Southwark College is celebrating Colleges Week in support of the Love Our Colleges national campaign to increase funding for Further Education institutions with a range of activities and events, including a Community Open Day on Wednesday 20 October, from 12pm - 4pm to help connect people in Southwark with local organisations and employers.
During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in interactive activities, attend talks, and receive careers advice and guidance. They will also be able to meet with a range of organisations who will be sharing information on services and job opportunities in the area, including Thames Reach, Home Start Southwark, Elevated Minds CIC, Get Set UK Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Unity Works, and St Giles Trust.
Annette Cast, Principal at Southwark College, said: "We are proud to be supporting the Love Our Colleges campaign to showcase the remarkable work colleges do across the UK. Southwark College has a long history of equipping students with the skills they need to achieve their goals and become well-rounded professionals.
“Colleges Week highlights the critical role further education plays in shaping the future workforce, promoting social mobility and supporting employers as we work towards economic recovery. The events taking place at our campus over the next few days are a shining example of our students’ successes and the valuable contribution we make to our local community.”
Colleges Week takes place from Monday 18 – 22 October 2021 and celebrates the brilliant things colleges do to build communities, boost business and support individuals.
David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: "Colleges Week showcases exactly why further education holds the answers to some of the biggest issues facing all of us. Now more than ever, we need highly skilled and well-educated workforces to deliver the economic recovery this government aspires to.
"Colleges Week this year is about celebrating the amazing work colleges do, educating 2.2 million people every year, including more than 600,000 16 to 18-year-olds. They hold the key to reducing skills gaps, combatting inequality, and providing better opportunities to disadvantaged communities. This week is about making our voices heard and campaigning with partners to make sure colleges continue to be a serious political, economic and social priority."
To take part in the Southwark College Community Open Day, head to southwark.ac.uk/open-days