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Havering College climbs 22 places in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, scoring 59 points compared to 47 in 2016. 

‘The Workplace Equality Index is a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to help ensure all lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees can be themselves in the workplace.

Those who take part know that people perform better when they can be themselves.

Participating employers demonstrate their work in 10 areas of employment policy and practice, from training to community engagement. At the same time, staff from across each organisation complete an anonymous survey about their experiences at work.

Organisations then receive their scores, enabling them to understand what’s going well and where they need to focus their efforts, as well as see how they’ve performed in comparison with their sector and region. 

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Havering College 2017 Levy Event

Local employers gathered at Havering College on Tuesday 7th February to ready themselves for the new Apprenticeship Levy set to come into force this April 2017. 

The levy aims to fund 3 million apprenticeships in the UK by 2020, through the application of a new tax to be paid by employers who have a pay bill of over £3 million, although there are wider implications for businesses of any size. The initiative was created to drive employers to invest in apprenticeships, with the size of the investment dependent on the size of the business.

The event provided up-to-date information about the changes to apprenticeships and what those changes mean to local businesses.  

Steve Lee, Head of Skills and Apprenticeships said:

“The new apprenticeship reforms will affect all apprenticeship employers. The college is committed to developing the next generation of employees and will fully support any employer considering an apprentice.”

If you would like more information call our apprenticeship team on 01708 462 787 or visit the apprenticeships area of our website.

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Havering College’s catering staff and students raised a huge £476 for Saint Francis Hospice selling raffle tickets to diners in the College’s Jubilee Restaurant over the Christmas period.

Restaurant Manager, Tony Pecoraro said:

“We are thrilled with the amount of money raised for the hospice in the restaurant over the Christmas period and would like to thank our generous diners for buying raffle tickets. Saint Francis Hospice is a fantastic local cause and we are very happy to be able to help.”

The Jubilee Restaurant, located at the college’s Quarles campus, has gained a fantastic reputation for providing fine dining at a fraction of the cost. Staffed by students studying a catering qualification, the restaurant gives them the opportunity to learn in a real working environment under the supervision of trained chefs. Fledgling chefs from previous courses are now working in top London venues including The Shard and the House of Commons.

If you would like to dine at The Jubilee Restaurant, call to book a table on 01708 462 886. Dining dates/times and menus can be found here. Early booking is recommended as tables book up fast.

For more information on the Catering and Hospitality courses call our admissions team on 01708 462 801.

We are delighted to bring you news of a new musical ‘Class’ written by Peter Dayson, International Crossover Project Manager at Havering College.  Peter is an established writer, director and producer, having previously worked for Walt Disney and the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre.

The musical tells the story of two classes from adjacent schools – one mainstream and one special school – through the interactions and relationships of several main characters including dinner ladies, teachers and pupils (aged 6 to 16).  Whilst preparing for a singing competition, their perceptions of each other and their behaviours towards each other are explored. 

‘Class’ is scattered with humour, a ‘feel good’ ending and is an evening for all ages to enjoy.  The musical will be showing for one night only at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket London on Sunday 7th May.

The entire cast and crew for the musical have been assembled from students, staff, carers and volunteers at the college, as well as pupils from main stream schools and special schools in Havering. 

The Crossover project, which Peter manages, is in its 12th year and previous productions include Joseph, Godspell and Hair.

Peter said:

“The Crossover project, is a not for profit, inclusive, community scheme which enables students from the college and across the borough to put on a full scale musical, in a prime West End theatre.  Established industry colleagues including casting directors, producers, agents and professionals from Apple Records, Sony, Talk-Back Thames, Disney and more, come to see the amazing range of talent here at the college and from Havering schools.  This, in turn, has led to placements, work experience, jobs and careers.
I have wanted to write ‘Class’ for many years.  I am passionate about delivering professional, inclusive productions featuring the talents of children and young people with a full range of abilities, special needs or disabilities.  I have been very lucky to work with hundreds of exceptional people over the last 12 years.
‘Class’ has a cast and crew of 120 all of whom will experience the exciting challenge of delivering a musical in a London theatre. 
For me, the most rewarding aspect is the feedback I receive from those who have taken part and their families.  These musicals unite people who may not necessarily have opportunities to work together – their friendships, creativity and genuine team spirit make The Crossover project a passion for me.
It is funded solely by the college and championed by our Principal Maria Thompson.  Ticket sales also help cover the costs”. 

If you have a child interested in taking part in the project, please contact Peter Dayson on 01708 462740. 

Tickets for ‘Class’ are available for £19.75 (Box Office: 01708 462470)  

Mayors Entrepreneur 2017

Calling all London students! You're invited to submit a smart idea to improve the capital and compete for a chance to be crowned Mayor's Entrepreneur 2017.

As well as becoming the Mayor's Entrepreneur, the lucky winner will get £20k to bring their idea to life.

Sponsored by Citi, this student competition is a great way to improve your employability and create something special.

Why enter?

Whether you enter as an individual or as part of a group, the benefits to taking part include:

  • improving your skills and future employability
  • free mentoring and workshops from business experts
  • an opportunity to pitch your ideas 'Dragon's Den'style at City Hall
  • a chance to win £20k to make your idea happenSounds interesting?

Sounds interesting?

Submit your idea by midnight on 12 February 2017 here: https://tinyurl.com/hndwjrk

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