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At the Merton Volunteer Awards, an evening of surprises was in store for the Aurora Centre – a non-residential specialist centre for 16-25 year olds with complex needs. The centre was nominated for two categories, which was the Young Volunteer of the Year award and Volunteer of the year Award. 

On the 15th June 2018 with a mixed ability squad of 8 players, the Skills for Working Life Merton football team travelled to Osterley Goals to take part in the 2nd annual ‘Our Barn Community Cup’ and play against 6 other local teams from West London.

The boys and girls from all teams competed in a mini league to find out who would finish in the top 2 and progress into the final, where one of the teams would be crowned this year’s winner.

On the 25th June, Noureddine Bedaoui, one of our Adult Learners at the College with Merton Adult Education was awarded the COSLP Best Learner Award at the House of Lords; as a result of his excellent attendance and achievement and his hard work and dedication as shown on his Maths GCSE course.  He was nominated by the College.

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.