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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.
To additionally evidence their learning, they had to provide a short written document on government healthy eating guidelines. Former College Cookery Student Adam Pamplin who is currently the sous-chef at the award winning Masons Restaurant in Brentwood was invited to be a part of the judges’ panel.
The students did not fail to deliver with a variety of healthy minced meat and vegetarian dish options. The winners were Laura Thompson and Angel Reed on their herby sweet potato topped savoury vegetarian cottage pie which included 5 different vegetables.
Students commented that they "loved the fact it was our choice, our dish."
The project was launched last week with an awareness event where the students had fun taking part in the stress busting activities in the chill-out zone, they gave excellent feedback and ideas for what they would like from the project next year. There was supporting literature on hand as well as chill-out gift bags that students could decorate.
There will be a series of events aimed at encouraging awareness of domestic abuse, and support and help for mental health issues. Planning is also underway to set up a café where students can meet on a regular basis to access support in a place where they feel comfortable discussing their issues and concerns led by appropriately-trained staff.