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Havering College's Enterprise & Employability Hub provides students with the opportunity to enhance their enterprise and employability skills through a series of study programmes, events, workshops and competitions. We also offer one to one support with job search, applying for vacancies and other opportunities via our drop in facility at the Enterprise Hub in the Square at Ardleigh Green, open 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.
If you have any questions send us an email, drop us a line or visit the Enterprise Hub located in The Square at our Ardleigh Green campus.
Open in the Square from 8:30am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday.
T: 01708 455 011 ex 2731
You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube for more exciting news on how you can get involved.
Enterprise & Employability Co-ordinator
One of the Hub's primary objectives is to increase our student's chances of gaining and maintaining employment. In a competitive job market, employability skills are what sets one candidate apart from another and we want our students to stand out above the rest.
Havering College teamed up with Barclays Life Skills to create the Ready for Work Passport, a comprehensive 15 hour course designed to enhance employability skills that all full time learners at Havering College complete as part of their study programme.
The programme was put together in response to the top 10 skills employers look for when they recruit and includes modules on building confidence and resilience, developing communication skills, interview technique and money management etc.
The programme equips students with the skills they need to succeed and educates them on how to present their new found skills to employers. On completion students are awarded a certificate that they can show to prospective employers when applying for a job to assist in demonstrating they are ready to work.
Increasing student/employer engagement is one of the Enterprise and Employability Hubs main aims. In order to ensure all of our students come into contact with employers from the industries they are studying to work in we annually organise what we call 'industry days' for every subject area.
An industry day event consists of bringing in a selection of employers from a particular industry to speak to students about careers in that field, progression routes, how they got to where they are and the skills and qualities they look for in new candidates. The students then have the opportunity in a more personal setting to ask the employers any questions they may have.
Some employers with work experience opportunities/live entry level vacancies, apprenticeships etc. bring these opportunities with them, giving students the opportunity to impress and apply.
Students leave our industry days more 'clued up' about the sector in which they intend to work, the various roles available within it and what they need to do to prepare themselves for employment in the field.
Futures Week is an annual week-long event designed to encourage all students to think about their future with particular emphasis on what their next step will be after finishing studying at Havering College. The week provides students with information regarding their options which include, apprenticeships, university study, internships, employment, self-employment and for those who want to take a year out, volunteering.
These events place emphasis on bringing together local and regional employers, agencies and careers advisors to give our students the best start in the world of work.
The Enterprise & Employability Hub Job Match service supports our job seeking students with the challenging task of finding work, be that work experience, internships, part time employment or a voluntary post. Students are able to use the computers in the Enterprise & Employability Hub to job seek and an Enterprise & Employability Coordinator will support them through the application process.
Employers with vacancies can use the Enterprise & Employability Hub to advertise their jobs internally within the college.
The aim being to help students find employment opportunities that complement their studies. This vital work experience will boost their employability and help them secure employment if they don't want to continue in full time study when they leave Havering College.
Many of the courses offered at Havering College are vocational and lead on to careers in industries where a good percentage of people operate as self-employed.
The Hub's staff have first-hand experience of setting up and running businesses and are here to support students through the process of becoming self-employed. Students can use us as a sounding board for discussing their ideas, guidance on putting together a business plan, funding advice, assistance with marketing etc. We also provide ongoing support for students with established businesses that are already up and running.
Periodically throughout the academic year we run business start-up master classes in conjunction with the leading banks, local entrepreneurs and business start-up advice professionals.
Havering College annually participates in the Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrations.
The event is a platform for encouraging entrepreneurial activity in the college inspiring our students to consider self-employment as a progression route.
The college has been recognised twice by Global Entrepreneurship Week as a provider of high impact activity and awarded 'Badges of Honour' for its work.
Jamal Edwards, the 23 year old self-made multi-millionaire, hailed by Q magazine as the next Simon Cowell and one of the most influential people in music in March 2012, visited us on Tuesday 19th November as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013 to speak to our students about his fascinating career in the media industry to date.
Jamal started out with a camera he got for Christmas at age 16 and has grown his business over the past seven years to become one of the largest online youth broadcasters in the world with an empire valued at £8 million.
