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New skills academy opens its doors

A NEW skills academy has opened in Romford to provide a state-of-the-art facility for people who wish to improve their job skills and employment prospects and for employers who want to train and invest in their staff.

The multi-purpose academy, at 32-34 High St, Romford, will be managed by Havering College of Further and Higher Education in partnership with Havering Council and will take job seekers referred by Jobcentre Plus who want to undertake further training and courses which will improve their skills.

The academy also will deliver some commercial and training courses by Havering College and it is hoped that in the future the facility will be able to support the training or recruitment needs of local businesses. 

Opening the academy, Leader of Havering Council, Councillor Michael White said: “We are very proud to open the Havering Skills Academy which will open doors for Havering’s job seekers and assist businesses and retailers in the area. We want to be able to give young people in Havering the skills they need to get jobs and with this new centre they will be better trained and more likely to find a job.”

Noel Otley, principal of Havering College, said: “The college is very proud of its partnership with Havering Borough. The Havering Skills Academy is an important manifestation of that partnership to serve the community of Havering and also to serve the businesses in the town centre.

“We are in partnership with Jobcentre Plus so that we can work with clients who are looking for employment. There are hopefully many opportunities in the town centre for employment for those clients, as well as, of course, for upskilling the workforce working in retail and the other businesses in the town centre. The skills academy is going to be a major asset and we are very proud to be part of it.” 

For further information on the Havering Skills Academy email HSA manager Gillian Wood at gwood@havering-college.ac.uk

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