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Skills Academy is up and running

A NEW one stop shop for business training and skills solutions is up and running...and getting people job ready for opportunities created by London 2012.

The Havering Skills Academy at 32-34 High St, Romford, held a “house warming” for business leaders and retail managers last week when they were able to see the centre in action.

The Havering Skills Academy is managed by Havering College in partnership with Havering Council. As well as supporting businesses and retailers, the centre is helping job seekers referred by Jobcentre Plus to improve their job skills and employment prospects.

HSA open event

Running on the day of the open event were courses in Security and Work Skills.

One job seeker to benefit from the academy’s state-of-the-art facilities is Harold Hill resident Debbie Radley. She is hoping her course in Security will secure a job with G4S on the Olympic Park.

She said: “I am looking at this as a permanent career move. The course is going really well and the Havering College trainer is fantastic.”

Fellow student David, Price-Tupper, 45, from Collier Row, has previously served with the armed forces and worked as a private bodyguard. With new licensing rules he needs qualifications to get back into the security industry.

He said: “I am desperate to get back into work. The Havering Skills Academy is a fantastic facility to have in Romford – every town should have a centre like this to help people with the training they need to secure a job and support local businesses.” 

At a breakfast presentation aimed at business leaders and managers, HSA manager Gillian Wood, said: “The main objective of the new skills academy is to be the first point of call for employers, employees and those seeking employment. By combining the expertise of LBH and the college, we can bring about regeneration.”

Havering College employer engagement manager Nigel Hogg also took the opportunity to encourage employers to take on apprentices.

He said: “The facts show that apprentices are good for businesses. They can be moulded to how the company works. They make businesses more competitive and create higher productivity.”

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

For further information on apprenticeships at Havering College call the Business Services team on 01708 462800
or email EmployerEnquiry@havering-college.ac.uk

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