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College takes silver at the Podium Awards

HAVERING College clinched a silver medal at the Podium Awards ceremony.

Date: 25 Jul 2014

The college’s student filming project on the Olympic Park was one of 70 Further and Higher Education London 2012 related initiatives recognised for the vital role they have played in helping to deliver the Games.

HND Media Production students produced two films focusing on apprenticeships – one to increase the uptake of apprenticeships in landscaping and horticultural and the other to attract more women into the construction industry.

The Olympic Delivery Authority-commissioned films are being shown in schools and colleges to promote apprenticeships.

Students Kirstie Burrows, 19, from Hornchurch and Plaistow resident Jason Potter, 19, represented their fellow filmmakers at the black tie ceremony, held in Forman's Fish Island, overlooking the Olympic Stadium.

The silver award for Inspirational Skills Project was received by Havering College principal designate Maria Thompson.

Principal Designate Maria Thompson and students at the Podium Awards

Robert Noseda, former Employment and Skills manager at the ODA and Kath Moore, who led the Women in Construction Project at the Olympic Park, attended and paid tribute to the students’ work.

Mr Noseda said: “I was incredibly impressed by the professionalism of the Havering College Media students. One group got to work with BBC Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins. Both films were an amazing experience for everyone involved. I am delighted the talents of the students have been recognised by this award.”

The evening was hosted by Rick Edwards, the presenter of Channel Four's That Paralympic Show, and attended by more than 350 guests, including the London 2012 CEO - Paul Deighton and International Paralympic Committee CEO - Xavier Gonzalez.

Havering College principal designate Maria Thompson said: “This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students to observe and record on film the creation of the Olympic Park, sporting facilities and the athletes’ village. I would like to thank the ODA and all the employers for their fantastic support.”

Other students involved in the project were Holly Bond, 19, from Brentwood; Beth Whitehead, 19, from Elm Park; Nicola De Boo, 25, from Brentwood; Munya Gatawa, 20 from Billericay and Tim Petherick, 20, from Upminster. The project was overseen by Havering College HND Media Production lecturer Stephen Pick and curriculum manager for Media and Film Studies, Toby Marshall.

Both films can be seen on the Havering College website.

For details of Media Production and other Creative Arts courses at Havering College call Threshold Services on 01708 462801 or  email information@havering-college.ac.uk