Since the start of the Ukrainian war, SGS has been committed to help in any way they can. As an institution with the local community at the heart of its core values, the College wanted to give those in need as much support as possible.
SGS has put on additional ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses for those moving to the local area. Here dedicated tutors have worked with learners to identify their own specific needs and levels of English to tailor courses to those that applied. SGS has seen nearly 50 Ukrainian nationals take up that opportunity in the last six months.
Mariia Bezkorovaina, aged 37, is currently studying Level 1 ESOL and a maths GCSE at the same time. She commented: “I am originally from Ukraine and have a Ukrainian degree but I’m looking for a job, like a teaching assistant, so I need to improve my English and maths. These courses will help me to start my career in the UK.
“I am very pleased with the courses at SGS. I’ve found it very interesting, and I am especially impressed with the tutors. They are professional and caring and have an interesting way of teaching. I am always excited to go to class.
In addition to this, SGS College have undertaken various fundraising activities to raise money for the British Red Cross, to help families and communities in Ukraine. With a target of £10,000 the College offered cake sales, undertook an auction of promises, carried out and spin-a-thon, sponsored walks plus much more. Between students and staff, SGS exceeded their target and have now raised an impressive £15,000."
Principal, Sara-Jane Watkins, commented:
“As a college we are committed to the ethos of helping others and I have been so impressed how our students and staff have gone above and beyond to do this. I am astounded by the generosity of all, and we will continue to help those that need it with further fundraising and additional courses.”
To donate and support the ongoing fundraising target, please visit:www.sgscol.ac.uk/ukraineappeal
For details of upcoming ESOL courses, please email [email protected]