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The College has made another huge step towards cementing itself as a centre of excellence for construction and engineering. The Government has awarded it Career College status for construction and engineering and the proposed £11m Construction, Infrastructure Skills & Innovation Centre (CISIC) is expected to be given the green light by the planning committee on Thursday.

Alongside its status as a Career College, CISIC is predicted to deliver a contribution of over £30m to the local economy over the next ten years.

East London’s largest local employers have backed Havering’s Construction, Infrastructure Skills & Innovation Centre (CISIC), a £11million facility at Rainham Campus jointly-funded by the College and the GLA, to offer skilled jobs to Havering’s aspiring learners in skilled construction and infrastructure.

Career Colleges deliver employer-led courses to equip 14-19 year-olds with the skills they need to succeed. Founded by the Government in 2013, Career Colleges bridge the skills gap in vocational occupations. Employers help shape the curriculum and are designed for learners to progress direct to employment.

The businesses will work with our College to develop the new Career College in Construction and Engineering, and develop the curriculum, training, and then offer the work experience and employment opportunities to learners once they’ve finished their studies.

The Career College employer partners  include some of East London’s biggest employers: L&Q, Rooff Construction, Vinci Facilities, Thomas Sinden Construction, Inflite UK, Merlin, Clarion Housing Group, Harmsworth Print, LB Barking and Dagenham and LB Havering.

Lord Kenneth Baker, Former Education Secretary Trustee and Founder of the Career College Trust said, “We have huge support from industry and employers - as a result students are being equipped with relevant, real world skills, which is of benefit to both them and to UK industry as a whole.

I am delighted to see our Career College network growing. I look forward to seeing further growth and success over the coming years.”

We provide further and higher education to around 8,500 students and have around 467 full time equivalent staff. The new facility will support an extra 500 learners annually and provide an additional of 60 full time jobs.

New students will benefit from the latest technology to support their learning with Building Information Modelling and Computer Aided Design, and get to grips with Virtual Engineering at the CISIC Augmented Reality facility.

CISIC will play a significant role in Rainham’s regeneration, increasing the economic prosperity for the south of the borough because it will provide better training in skilled occupations for local people and improved employment prospects. At the same time, the centre for excellence will attract students from across the country and help to build Havering’s reputation for further and higher education across the country.

Maria Thompson, chief executive for the College, says: “Working in partnership with the local council and residents, we want to build a better future for Rainham. This jobs pledge for our students will put our local community on the map. We are so excited for the facility to open and look forward to supporting Rainham’s students into their future careers in skilled construction and engineering.”

Working with the local council, we have donated £400,000 to fund the construction of the new access road required for the CISIC facility. Our students have helped to build the window sets for a number of social housing units on Passive Close.

The final approval on the design proposals for CISIC is expected to go before Havering Council’s planning committee on 21st September. 


Rebecca Grace, a previous student at the college got 4 yeses last weekend on the nationwide popular show The X Factor on ITV. Rebecca attended the College from 2013 to 2015 completing her Level 2 in Music Performance course and progressed onto Level 3. Having been a hard working student, Rebecca contributed enormously to the college by supporting our very own record label called Avant Garden Record and participating in multiple projects such as The Crossover Project for Godspell and Synergy Street. These performances were epitomical for Rebecca’s future musical career as they took place at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End, attracting attention and progression for bigger and better opportunities.

Being on national TV at the X Factor auditions, Rebecca wowed the judges with a beautiful version of the song Piece by Piece by Kelly Clarkson, garnering a round of applause from all 4 judges. Since getting past the auditions, Rebecca has had worldwide press coverage, with articles in the Evening Standard and The Metro being branded as ‘The New Adele’. Judge Simon Cowell praised her performance, telling her “I’ve never listened to the lyrics like I just did with you, I listened to every word.”

“I am going to remember you, there is something about you I really like”.

We are extremely proud of Rebecca and have our fingers crossed for her throughout the whole show and her future career. Keep posted to see how she does on this year’s X Factor!

For further information on Performing Arts courses at Havering College call 01708 462 801 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Nick Pinder Havering College Trivia Winner

A big congratualtions goes out to our Havering College 70 Years Trivia winner Nick Pinder! 

Answering 8 questions that revolved around the success and history of the College, Nick won a £100 intu Giftcard for knowing all about us. Our trivia quiz was one of the highlights of our Celebrating 70 Community Fun Day, with over a 100 contestants entering the competition as they walked around the campus finding all the clues. We hope to continue our success and being a part of the Havering community for another 70 years.

apprenticeship accredited

The Institute of Innovation & Knowledge Exchange has ratified the decision for Havering College of Further and Higher Education to receive the Enterprise and Employability Accreditation, thus enabling the College to award the Certificate of Enterprise and Employability to their 14-19 students. This is a great achievement for the College and encompasses the hard work of staff and our employers with students to ensure they are ready for the world of work. In issuing the award the panel made a number of  commendations, that included: “Good to see that coaching and peer mentoring is used so proactively, supporting confidence-building in students and a ready-to-work ethos”, “Approaches to customer understanding and business change are difficult areas for professionals, and the unique take on these by the college is commendable.”

Head of Skills and Apprenticeships Steve Lee said, “this is a great achievement for the College, but one that could not have been achieved without the fantastic support from our employers. Thank you to everyone who supports our young people by offering real-life projects that help to promote challenge, problem-solving and enterprise-thinking”

For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 01708 455011 ext 2238

college apprenticeships

We are delighted to announce that the College has been selected to take part in the Work Placement Pilot for academic year 2017/18.  The Department For Education have stated that work placements should aim for 60 working days duration, with 40 working days being the absolute minimum. Havering College is one of the few providers who will be piloting this project nationally, with a view to a full project roll out for all providers during the 2018/19 academic year. Head of Skills and Apprenticeships Steve Lee who is leading on this project for the college said "Being part a of this pilot provides us and our employers with a fantastic opportunity to shape the future of post 16 work experience in this country."

If you are interested in finding out more, or would like to take part in this project please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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