Construction and Built Environment students at our Rainham campus have benefited from an ‘Advent Calendar’ of events during December.
The daily programme of visits, trips, presentations and demos, included involvement from industry supporters such as GSQ Brickwork, Swift Brickwork, Wates Group and Metnor Construction, among others. Students also got the chance to go on trips to two universities.
GSQ Brickwork visited Rainham on Day 5 to give students a talk about roles within the industry, different pathways and the various routes that can be taken.
On Day 6, Swift Brickwork Contractors toured the bricklaying facilities at the campus along with Principal Paul Wakeling. Swift Brickwork have made significant investments this year and have more than doubled the number of students studying at Rainham on apprenticeship programmes.
The college’s Programme Manager Alan Burgess said: “It was brilliant to see such engagement from Managing Director Michael Walsh, who created such a fantastic buzz with our students.”
Swift Brickwork said: “It was great visiting Havering’s Rainham campus to see our apprentices doing really well.”
On Day 10, Level 3 Construction students visited Middlesex University for an inspiring university lecture by Dr Noah Saleeb in Architectural Technology and BIM. The students were able to see university life for themselves and build upon their experiences.
The Middlesex uni visit followed a trip to an Architecture Taster Day at the University of East London where, as well as taking part in challenges, the students were informed of the difference between university routes and HNCs into careers in architecture.
On Day 11, Shaun Powell from Metnor Construction and Jason Hart, from JH Brickwork gave students on the Level 1 Bricklaying City & Guilds course a great onsite experience at the new Hornchurch Sport Centre building project.
Shaun said: “It was a pleasure to meet such hardworking and committed students. All were eager to absorb information and prove their skills. I was really impressed with the quality of their work, especially after finding out that the majority have only been practising laying bricks for nine weeks. The students all had great attitudes which shows that Havering Colleges is doing an exceptional job training them to become top class bricklayers.”
On Day 12, multi-trade students were given a session to ensure they are looking after their mental health. Alan Burgess said: “If the mind is not in the right space, it is very hard to achieve career goals and therefore, we asked former employee, Casca Graham, to return to college to give students advice in relaxation and meditation methods. The student feedback was amazing with some commenting on the real difference this has made to their concentration levels.”
On Day 13, students were given the opportunity to climb eight floors on a visit to a Wates Group building site showcasing top down demo works.
Alan said: “The month of events has been a huge success. Rainham campus is rapidly becoming the home of construction training for the industry and the team here are immensely grateful for the support from local industry.”
Havering Colleges students worked together with Streetwatch, Romford Police and the council to launch an anti-burglary campaign at a pop-up shop in the Liberty Centre, Romford, this week.
Art & Design students created a mascot called Larry the Lock and a special door hanger to remind Havering residents to Lift, Lock and Remove their keys when shutting their front doors in the lead-up to Christmas.
Performing Arts students were also involved in the campaign by composing and singing a catchy radio jingle which will be played during the next few weeks on local radio station, Time FM.
Inspector Rob McElroy said: "We wanted the students to assist us with a burglary crime prevention campaign and to help get the message out to local residents to ensure they lock their doors. The students came up with some excellent designs."
Havering Colleges Events Officer Jamie Webb said: “It’s been great for our students to work on a project that will directly impact the community.
“They were asked by the police to come up with something that would remind residents of the ‘Lift, Lock and Remove' procedure and presented their ideas in a Dragons' Den type session. The winning design was a door hanger which is now going to be distributed to homes across Havering.
“The students also came up with the idea of creating the mascot, Larry the Lock, to complement the campaign.”
Jamie added: "The Performing Arts students then got involved by creating the radio jingle which is a very catchy tune with lyrics about the amount of burglaries that happen in the winter. Our students sang and created the jingle which will be played on Time FM.”
The photographs show:
• Performing arts students Holly Reeve, Zoe Batt, Orla Hammond, Nancy Edgar-Ash and Shanice Garner who sang the anti-burglary jingle. They are pictured holding the door hangers.
• Romford Police Inspector Rob McElroy and Constable Mark Luxton with Creative Arts lecturers discussing the students' initial ideas.
