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Havering College is preparing to celebrate its 70th birthday this Summer and we want you involved.

The event, which will be held on the 13th June, is an opportunity for staff, students, alumni, friends and the Havering community to come together and celebrate everything that the college has achieved thus far. It is also an opportunity to look forward to our exciting future.

Help us make this event truly memorable by sharing your stories of the college’s past. Did you study at Havering College? Have you worked at Havering College? Have you done business with Havering College?

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New Years Parade

London Borough of Havering took part in the London New Year’s Parade this year with their float being based on Mary Poppins it was deemed Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious by all the judges winning them seventh place with a prize of £4,000.

The theme of the 2017 parade was “lights, camera, action” and The Mayor of Havering, Cllr. Philippa Crowder, and her Consort Cllr. John Crowder, were on board the float with all of the representatives from the local charities that the Mayor is supporting during her Mayoral year, Havering College students who were involved in helping build the amazing float and also a number of performers from the Hornchurch-based youth group Store Room Theatre

Claire Bailey-Day from Store Room Theatre said:

“It was such a great experience. The children had a great time singing, dancing and appearing on TV. Big thanks to Queens Theatre in Hornchurch for loaning us some wonderful handcrafted costumes”

The float had been mounted on a truck which was generously donated by the Chigwell Construction and the company also tweeted their congratulations to the whole team that was behind the float for what they termed “a fantastic event”

Havering College’s apprentice Ashley Taunton who covered the whole event for the college on social media said:

“I am very grateful that I had been given the opportunity to be a part of the New Year’s Parade as it was such an amazing experience. There was a fantastic atmosphere the whole way through and even though it started raining that didn’t manage to the dampen any spirits."

The Mayor said:

“I was so pleased with the day and the tremendous effort put in by all involved. It was such a good feeling when I learnt that we had won £4,000 to support my Mayoral Charity Appeal and that we had featured in the live TV coverage of  the event.”
Mayor Philippa Crowder Iain Duncan Smith MP Open New Rail Training Academy
The Specialist Rail Training Academy Has Officially Been Opened By The Rt Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP And Philippa Crowder Mayor Of Havering
On Tuesday 6th December 2016, Havering College and CAT 1 Safety Training Ltd officially launched their Rail Training Academy with the help of Mr Iain Duncan Smith, MP and Philippa Crowder, Mayor of Havering

The courses, which are based at Havering College’s Quarles Campus, last just 5 weeks and offer a guaranteed job interview for successful learners. They are designed to equip learners with the basic skills needed to gain sustainable employment in the rail sector. To date, the Rail Training Academy has achieved great success with a 97% course completion rate and 84% of participants now in full-time employment within the rail industry. Current student Terrence Martin said “I was a little apprehensive about being in a classroom environment as I haven’t been in one for 20 years…the teachers gave me the support and the courage I needed to get on with my work. It’s a job I can see myself doing for years and years to come…this is something that I will take with me throughout my life.“I was a little apprehensive about being in a classroom environment as I haven’t been in one for 20 years…the teachers gave me the support and the courage I needed to get on with my work. It’s a job I can see myself doing for years and years to come…this is something that I will take with me throughout my life.”

“I was a little apprehensive about being in a classroom environment as I haven’t been in one for 20 years…the teachers gave me the support and the courage I needed to get on with my work. It’s a job I can see myself doing for years and years to come…this is something that I will take with me throughout my life.”

Arthur D. Faulkner, who was unemployed before completing the course and is now in full-time work said

“I look after my two children and found it very difficult to get back into work. I asked to be put on this course and although I found training difficult I am now working on the track. Once they knew I also had a driving licence they gave me a van so I could pick up tools, they were so impressed with my work I am now in charge of stores for my company.”

Rail equipment, donated by Transport for London, has been installed at the college so that students can get practical experience using the specialist equipment used in the rail industry. They have also received support from Network Rail and Rainham based, Plant & Logistics. Mr Iain Duncan Smith, MP said “ This partnership (the Rail Training Academy) is such a fantastic example of all that is good and best in further education colleges and applied

“This partnership (the Rail Training Academy) is such a fantastic example of all that is good and best in further education colleges and applied training. I hope this will be replicated all over the country".

The Rail Training Academy is accepting applications via Jobcentre Plus from anyone interested in a career in rail. There is no upper age limit but applicants must be at least 17 years of age and meet sector medical capability requirements. For more information contact Angelia Spearing or Mark Lynch on 0208 223 1257.

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It is now time for Jamie Oliver and Gordan Ramsey to move over. Havering students are preparing to take over the catering industry. Lecturers at Havering College know how hard it is to break into the catering industry with so many teenagers now aspiring to be the next upcoming chef. However with The Jubilee Restaurant based at the Quarles Campus in Harold Hill now offering the opportunity for 16-18 year olds to get real life cooking and waitering experience it is now not seeming so impossible.

The Jubilee restaurant was mentioned in The Havering Resident’s November 2016 edition magazine a luxury London lifestyle magazine published by Archant which is the fifth largest regional newspaper publisher in the whole of the UK

Tony Pecoraro is the manager of The Jubilee Restaurant and also a food service lecturer, Tony has said that “Many students do go onto working in a lot of top class places such as Dorchester in London”.

With furnished white cloth tables & a bar, The Jubilee Restaurant has a sophisticated vibe that students support with their professional attire. So the student-lead restaurant in Harold Hill has the same feel as your top restaurant in the centre of London. The students are supported by a network educator to enhance their skills in preparation for their careers.

The restaurant doesn’t only help build the students’ self-esteem it also teaches hands-on skills which is a win-win situation.

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Young people from secondary schools and colleges across the borough will get the chance to debate the issues that matter to them with a panel of politicians and key influencers when Havering Asks returns next week.

Now in its 6th year, Havering Asks’ is a BBC ‘Question Time’ style debate show produced by the media department at Havering College. Like ‘Question Time’, ‘Havering Asks’ consists of prominent figures from the worlds of politics, journalism and entertainment taking questions from a 150 strong audience of students drawn from local schools and colleges.

Panellists just announced include; Mike Gapes, Labour MP for Ilford South, Lord Edward Faulks QC, Conservative peer and former Minister of State for Justice, Gulwali Passarlay, former child migrant from Afghanistan and Hannah Clare, Co-Chair of the Young Greens Party.

Chairing the event, for the fourth year in a row will be BBC broadcaster Fred Dove.

Havering Asks 2016 will take place on Friday, 2nd December 2016 from 2:30pm, at the college's Ardleigh Green Campus. It will be streamed live to screens across all Havering College Campus sites and on the internet. Everyone will also be able to follow the debate live on Twitter at @HaveringCollege #HaveringAsks.

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