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The Hospitality and Catering Academy had a successful night at Hotelympia; the UKs leading hospitality and foodservice event. The event is a platform for thousands of businesses and buyers to market and support the food service industry as one of the UK's most vibrant trades. The students took part in a competition judged by a prestigious panel from the Craft Guild of Chefs.

In the first of Merton Adult Education case studies, we recently spoke to Mavis Odame-Darkwa, one of our Adult Learners, who has progressed from a Level 1 Workskills qualification to a Level 3 Childcare qualification; fulfil her dream ambition of working in the childcare industry. 

The newly formed South Thames Colleges Group launched a combined Business Centre at Merton College this week to help local businesses recruit apprentices, train new staff and upskill existing employees. The Business Centre combines the expertise of the Group's colleges – Carshalton, Kingston, Merton and South Thames – which merged to form the South Thames Colleges Group on 1 August 2017.

Our Level 2 and 3 hairdressing students, based at The Salon at Merton College, worked on their community project in collaboration with Merton Women's Refuge, to offer free hair services of cuts, treatments and blow dries.

Merton College's Taste restaurant played host to a special dinner for local employers, to talk about the range of opportunities available to engage with young people. As guests tucked into a three course meal, prepared and served by our catering and hospitality students, they also heard about the apprenticeship and work experience options on offer through the College's Business Centre team.

Students from the College’s Aurora Centre – a specialist unit for young people with complex learning needs – teamed up with the charity Fixers to create a video promoting work experience opportunities. The video, created by the learners, highlighted the issues surrounding young people with severe learning difficulties finding employers who are willing to offer them work experience.