• Art & Design and Performing Arts students with Larry the Lock mascot and police officers at the launch of the anti-burglary campaign in the Liberty's pop-up shop.
The pop-up shop, in Laurie Walk, will give shoppers safety advice from services such as the London Fire Brigade, Community Wardens, Neighbourhood Watch, and Havering's Community Team. It will be open Monday to Friday between 11.30am and 2.30pm, until 21st December.
Construction and Built Environment students from our Rainham campus got the chance to find out what happens on a large scale building project when they left their classes to visit the site of the new Hornchurch Sports Centre at Harrow Lodge Park.
They had a tour of the site followed by a presentation by Metnor Construction, who are running the huge project.
Metnor’s Project Manager, Shaun Powell, said: "At the start of this project we reached out to the Havering Colleges to provide an opportunity for local students to see construction on a grand scale. We also wanted to help them develop a broader knowledge and understanding of our industry by means of site visits, presentations and work experience.
"It was fantastic to see the students show such an interest in our project."
The visit followed two other site tours where Construction and Built Environment students were also able to see first-hand the work going on at Wates Group building projects.
The first was to the site adjacent to the Rainham campus in New Road where the students were taken up to the 10th floor and had a bird’s eye view of the surrounding area, including the college!
The second visit was to a Wates site in Hornchurch which demonstrated to the students how vital safety, cleanliness and tidiness is on a working project.
Programme Manager Alan Burgess said: “These were all amazing experiences for the students and are so important because they cannot be recreated in the classroom. Giving them access to real life projects is what education is all about and really brings their learning to life.
“We are very grateful at Rainham campus to have such support for our students from these companies who are helping us to create a Construction Centre of which the industry and the community can be proud.”
Havering Colleges was proud to play host to a group of Chinese delegates during a fact-finding tour of the UK to gain information about our Apprenticeship schemes.
The visit, organised between the Department for International Trade and the Association of Colleges (AoC), involved a 14-strong delegation from the China Prosperity Fund, comprising of officials from the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, plus college representatives. Also visiting was Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson’s Private Secretary, who joined the delegation in a shadowing role.
Our Ardleigh Green site was chosen for the group to visit because of the very good Apprenticeship provision provided here.
The delegates were given breakfast before listening to a presentation, through an interpreter, by Steve Lee, NCC and Havering’s Deputy Group Director for Apprenticeships and Business Development.
They then had a tour around the college’s Science labs and the Automotive and Electrical Installation workshops.
Steve said: “The delegation were particularly interested in looking at the Apprenticeships that we offer in the Auto and Electrical areas and they were keen to hear of the green technologies and hybrid vehicles we are developing. They were very impressed with our engagement with employers, which is something they said they need to improve in China.”
After their visit to Havering, the group travelled to the AoC head office in London before heading to a college in Birmingham.
Former College 14-16 Student of the Year, Apple-Jane Hayward, has been selected as the official Mayor’s Cadet to accompany the Mayor of Brentwood on civic engagements.
Apple-Jane was awarded Student of the Year when she studied Catering at Quarles campus last year.
Now the 16-year-old is at our Sixth Form site in Wingletye Lane studying the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport. She is the first ever Mayor’s Cadet to be selected.
As part of her role she attends many events with the Mayor of Brentwood Councillor Keith Parker, meeting and greeting people from local charities and organisations.
An avid water-sports enthusiast, Apple-Jane has been a member of the Brentwood Sea Cadets for four years, is a volunteer Explorer Scout and a Royal Yachting Association Stage 4 Advanced Sailor. She is also TS St. Vincent's Leading Sea Cadet and is a British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor.
Along with her brother Miles, who is studying Level 2 BTEC Engineering at Quarles campus and is also a Brentwood Sea Cadet, Apple-Jane was awarded the prestigious Master Coxswain earlier this year. This is the highest award in the Sea Cadets for waterborne activities and is rarely achieved. Miles at 14, was the youngest Sea Cadet to ever be presented with this award.
The Brentwood Sea Cadets meet twice a week at the Unit, TS St. Vincent, in King Edward Road, near Brentwood Rail Station, at 7.15pm.