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havering college plumbing centre of excellence launch industry panel
Yesterday we launched our Plumbing Centre of Excellence, the first of its kind in London, supported by The Society of Public Health Engineers (SoPHE) and the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE).

The aim of this employer-led venture is to create and develop professional, employable students who are keen to progress within the broad industry that is plumbing.

Employers will support the students and teaching staff in a more practical and effective manner by providing opportunities for CPD and work experience, to ensure that they are fully aligned with the technology and innovations being used today.

The launch was kick-started by introductions from Bob Noseda, the College’s Sector Skills Advisor, Principal Maria Thompson, and Steve Vaughan, a regional director at Aecom.

The talks were followed by the main part of the launch, a Q&A session facilitated by Vice Principal Asfa Sohail. This gave staff, students and guests the opportunity to ask questions about this exciting and unique programme, as well as the plumbing industry as a whole, to a panel of experts (pictured above) including Tracey Richardson, the first female and current President of CIPHE, Sanjay Modasia of J.A. Brooks, and Jonathan Gaunt, the Chair of SoPHE.

Colin Seabrook, Head of Department for Construction and Building Services, said of the collaboration between industry and education:

This is a great opportunity for students, staff and employers. In particular, it provides students with unrivalled access to help and guidance from industry leaders, placing them in a great position for a great future.

The concept is one that, if successful, will be replicated by other sectors and has the potential to become a model supported by the entire construction industry.

We look forward to the development of this project and what the future holds for it!

havering college railway project cat1 safety
London First, a business campaigning group made up of over 200 leading employers, last night hosted their Infrastructure Awards at the National Gallery.

The ceremony celebrates major achievements and achievers within the infrastructure sector, which contribute to London First’s mission of making the capital the ‘best city in the world to do business’.

There were five awards up for grabs in total and we were ecstatic to be crowned winners of the London Infrastructure Award, sponsored by Bombardier/Hitachi, which identifies businesses who have championed skills development within London’s infrastructure sector.

The award recognises our joint venture with Cat1 Safety Training, the Railway Engineering Project for the Unemployed, which equips unemployed men and women with the skills and qualifications needed to gain access to employment in the railway industry.

This project has had a literal life-changing impact on the learners, with 84% of them now being in full-time employment, contributing to the skills shortage the industry currently faces.

Mary Roberts, Director of Cat1 Safety Training, said of the success:

Cat1 Safety Training is delighted that the hard work that our partnership has been doing to bring awareness of our work to the whole Rail Industry has placed us and Havering College rail academy firmly on the map.

We are extremely proud of this award, which highlights our continued aim of meeting the needs of individuals and employers.

For further information about the project, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

havering college welcomes havering mayor london new years parade competition
2019 will soon be upon us, and before we know it, London's New Year’s Day Parade will be in full swing.

The theme for this year’s parade is ‘London Welcomes the World’. The borough of Havering has an annual presence at the parade and for many years, the College has worked closely with the council to produce the borough’s float. Most notably, the vintage steam train that our construction students built back in 2015 won an impressive third place.

The current Mayor of Havering, Councillor Dilip Patel, visited the College yesterday to choose the winner of an in-College competition organised by the quality team, which encouraged students to propose an idea for the float.

We received submissions from the ‘Busy Bees’ children of Stepping Stones Nursery, a local scouts troop, as well as various curriculum areas. After much consideration, the Mayor chose the Busy Bees as the overall winner, awarding the nursery staff with a £50 voucher to spend as they see fit for the children.

Members of the council have previously met to brainstorm ideas for the parade and have managed to get Store Room Youth Theatre on board who will provide two groups of dancers, and they also envisage having people representing different cultural attires to emphasise the diversity that London offers.

It is set to be an exciting day and building the float is a valuable opportunity for our construction students to put their skills and knowledge into practice.

Congratulations to the Busy Bees on winning!

havering college the brents 2018 brentwood theatre
You may recall that we were nominated for five awards at The Brents this year, and it is with great pleasure to announce that we won two of them.

Sean Erwood took home the award for ‘Best Supporting Actor Aged 18 and Under’, and a collective effort from everyone saw us win the ‘Best Design of a Play’ award, for our retelling of Carol Ann Duffy’s Beasts and Beauties.

The poet’s renowned stories of Europe include Bluebeard, Beauty and the Beast and the Emperor’s New Clothes amongst others. Our dedicated team put together a fantastic multi-role character performance back in May, encompassing these stories in such a creative and modern way that resulted in these nominations.

The College’s principal Maria Thompson and chair of governors Stan Rose were in attendance to celebrate the achievements, as well as performing arts staff and students.

Mark Smithers, Assistant Principal – Academy of Arts and Science, who also attended, praised the continued efforts of the performing arts department:

This is a great achievement for the college and the performing arts students. It is a just reward for all of your hard work and effort.

Well done to all involved for the excellent work and their commitment to the College.

If you are interested in our performing arts courses, please call Admissions on 01708 462801 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

havering college performing arts art in motion
It is sad to hear about the closing of the renowned CPA Studios Colins Performing Arts College

After more than 30 years of operation, the renowned Romford-based College – which boasts Jessie J and James Buckley amongst its former students – announced its sudden closure on August 7th due to financial difficulties, leaving many students and staff stuck in the dark.

As such, Havering College is welcoming late auditions for anyone who is still unsure of where they would like to continue their training for the performing arts, or those who would like to start it. It is not too late to enrol on what could be the start of a great career in the industry, so find out more before it’s too late!

A total of 52 students are left looking for places on other training courses after the end of an era at CPA Studios and the college is doing all that they can to assist them in doing so. Nick Crossley, head of dance, said:

As staff, we are trying to coordinate our efforts to make sure all the students that want to continue training have the option to continue training.

If you would like to find out more about the audition process, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we hope to see you on our stage very soon!

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