We recently caught up with Luke James and Zak Jay, two ex-engineering students who have returned to College as part of their apprenticeship.
Both of them studied the Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations Diploma in the last academic year after a swift career change. During this time, they undertook work experience at Merlin Entertainments, one of the Europe’s largest entertainment companies.
Much to their delight, and ours, they were both offered apprenticeships with Merlin following their work experience placements, hence their return to College for the classroom-based learning element.
It was reassuring to learn that both of them are thoroughly enjoying their apprenticeships and wouldn’t have been where they are without the College. When asked why they specifically chose to study with us initially, both were quick to sing our praises. They said:
Havering is the most reputable local College and has the best facilities for Engineering. The staff are knowledgeable, approachable and helped secure good opportunities, which lead to where we are now.
Our Engineering Career College helped with Luke and Zak’s professional development. Through it, they were able to improve their knowledge and confidence, which no doubt contributed to the end result of them securing jobs.
Following their apprenticeships, both students are hoping to stay within the Merlin group and potentially relocate to different attractions. We wish them the best of luck for the future!
We are very proud to have recently become a London Brick Construction Hub; one of only six Colleges to receive this status.
The construction hub project was launched by Forterra, one of the UK’s largest building product manufacturers, to support Colleges that offer construction courses. They will donate 12,000 London Bricks, the company’s original brick that has been in production for over 130 years, to each college, worth a whopping £8,000.
We will also receive new merchandise for our bricklaying workshops and an opportunity for our best students to get their hands on £500 worth of tools. If that wasn’t enough, there will also be visits from the industry’s leading figures to relay their expertise.
Bob Noseda, the College’s Sector Skills Advisor who facilitated the application, said:
This is a priceless opportunity to upskill our bricklayers of tomorrow. It has created a network of Colleges we can engage with and share best practice and ideas with. It’s early days but we have to ensure we keep this status and work collaboratively in partnership with Forterra.
This incredible support from Forterra will massively enhance our learners’ experience and allow them to learn from the best in the business, ultimately helping us to produce some of the best bricklayers in the country in years to come.
Last Friday, our catering students presented Saint Francis Hospice with a cheque as result of their fundraising efforts over the festive season.
The students sold raffle tickets to customers who booked a Christmas meal at the Jubilee Restaurant at our Quarles Campus, raising an impressive total of £300.00 to donate to the cause.
This follows their efforts last year when they raised £434.00, owing to the fact that they sold tickets at more restaurant sittings. The choice of Saint Francis Hospice in particular stems from the fact that many of the Jubilee Restaurant’s customers have a connection to the charity in one way or another.
Saint Francis Hospice is an independent charity serving the Essex borough, providing free of charge care and support to individuals with life-limiting illnesses and their families. It costs £21,000 a day to cover the cost of running their specialist end of life care services, so all donations they receive, no matter how big or small, are crucial.
Andy Furneaux, a member of the charity’s community fundraising team who accepted the cheque (pictured above), extended his thanks to the College:
A huge thank you to Tony and all the catering students at Havering College for this latest donation. We are very grateful for your continued support and to all your customers who bought raffle tickets to raise money for their local hospice. We would not be able to raise the funds we need without the incredible generosity of supporters like you.
To find out more about the work of Saint Francis Hospice and donate, please visit their website, or call them on 01708 753319.
Our first apprentices to undertake an apprenticeship standard recently passed their end point assessment.
Previously, apprenticeships were solely based on frameworks, which are primarily qualification-focused. Learners are assessed throughout the duration of their apprenticeship and rewarded with a competency-based and/or technical qualification at the end of it.
Standards, on the other hand, are occupation-focused. Developed to meet the needs of employers, they emphasise the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to carry out certain roles. Instead of assessment throughout their apprenticeship, learners complete one assessment at the end of it.
Tanya Jassal and James Hughes both completed the AAT Assistant Accountant Level 3 apprenticeship upon completion of their end point assessments; our first students to do so. They are both now progressing onto the AAT Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accounting and look forward to a promising career in the industry.
Steve Lee, Head of Skills and Apprenticeships, said:
It’s great news that our first students to undertake an apprenticeship standard have passed their end point assessment. This is a result of excellent collaboration between the College, the apprentices and the employers. We are confident that, going forward, all of our apprentices who undertake apprenticeship standards will achieve the same.
Huge congratulations to Tanya and James and we wish them the best of luck for their future.
Last Friday, Diane McCarthy of the Embroiderers’ Guild Romford branch came in to deliver a guest lecture to our fashion students.
The Romford Embroiderers, as they are known, is a collective of people with a shared passion for embroidery. They get together once a month to enjoy a diverse programme of speakers, activities and social opportunities.
Diane told the interesting story of her mother’s upbringing in the lace-making district of Nottingham, her education in fashion in the late 1950s and the business she subsequently started in the early 1960s. This fascinating journey of Diane’s mother allowed the students to see how little things have changed in regards to fashion education, hence, the importance and relevance of what they study here at Havering.
They were shown a variety of pieces designed and made by her mother, as well as journals, fashion sketches and pattern cutting/construction coursework which no doubt bore resemblances to their own.
Fashion lecturer Julia McAusland said:
The students saw first-hand from Diane how her mother's fashion education was very similar to their own; they were encouraged to know that hard work now will pay off as they embark on their future careers in the industry.
To support Julia’s statement, the students described Diane’s lecture as being ‘inspirational’ and ‘interesting’ and allowed them to realise the potential the industry holds.