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Lewisham College is supporting the Love Our Colleges campaign this Colleges Week from Monday 18 – 22 October to highlight the critical role colleges play in skilling and shaping the future workforce and supporting economic growth and social mobility.

As part of the week, the College will be hosting a Community Day on Tuesday 19 October from 12pm – 4pm to celebrate the remarkable work colleges do day in and day out to help build communities, boost businesses, and support individuals unlock their potential.

At the event, attendees will have the opportunity to meet local organisations, including Community Connections, Lewisham Youth Theatre, Greenwich Cooperative Development Agency and Healthwatch Lewisham. They will also be able to participate in have-a-go course taster sessions, hear from employers about live job vacancies in the area and receive careers advice and guidance.

Asfa Sohail, Principal at Lewisham College, said: "At Lewisham College, we aim to ensure that all our learners have access to quality education and receive the support they need to unlock their potential and achieve their goals in work and life, regardless of age, background and circumstances.

"We are delighted to support the Love Our Colleges campaign this Colleges Week to highlight the significant contribution further education institutions make to the UK's economic recovery by training the future workforce and supporting local communities realise their ambitions."

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 register for the Community Day event, visit lewisham.ac.uk/open-days

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Coronavirus update

Lewisham College is closely monitoring all communications and guidance as it becomes available. This information is for students and staff and reflects updates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health England (PHE). We are prepared to escalate our contingency arrangements in the event of change.

The government is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with the WHO and international community. For staff and students it remains business as usual across our sites and our workplaces.

Please note that, at present, this advice refers only to arrivals from Wuhan, and not the remainder of China. If you have returned from Wuhan you should:

General guidance for those planning visits to Wuhan or other destinations in China

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) maintains updated travel advice for those planning a trip to Wuhan or other destinations in China. This is available at:

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

Note

This advice is derived from The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#situation-in-the-uk

Supplementary Q&A for individuals wishing to know more around how the UK is managing the risk:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/