on Barratt London construction sites.
Some of our business learners recently received the chance to visit the Barclaycard office, in London, to learn more about employment in the banking sector and explore various interview techniques.
Four groups, of 12 students each, were selected as a result of their attendance merit at the College. Participants included 16- to 18-year-olds from our BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate Business (delivered at Lewisham Way) and BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma Business (Lewisham Way and Waterloo) programmes. Adults on the BTEC Level 5 HND Marketing course (in Lewisham Way) also attended.
Accompanied by course tutors, each group attended a two-hour session delivered by Barclaycards’ volunteers. This included various individual/group tasks and covered topics such as:
• Career development plans
• How Barclaycard plan recruitment using internal and external sources
• Interview techniques
• Skills and competencies required for banking jobs
“This experience has inspired our learners in choosing accounting and banking degree courses,” said Sue Hughes.
“They have used this on their UCAS personal statement to enable entry to possible Russell group universities. It has clearly helped with their interviewing skills, as a number of them have secured Christmas part-time jobs.”
Derek Gorman of Barclaycard said: “We are delighted to have supported Lewisham Southwark College and would like to thank everyone who helped us to make this happen. Alongside our commitment to young people to improve their chances of employability, Barclays has a fantastic community investment programme that encourages employees to get involved in the causes we care about. It’s about giving back our skills, time and energy to support our local communities – so we’re thrilled to have taken part.”
Those taking part wore formal clothes and travelled to the venue (on the 30th floor of Barclaycards’ building in the City) by DLR, so they could get a real feel of the London commute.
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Staff and children from local schools visited the College last week to watch the latest performance from drama students for ‘The Adams Family Christmas Show’.
The Level 3 Acting & Technical Theatre students have been working on the performance since halfterm, in a production specifically adapted by their tutor, John Paul Townsend, for primary schools which featured all of the original characters including Pugsley, Uncle Fester and Lurch.
The production was the culmination of many months of hard work and dedication by all staff and students involved. Following the evening performance on 1 December, the production was opened to an afternoon performance for the school children. In total, the performance had 250 visitors.
The students were involved with the whole production from set and costume design through to the final performance. Karla Ptacek , Head of Performing Arts, said: “I’m extremely proud of our students – they’ve shown a great deal of hard work and determination to make the show perfect. They are very passionate about what they do and it is certainly reflected in the performance. We hope the young children who attended on the day enjoyed their visit and can’t wait to invite them back for our next production.”
Beecroft Garden Primary School were one school who attended: “Everyone was blown away by yesterday’s performance. The pupils talked about it all the way back to school” said Nicola Ryder, Deputy Headteacher.
Some of our Level 2 Diploma in Floristry students were recently commissioned to provide flower designs for the Association of Colleges’ Christmas Parliamentary Reception.
The three lucky learners - Kleo Dillon, Rachel Kirkum and Shionn Blair – attended the gathering, which was hosted at the House of Commons on 01 December 2015.
They also got to meet Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid, who was guest speaker for the night. He later tweeted his thanks to the students.
“It was an incredible honour for our students, and I am still thrilled that they were invited to participate in the Christmas Parliamentary Reception,” said Louise Roffey, Floristry Lecturer at Lewisham Southwark College.
“Studying floristry at a further education level helps give learners vital professional and technical confidence, and it’s wonderful to see more and more of our students participate in events that push their skill set even further.”
Students from our first and second year Business courses in Waterloo raised a fantastic £72 for Children in Need during the open day in November.
The students collated bric-a-brac items from various sources and made cakes to sell to staff, students and visitors. They took charge of the stand themselves – ensuring it was professionally displayed, and allocated roles to each team member. The ‘sales’ team were obviously very persuasive and all cakes were quickly sold!
The second year students also acted as mentors to their first year team members – putting into practice what they’d learnt last year through the Enterprise Scheme completed at Spitalfield Market.
Head of Department, Sue Hughes, said: “We’re so pleased that not only did the students use their initiative to set up and run a fantastic stand, but that the students and the College were able to support such a worthy cause.”
Thanks also to Rahman Abdullah who assisted the students in co-ordinating the event.
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