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Lewisham Southwark College shortlisted for ‘Training Provider of the Year’ during Apprenticeships Week

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 into 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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