South Thames Students take Care of the Community

South Thames College student, Nadia Kassim, is celebrating after getting a permanent job through a theatre project run by the College, Merton Council and Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust. The scheme helps young unemployed people aged 16 to 22 to develop their confidence and skills and look for job opportunities.

The latest project was the development and production of Care, a show that outlines the dangers of knife and gang culture. Performed at New Wimbledon Theatre and youth clubs across Merton, it was open to members of the public and local schools.

Nadia, a student in performance skills and acting, impressed the organisers so much that she has been offered a role as a youth worker for Uptown Youth Club and Learning Centre in Merton Borough.

Nadia said: “Some of the team from New Wimbledon Theatre visited me at Grenfell Housing and Training where I was teaching drama to young people and invited me to get involved in the Care project. I’ve learnt so much from my time here – and I’ve got new skills and ideas for my future. Being the oldest on the project I realised I could be a role model to some of the younger people involved as well. It’s really grown my confidence.”

The theatre project was designed to appeal to young people and offer practical assistance to improve their skills and regain self-confidence and motivation. Participants also achieved a Silver Arts Award accreditation.

Mary Schramm, Director of Employment Skills at South Thames College, said: “The production has been a great success. The students involved are walking away with a decent qualification and unlocking skills they didn’t realise they had. It’s helping boost their confidence and determination to get out and find a job – to find their future.”

From its Business Centre in Tooting, South Thames College runs several courses aimed at people who’ve never worked or struggle to find jobs.

To find out more or enrol onto a course call 020 8918 7413 or email business@south-thames.ac.uk.