At the employer days, we welcome guest speakers from various companies who talk to the students about what the company does and what they would expect from their employees.
The floor is open to the students to ask any questions and they are given the fantastic opportunity to network with the company representatives. In doing so, they strengthen their confidence, self-esteem and communication, which can be applied to their future.
Michelle Letch, Foundation Skills Programme Manager, commented on how beneficial these employer days are:
“Our aim is to prepare our foundation learning students for everyday life. We find that, as they learn new skills and explore new interests, they grow in independence and confidence, and that is exactly what these employer days achieve.”
Companies that were present included The Brentwood Centre, Time FM Radio, Saint Francis Hospice and local police officers – a diverse group of companies that really emphasises the diverse opportunities open to our students.
A big thank you to all of the employers who attended our employer day and spoke to our students about the importance of work experience!
It cannot be stressed enough how beneficial work experience placements are for any student. Not only do they help to shape students’ understanding of the working environment, but they also present them with so many opportunities for development.
It is an excellent way to put the skills learned on a course into practice and it can become the first step towards a successful career in the relevant industry, as was the case with Professional Cookery Level 2 Diploma students Hayden Barber and John Caadan who were offered jobs at the end of theirs.
Both Hayden and John carried out their placement at The London Stadium where they produced a canape menu for a professional networking event. They were complimented by guests for their smooth service of the food and drinks and also received praise from Head Chef Gary Foakes:
“It has been a great week. Well done to the students, we hope they have taken something from their time here.”
Similarly, NVQ Level 2 student Charley Trowbridge completed her work experience at The House of Commons where she was exposed to various kitchens and had to prepare various foods. Despite feeling apprehensive on her first day, Charley took a lot from her placement. Speaking of her time there, she said:
“Overall, I really enjoyed myself. I grew in confidence, learnt new skills, and have gained more knowledge. I got to experience different parts of the industry and gained an idea of what I like doing and what sort of chef I want to become in the future.”
Rain, snow or sun, the students have dedicated their time to making the nursery more visually pleasing and befitting to the ‘Good’ rating it received in the most recent Ofsted inspection this year. What was once a plain, ordinary building is now vibrant and energetic and has really been brought to life.
It has been a great opportunity for the students to get some hands-on work experience and develop skills they can carry forward to further study and potential careers. Not only that, they have also had an impact on the nursery kids who will be able to learn from the paintings as they grow.
College Vice Principal Asfa Sohail recently commended the students for their efforts and dedication. Thanking them in person, she said:
“You have done a fantastic job and your contributions are all appreciated. You have demonstrated great skills and should all be very proud of the mural you have created.”
A huge well done and thanks to all students involved in brightening up the nursery!
In previous years the awards have taken place at the Queen’s Theatre in November. This year, however, they will be taking place in a marquee at the Ardleigh Green campus in June.
Nominations for the Further Education Awards are now open and you are encouraged to nominate as many students as you wish. If there is someone who has improved beyond measure, someone who has gone that extra mile, or someone who has been innovative in their approach to work, nominate them today by clicking here.
This year we are also introducing an award that is voted for by students, the Peer Supporter Award. If there is a fellow student that has encouraged and supported you through your studies then why not put them forward? Click here to nominate.
The deadline for submitting your nominations is Wednesday 16 May. Without your nominations, the Further Education Awards cannot happen, so please help us to recognise learners who have shown outstanding commitment to their studies.
The Further Education Awards is set to be a fantastic evening and we look forward to receiving your nominations in due course.
The purpose of this bespoke study programme is to improve the educational outcomes, life skills and employability of young people who are already NEET (not in education, employment or training), or are at risk of becoming NEET.
Running over the course of three days a week, the Links Programme will consist of 560 study hours throughout the academic year, resulting in a Gateway Level 1 Certificate in Progression at the end of it.
The launch was kick-started by a welcome presentation from Vice Principal Asfa Sohail, which outlined the College’s vision and success to the guests. Amongst them were representatives from Future Gateways, Prospects and Havering Council.
Teaching and Learning coach Eleni Alexandrou then delivered a presentation about the 3Es Project, which was followed by an Introduction to the Links Programme by Julie Surridge, the Schools Liaison Manager and Michelle Letch, the Foundation Skills Programme Manager.
Both of these presentations really emphasised the inclusive, supportive environment for all that we strive to achieve at Havering College, as verified by Applied Science and Technology student Tashana Johnson. She said:
“Havering College to me is both a home and a family. A home because they accept you for who you are, and family because the tutors are like parents who teach you new things every day.”