It’s that time of year again; the leaves are falling, nights are getting longer, and a new cohort of students are nestling in for freshers week.
Reading University kicked off their Freshers Fayre on Monday, September 20th. The event included local community organisations invited by The Student Community Champions to meet with new students. Among those groups was Kutambua, an education, employment and training organisation based in Reading and Nottingham. We came to offer students work placements, internships, jobs and experience to broaden their skillset and improve employability. As an organisation, Kutambua focuses primarily on closing the gaps between ethnic minorities and white Britons in education and employment. During the event, we reached out to international and BAME students to get involved with our programmes in Reading which range from graphic design to report writing.
Alongside Kutambua was partner organisation Mojatu Foundation and fellow community groups Utulivu Women’s Group, ACRE and Vocal Networking who, all had stalls ready to chat with students. From the university, there was the BAME Society and Employability Team. And local councillor Alice Mpofu-Coles was also in attendance! Throughout the day, there were talks covering BAME and women’s issues from members of the community. The Student Community Champions really want to create a bridge between new students and the wider community. So, students are being encouraged to continue getting involved with community groups and their work.
Although freshers week is officially over for 2021, Kutambua continues to take on students for placements, internships and jobs. So, if you missed us at the Freshers Fayre there is no need to despair! You can still get in touch by emailing us at [email protected]