As an ambassador for The Prince's Trust and a friend of Sir Richard Branson, Jamal's advice for the students included:
"Chase your dreams, not the competition."
"There are those who look at things and ask why. I'd say dream of things that never were and ask why not? That's why in my spare time I'm an underwater fireman."
Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014 was a week long programme of events that recruited 6 level 3 business students to help with its organisation for work experience as follows:
Day 1 - Ideas And Inspiration Day – Encouraging students to think outside of the box for
new business ideas
Day 2 - The Secret to Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur - A Conversation With Jade
Avia (Co-Host - Capital Xtra Breakfast), Princess Nyah (Artist/Clothes Line Boss),
Tunde Okewale (Lawyer/Social Entrepreneur) and Paigey Cakey (Rapper); hosted
by Annika Allen (Journalist/ Entrepreneur)
Day 3 - Woman's Entrepreneurship Day - #WED - Celebrating, supporting and
empowering women at Havering College to become entrepreneurs
Day 4 - Global Business Angels Day - #GBAD - Information on how a business angel can
help students start / progress a business
Day 5 - Funds And Finance Day - Support and guidance on funding and finance for new
business start up's and business development
For two consecutive years we have given students with 'something to sell' the unique opportunity of honing their entrepreneurial skills by selling their goods through a retail outlet in the centre of Romford town on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
The event was a real hit giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase personally crafted/homemade products as presents that were totally unique.
The students who participated went through the process of setting up a mini business, costing their materials, making their stock, selling for a profit and accounting for their takings.
Profit from the event was donated to St Francis Hospice.
The Kick Start Challenge is an annual competition run by Saint Francis Hospice in conjunction with entrepreneur and sports legend Barry Hearn.
The competition searches for young entrepreneurs who could use some help and expertise in turning their business dreams into reality. It offers entrants £500 to run their own business for six months during which they will also be matched up with a local business mentor.
All money raised during the first six months of being in business will go to Saint Francis Hospice where it will help to provide vital palliative care services to local people.
The competitor (or competitors) who have raised the most money by the close of the competition win £1,500, a year's free membership to the Young Havering Chamber of Commerce and the offer of work experience at both Matchroom Sport and Saint Francis Hospice.
"Thank you very much for organising such a super event and congratulations too to your student colleagues, Diana & Sharne. Well done also for arranging such excellent speakers. The BBQ was one of our best (despite the gloomy weather!). It was a credit to you all and to Havering College."
"I would definitely come back to you years down the line when we have staff changeover and are looking again. Thank you so much for assisting us with our job hunt. It saved a lot of hassle with agencies and also by getting a student we had the benefit of an immediate starter."
"This is a great way to see the local college giving back to the local community, offering such a service at no cost and at great standards is fantastic."
Our Talented Future Industry Days:
"Very enjoyable and very informative. Has really made me think twice on what I want to do after college."
"From the very first day I stepped into your office and told you about my job situation, you boldly told me that as far as you are concerned, that situation wouldn't last and you have truly delivered on your promise of which I am very grateful. I first had my doubts about this job opening in Upminster but you encouraged me to go on and apply, which I did. A few days later I got a called after being short-listed to schedule an interview. You urged me to study more about the company to make interview process much easier and this helped a lot. I went to the interview and now I have been offered the position of Planning and Dispatch operative at Arcus Facilities Management. I really can't say thank you enough but just know that from the bottom of my heart, I appreciate everything you've done for me during the whole process and know that I really mean every word, when I say THANK YOU. I am truly grateful and I wish you the very best in all you do."
"My family and friends are proud and pleased that I've been provided the opportunity to put into practise what I'm learning. The most challenging aspect of all designs is trial and error of making whilst maintaining true to the original design but it's also a good time to learn and perfect your skills. It was amazing to see the winners clutching my design so proudly on the night."
"Start up for Success has helped me realise my potential for the future and I am very grateful"
"Jamal Edwards defo motivated me today at college, totally wish I'd sung to him now! "
"Big up Jamal Edwards for his inspiring speech today at my college! Definitely eye opening!"