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Two former students from Lewisham Southwark College have shown their awesome computer programming skills having won a coding competition at Queen Marys University London.

The pair – Showrov Abul and Nowman Islam – both gained a Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT at the College before going on to study for a Software Engineering degree at Queen Marys, one of the UK’s leading universities.

Showrov and Nowman battled it out with their fellow students to win the competition, and are now set to represent the University at a Europe-wide competition in France. If they triumph on the European stage, the next stage will be to take part in the world tournament.

Head of IT and Computing Adu Antwi, said Showrov and Nowman during their time at the College, comments: “I’m delighted to see that these talented former students have won recognition for their fantastic coding abilities. It really does demonstrate that the IT foundations we provide students with at the College are the basis for building advanced skills which can take you anywhere.”

 
Travel and Tourism students got an amazing opportunity to learn more about the day-to-day work of cabin crew when they took part in an in-depth training day at the Flybe Academy on 1 December.

As part of the training, the 18 students went on a Flybe flight from London City Airport to Exeter Airport, during which they had the chance to talk to the operating cabin and flight crew about their roles. They also spent time in the company’s Training Academy learning all about the skills required to work as cabin crew, including safety procedures and the restrictions crew face on board.

Our students made the most of the day, and really impressed Flybe’s tutors and staff with their smart appearance and proactive attitude – in fact many people at the training centre asked them which airline they flew for!

Tutor Wendy Adams commented: “The Flybe training was well-organised and action packed – a great grounding for our learners. The feedback from the Academy was positive, and I’m very proud of how our learners approached the day, taking the opportunity to pose questions to the experienced crew members they met.”

Student Karolina Cepeleva said: “I really enjoyed the day. It was a very helpful addition to the course that I’m studying – the experience gave me more knowledge of cabin crew roles.”

Level 3 Business students recently represented the College in a youth debate, pitting their wits against students from seven other London FE colleges. The event, which looked at the issue of LGBT labels and whether they will be relevant in the future, was held at City Hall on 29 November, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act.

The LS College students won a place in the debating challenge having honed their skills during sessions with iDebate, the international debate education association.

At the youth debate, organised by iDebate, they gave the closing opposition argument to the motion: “This house believes that labels like ‘LGB and T’ will be irrelevant to future generations in our increasingly gender-fluid world.” BTEC Level 3 Business student George Etuk-Nge triumphed at the City Hall sponsored Youth Debate. George participated in the parliamentary format debate as Proposition Chief Whip in an event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act entitled “Labels have got to change”.

George has now been selected to lead a team of 4 Lewisham Southwark College students to compete in the annual iDebate Cup on December 9th in Islington, where they will compete against up to 8 other colleges and schools throughout the day.

Head of Business, Sue Hughes says: “Our debating team did the College proud and succeeded in delivering their arguments in a clear and convincing way. Taking part in the event was a great way for them not only to think about a very current topic, but also to improve their public speaking skills and build their confidence.”

The College’s debate group is looking for new members, and would love to hear from you if you’d like to get involved. The group meets at Southwark campus (S253) on Thursdays from 12 to 1pm, and there are plans to introduce a further group at Lewisham Way campus in the New Year. To find out more, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Find out more information about the LGB and T debate with iDebate here: https://idebate.org/news/are-labels-lgb-and-t-becoming-irrelevant

Beauty students at the College are getting the chance to upgrade their skills thanks to some exciting new opportunities – including the introduction of a Level 4 Certificate in IPL and Laser Treatments, and training in advanced Eve Taylor products for our Level 3 students.

The new Level 4 course has been launched in response to the fast-growing popularity of IPL and laser treatments for hair reduction and skin rejuvenation in UK salons and spas. More invasive than conventional salon treatments, these IPL and laser treatments require therapists to have accredited qualifications, so studying for the Level 4 Certificate is a great way for students to raise their skills and increase their earning power.  

Lyndsay Benford, Course Tutor, explains: “This course leads students into an exclusive specialism which is more likely to be offered in a doctor-run clinic than a high street salon. Launched in October, the course has welcomed back a number of our former students who are now working in salons and high-end spas across London.”

Current Level 3 students are also boosting their employability by undergoing product knowledge training for Eve Taylor – a range of advanced facial and body spa products used across many exclusive salons and spas. Students saw a demonstration of the facial treatment and got the opportunity to use the products in LS College’s T’ien salon, receiving an industry-recognised certificate at the end of the training.



The College’s Student Recruitment and Marketing team has been honored for the second year running in the prestigious national FE First Awards. The team scooped the Silver award for Web Development and were also Highly Commended in the Team of the Year category. They were presented with the awards at a gala dinner held on Monday 27 November, at the Hilton Warwick.

With more award entries than ever before, the FE First Awards 2017 were extremely competitive, so being placed highly across two categories is a real achievement. This follows a hugely successful awards season last year when the College won a Gold Marketing Team of the Year Award and Silver School Leaver Recruitment Team Award in the FE First Awards, as well as being shortlisted in the elite TES FE Award for Best Marketing / Communications Campaign 2016.

The FE First Awards, which are organised by the College Marketing Network, recognise marketing excellence within FE colleges throughout the UK.

Sonia Furley, Head of Student Recruitment and Marketing, says: “This year the team has worked hard to put prospective students at the very heart of the recruitment process and we’re so proud that this work has been recognised. The fact that the team has been awarded for two consecutive years is a fantastic achievement, and reflects that the College is going from strength to strength in the way it communicates and engages with its audiences.”



 

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