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The Institute of Innovation and 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”
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."
As guests walked to view the College’s impressive wall Timeline that outlined memorable dates in the College’s history, they also saw our exhibiting partners who have worked with us over the last 70 years and we would like to give a special mention to the partners:
Coinciding with the Community Fun Day was also our Creative Arts Exhibition as we celebrated the achievements of all Creative Arts students and their End of Year Show. Maria Thompson, the Principal at Havering College commented:
We are so pleased that our College’s 70th birthday celebration and the Open Event was such a huge success. The Mayor of Haveirng was particularly impressed on her first visit, spending over two hours with us and taking a lot of time to speak both to staff and students. We look forward to continuing to provide unrivalled education and to support the community further.
The Principal of Havering College Maria Thompson explains more
This is a big year for our college. We’re celebrating our 70th year of providing exceptional education opportunities to our local community and we’ve organised a whole range of commemorative events and engagement activities.The pop-up shop at Intu Lakeside is a great way for us to meet prospective students, and other members of our community, to share our story with them and tell them a little more about the exciting opportunities available at our college, both now and in the future.
Current students and staff are on hand to answer questions and there will be a whole range of fun activities available for the whole community to get involved in.
Principal of Havering College Maria Thompson:
We have come a long way in seventy years. The College started life as a small community and health centre in post-war Britain where it was addressing the specific needs of the community at that time. Today, we continue to serve our community, but in a very different way. Our vibrant and popular college now offers over 360 courses and welcomes thousands of students each year.
It has been a busy couple of weeks at Havering College as work takes place on the development of the two new Career Colleges for Construction and Engineering. Thank you to everybody who attended the Employer meeting on the 29th June, for those of you unable attend, an invitation will be arriving shortly to attend a second event.
The meeting proved to be very productive and ideas are already being worked up to form the new training offer for learners and employers. It has now also been confirmed that Lord Baker will visit Havering for the official launch on October 17th where he will be introduced to the learners and employers associated with the Havering College Career Colleges. Again, invitations will be arriving in due course.
Representatives from Havering College attended the third Annual Career Colleges Trust Conference this week, celebrating the growth and success of its network. 20 Career Colleges will be open around the country by the end of this year, specialising in six growth industries: digital, engineering, hospitality, healthcare, construction and professional services.
The theme of this year’s conference was Building Skills for Business in an Education Revolution and speakers focused on the importance of preparing young people for the world of work.
CEO Ruth Gilbert opened the conference – introducing founder and trustee, Lord Baker. He spoke about the importance of career-led education, saying:
“The digital revolution will mean less jobs, not more. Driverless vehicles, delivery drones and many other technologies will replace traditional jobs and we need to ensure young people have the skills they need to pursue successful careers.”
“Career Colleges are providing students with a high quality technical and vocational pathway – “ and I am delighted to see our network is expanding so that more young people and indeed, employers, can benefit.”
The Trust’s new Chairman, Roger Dawe, also spoke and highlighted the many changes that have taken place to the FE landscape over the past few years and looked ahead to the future. Roger commented:
“It is crucial that we see a continuing commitment from the Government to the importance of vocational education and training. This is key for both economic growth and to enable students on the vocational and training routes to develop their skills to the full – so that they can enter satisfying and prosperous careers.”
Other speakers included Martin Doel, who talked to delegates about the new T-Levels and Apprenticeship reforms. He spoke about the importance of rigour within the new system and that
“…T-Levels should be for the few, not the many, and certainly not for those who can’t do A-Levels”.
Martin also praised the Career Colleges Trust, and its Colleges, for continuing to grow and develop the network without any Government funding.
“…thrives on doing things differently”.
He highlighted some best practice relating to work placements and the importance of linking them with apprenticeship teams for progression and growth.
An employer’s view was then provided by Grant Findlay, head of pre-construction at Sir Robert McAlpine. Grant talked about the qualities his industry needs to see in new recruits – ranging from understanding of a normal working day to well-developed digital skills. He also highlighted that
“…employers are looking for young people who are proud of what they do”
and the fact that there will be 179,000 construction jobs created by 2021.
After lunch, delegates heard from another employer – digital infrastructure expert, Andrew Stevens, CEO of CNET. Andrew explained in a powerful presentation ‘digital disruption’ that digital is “…the fourth utility and the most important of all”, making the world a much smaller place.
Career College students were then given the opportunity to tell delegates about their experiences. Students from BMet and Barking & Dagenham Colleges talked about the digital project they undertook with Amazon Web Services in an excellent presentation.
"…working with employers as part of my college course has enabled me to get part time work”.
The last presentation of the day was from Lincoln College’s Rick Long, who highlighted the benefits of collaborative partnership with employers. 2016/17 has seen over 1000 Career College students studying at 12 Career Colleges around the country. Over 1000 work placements have been undertaken and the network will expand to 20 in September.
CEO of the Career Colleges Trust, Ruth Gilbert, said:
“It has been another exciting and productive year for the Trust. We are extremely grateful to our Career Colleges – tutors and students – for all the hard work they have put in and of course, the supportive employers, without whom we wouldn’t have been able to achieve what we have done”.
“With 20 Career Colleges in operation from September, our network continues to grow. This will not only help young people achieve fulfilling careers, but will help employers address their growing skills gaps in expanding industries”.
“Today’s conference has provided the Trust with a wonderful opportunity to hear more about the work being done by our colleges and also, the work being planned for next year and beyond”