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Havering College has launched a brand new barbering course for those wanting to pursue a career in the barbering industry.

Barbering has become a fast growing industry with male grooming now high on the agenda for many men. Students will learn skills such as cutting hair, styling and dressing hair, facial hair cutting and facial care in a realistic hairdressing environment where they can practice and demonstrate their skills.

At our Open Event on March 15th we had former Hairdressing student Chris Austin, owner of Old Leigh Barbers in Leigh-on-Sea. Chris was giving live demonstrations such as hair and beard trimming to visitors and members off staff throughout the event.

If you are interested in doing a Barbering C&G Level 2 Diploma check out our page to find out more


Winner of the 2017 Jack Petchey Achievement Award Eleanor Lockhart was presented with her certificate by Student Development and Learner Voice Officer Garrett Hill last week.

Eleanor Lockhart volunteered herself early in the academic year for a work experience placement in London with a charity called Children England, even though she had never travelled to London on her own before. Eleanor attended on time, every day, and participated in a whole week of work and events.  At one event the employer asked Eleanor to stand up and speak publicly (totally on the spot) and although she had never done this before, she did it!  Eleanor overcame nerves and gained a glowing reference from the employer.  As a result of this good impression the employer has offered further placements and also referred the College to another charity based in the Guildhall in the City of London, who want to support us with work experience placements. 

Eleanor was a student with us last academic year and we have seen her grow in confidence from when she first came to the College.  This experience shows maturity on Eleanor’s behalf with the way that she put herself out there to take on the challenge and overcome some of her fears. 


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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. 


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.

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