On Friday the 26th February, Havering College of Further and Higher Education are teaming up with CIPHE to find the region’s top plumbing students.  The competition will showcase students from North East London and Essex giving them the opportunity to demonstrate their practical skills as they prepare to join the plumbing industry.

The day will be action packed as competitors go head to head to prove they have what it takes to stand out from the rest.  Amongst other things, they will have to demonstrate high level skills in bending, jointing techniques, marking and measuring.

The challenge will be held in the fully equipped plumbing workshop at their Quarles Campus and will be attended by a number of major employers from the Plumbing Industry. It will be an excellent opportunity for students to network both with their peers and potential employers.

The competition is a celebration of the success of the collaboration between the plumbing industry and vocational training.  It is open to Level 1, 2 and 3 Learners from all local colleges with a number of competition categories from introduction to advanced level.  Prizes include a range of Plumbing tools and will be supplied by BSS - British Steam Specialists.

Competition will be held at Quarles Campus, Havering College of Further & Higher Education, Tring Gardens, Harold Hill, Romford, Essex, RM3 9ES

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The students from Inclusive and Foundation Learning decided that they wanted to give something personal to the local community this Christmas. They chose the residents of Bards Court Sheltered Complex whose lives they thought might be brightened by some individual Christmas cheer. They put together 28 festive hampers which included a wide range of non-perishable foods which had been donated by staff and students.  The students themselves then then held a raffle which raised over £50 to spend on luxury additions to the hampers such as Christmas puddings, cakes and chocolates.

The hampers were delivered to the residents by the students and were received with much excitement and enthusiasm.

Foundation skills students at Havering College’s Quarles campus took to the kitchen this week to produce culinary Christmas delights. In teams, they had to create their own recipes, prepare and then bake their treats.

After much hard work and effort, a mouth-watering array of gingerbread men, chocolate cakes, fairy cakes and mince pies were presented to the judges - Nick Gunyon, Curriculum Manager for Hospitality and Daren Nunn, Curriculum Manager for Foundation Skills.

The judges commended all the students for their effort, teamwork and attention to detail and awarded first place to the bakers of the gingerbread men, Jason Egalton and Alex Jozefcyk. Nick Gunyon, himself a teacher, said “I feel very honoured to have been asked to judge this competition. In my department we run professional cookery courses and if my students baked to this level I’d be very proud”.

Jane Scott, Foundation Skills lecturer and organiser of the day commented: “It went better than expected and above all the students really enjoyed the competition. It gave them a sense of achievement and built confidence in their own skills”.

All in all, Havering College’s first ever Bake-Off was a resounding success. In order to keep the pot boiling, watch this space for their Easter Challenge.



Shenfield School students - STEM centre at Havering College

On Monday the 11th of January, students from Shenfield School in Brentwood experienced a unique engineering taster session in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Centre.

Run by Frank Thompson, an engineering lecturer and Colin Moore, an electrical instructor, the interactive learning experience gave students the opportunity to see what the college has to offer in terms of facilities and opportunities.

Focusing on science and technology, the morning began with a session on modern science and technology, including game design and robotics which the students thoroughly enjoyed. They were then divided into four groups and given engineering set challenges which included innovation exercises alongside tests to identify solutions to existing problems.

It was an exciting morning giving the students not only the experience of being a Havering Student, but also an insight into the engineering industry as a whole.

Havering College intends running similar taster sessions throughout the year and will cover an extensive range of subjects. Schools wishing to participate should contact Schools Liaison 01708 462893

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On the 9th of December, 10 educational representatives from South Korea visited Havering College.

All were from top organisations including the Department of Education, Further and Higher Education Schools, National Universities and Business Corporations. They were very keen to see just how a successful, advanced college in the UK is run.

On arrival the delegates received a warm welcome from the principal Maria Thompson. This was followed by specially tailored presentations regarding their respective subjects of interest, Construction and Engineering.

One of the college’s star students, Jaye Beardsell, attended and was mentioned during the construction presentation. Jaye started as a Level 2 Bricklayer, has completed a level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma and is now thinking of enrolling on a degree course. She is an excellent demonstration of the student journey and what Havering College students can achieve. Overall, the presentations were very well received by the delegates and inspired many interesting comments and questions.

Having completed this segment of the visit, the delegates were then invited to take a tour of the campus. The college was its usual hive of activity and every department visited showcased its specialism perfectly. The delegates appeared suitably impressed with both the commitment of the students and the facilities they enjoyed. One delegate commented wistfully that he wished his students in South Korea could enjoy the same level of equipment that the Havering College students could.

This experience was so much more than simply a visit from another country’s representatives; it was the marking of the start of an international friendship between two nations. South Korea and Havering College have begun a relationship that will flourish and hopefully allow in the future, similar encounters to the benefit of both.