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One of our ex-students, Martins Imhangbe, is set to take on the lead role in exciting new play Luce which opens at Southwark Playhouse on 09 March 2016.

Luce follows the story of a boy, born in a war-torn country, adopted by two white American parents – and Martins will star alongside TV personality Mel Giedroyc (of Mel and Sue, The Great British Bake Off).

Martins first landed a lead role in play ‘LionBoy’ (November 2014 – April 2015), performing at the Tricycle Theatre in London and then on Broadway, in South Africa, Hong Kong, South Korea just to name a few. It was whilst in this main part that he was seen by Luce’s Director. He won the role in Luce after a successful audition.

Luce will run from 09 March – 02 April 2016. You can buy tickets here:  http://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show/luce/

About Martins

Martins Imhangbe studied Level 3 Performing Arts BTEC from 2007-2009. From 2009-2010, he studied UAL Diploma Technical Theatre at the College. Martins was then accepted into The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama – graduating in 2013.

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Lewisham Southwark College has received a Two Ticks symbol by JobCentre Plus. Two Ticks is given out for positive action in encouraging applications from disabled people. 

Principal and CEO Carole Kitching Carole Kitching said: “This news recognises our continued efforts to strive for equality for all, and is a great achievement – one we’re very proud of.”

The Two Ticks symbol is awarded to those demonstrating five commitments:

1.       To interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities

2.       To discuss with disabled employees at any time but a least once a year, what you can both do to make sure they can develop and use their abilities

3.       To make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment

4.       To take action to ensure all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work

5.       To review these commitments every year and assess what has been achieved, plan ways to improve on them and let employees and Jobcentre Plus know about progress and future plans’ [Points taken from www.gov.uk/recruitment-disabled-people/encouraging-applications]

Lewisham Southwark College offers cross-college additional learning support, and also supported learning courses which have been specifically designed to suit young people aged 16-24 who have learning difficulties.Why not discover our supported learning programmes today?

You can also read about our recent shortlisting for the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2016 Training Provider of the Year Award.

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17-year-old Erik Pascarelli, who studies UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Fine Art Pathway), achieved a place on a prestigious course after finishing in the Beauty School Dropout competition’s top ten.

The creative contest – which welcomed 2,000 applicants – required entrants to create a new look and Erik used his skills in drawing, painting, photography and contextual research learnt on the foundation programme to develop his styling for the competition.

The judges were impressed that he wasn’t linear in his approach and took, understood and applied research to create a look that was unique and cutting edge.

The resulting five-day beauty course included hair and make-up demonstrations, vlogging and business tips from industry insiders, as well as mentoring from professionals Nicola Schuller and Lou Teasdale.

Erik reflected: “The Foundation [Diploma] has enabled me to think, critique and apply loads of different skills in order to create something that has meaning and power to others. I am a better stylist for doing the course.”

He’s subsequently earned an impressive apprenticeship at a styling salon, and plans to take the diverse skills and critical thinking acquired on the Foundation Diploma to develop his styling brand.

Why not explore our art programmes or learn about our inspiring students?

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We’ve been shortlisted for the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards 2016 Training Provider of the Year Award, which celebrates ‘Further Education colleges that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to training to enable young people to work in the creative industries.’


We join Cardiff and Vale College and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in the shortlisting.

“I’m delighted with the news,” said Principal and CEO Carole Kitching. “Lewisham Southwark College is dedicated to supporting students through their study programmes, getting them ready for further study or employment - so it’s wonderful to be recognised for our training provision.”

Creative Apprenticeships Assessor, Nicole Alison added “We’re thrilled that the hard work of a small team is making impact on a national level.”

Our College joins Cardiff and Vale College and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in the shortlisting. The winner will be announced on 2nd March.

Further details, including award sponsorship and partnership information, can be found here: https://ccskills.org.uk/supporters/awards

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Devin Brooks studies a Level 2 Diploma in Bricklaying at Lewisham Southwark College. 

Devin also happens to be in a Kairos move-on house from the Kairos Community Trust in London. (Abstinence-based accommodation is provided by the Trust to those who’ve completed detox and rehab.)

He explains: “I tried to do bricklaying twice before and I dropped out because of the drink. This time, however, being in recovery and at Kairos, I’ve cracked it.

“Dad was a plumber and my brothers were plasterers. I always liked bricklaying and brickwork but never managed to get it together until I got clean and sober. I’m enjoying it so much. It’s skillful and takes a lot of technique and you get to see your finished work, which will be round a lot longer than we will be. Plus, it’s a well-paid job – and it keeps you fit! College is such a friendly place, and the staff here are making sure I stay on track.

“I’m happy. At Kairos, I got to know who I am – I had no idea who I was when I arrived at Linden Grove. Now, I’ve got back self-respect, dignity and ambition. This is the real me. My family, my daughter – they’re really proud of me. I’m not going to end up some ‘old drunk’.

“I’d like to be self-employed, but first I want to do the Diploma in Tiling – and get my driving licence. I know the College can help me get there.”

Tutor Luke Hudson said: “Devin is an outstanding student, pushing himself to tackle more technical pieces and stretching himself to Level 3. He’s an inspiration to those who feel it’s too difficult to change their situation. ”

If you’re interested in our construction courses, take a look at our programmes.

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