Last Friday 20th April we celebrated the launch of our Links Programme, which is part of the Erasmus+ funded ‘3Es for Youths in VET: engagement, empowerment and employability’ project.
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.