Lewisham College opened its doors to new and returning learners as part of the ‘Hello Lewisham’ induction week festival, which welcomes learners to the College and marks the commencing of the new academic year.
Learners from Business, Accounting, Hair and Beauty, Health and Social Care, Sports, IT, Early Years, Hospitality and Catering, Creative Media and Journalism, and Art were given the opportunity to meet their peers and the staff who would be supporting them during their time at College.
Welcome events also took place for ESOL and Construction learners, with information shared about the courses and career prospects. There was a focus on opportunities for learners and work experience. Links to construction sites in the local area and SCS cards were discussed, and information was given on apprenticeship support and how learners can get help with finding employers.
Staff from different departments introduced themselves and spoke about their role at the College. There were discussions held regarding study programmes, College values, policies, and safeguarding. Learners were able to ask questions and find out more information about financial support, wellbeing, customer services and work experience. Student services then shared information about the Learner Experience Hub, the Student Union, Learner Voice, Careers Services, Additional Learning Support (ALS), and work experience opportunities.
The event concluded with discussions on success and what expectations the College has for its learners, specifically, how to enhance skills and receive support, how to prepare for next steps, and how to make the most of the learning experience at Lewisham College. The event also held a series of competitions, where winners received prizes for participating in quizzes.
Gerard Garvey, Principal at Lewisham College, said: “We are delighted to welcome new and returning learners to the College. Lewisham College has a long history of maximising the success of our exceptionally talented and skilled learners, and it brings us great pleasure to continue this tradition as the new academic year begins.
“We look forward to getting to know everyone as they embark on some of the most important and significant years of their lives. I’d like to wish everyone the best of luck on their chosen courses, and I hope Lewisham College will be celebrating everyone’s successes in the months to come.”
Luke Davies, Catering learner, said: “Today’s event has been useful and interesting, and it was nice to see some of the learners I will be studying with next year. I am happy to have won two prizes today and I look forward to being able to use my new notebook and set of headphones this year. I’m excited for the start of term and I'm looking forward to learning new skills and meeting new people.”
Lewisham College will continue to welcome new and returning learners all month through a series of events that make up the ‘Hello Lewisham’ festival. To find out more about the learner support available at Lewisham College, visit lewisham.ac.uk/learner-support.