As you may be aware, this week is national Colleges week and we are pleased to be supporting the Love our Colleges campaign.
The campaign is an opportunity to highlight all of the efforts that go in to making Colleges what they are, as well as the outstanding staff and students that make it all possible. It is also an opportunity to rally for government reform regarding College funding and payment, as a result of the 30% cuts that have been imposed over the last ten years, which has impacted Colleges drastically.
It goes without saying that we are very proud of the College we have become since our establishment in 1947. As an Ofsted-rated good provider, we continuously strive to create a safe and stimulating environment in which our students can learn, grow and improve, fulfilling their abilities and ambitions.
Ultimately, the dedication of our staff allows us to achieve the above, and the success that our students and the College have seen recently, as well as in the past, speak for themselves, as do some of the praise our students have given:
If it wasn’t for the provision here I would never have gone to University because I didn’t have A-Levels. I plan to do my masters here too - Kerry Seager, studying the Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Foundation Degree.
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 – Tashana Johnson, Applied Science and Technology student.
Havering College was the only place that had the course I wanted to do. The support from them has been really helpful; they’ve helped me grow as a confident person and offered me opportunities – Abby Foley, Level 3 Extended Diploma Fashion student.
So, as staff and students, how can you get involved with the campaign? You can join the lobby of parliament today, post on social media using the #LoveOurColleges hashtag and sign the official petition. As a show of support for Havering College, you could also follow us on our social media platforms and comment on them about raising awareness of the funding challenges Colleges are facing.
Support us, support the campaign, and together we can make a difference.
It is with great pride to announce that five of our foundation learning students have been selected to represent Havering College at the finals of the Inclusive Skills Show, which will be taking place on Saturday 17th November at the NEC in Birmingham.
The Inclusive Skills competitions give young people with learning difficulties and disabilities a platform to showcase their talents, with the aim of improving their self-esteem and confidence.
Georgia Tugwell achieved the gold position in the Catering heats and Louie Carabine took home gold position in the Health & Life Science heats, with Shane Miles coming close in the silver position.
Our third gold position was earned by Cameron McCrimmon in the Horticulture heats, with Einaras Macijauskas not too far behind with silver.
Dan Spacagna, the current Head of Inclusive and Foundation Learning, expressed his delight at the students’ achievements:
We are very proud of all of our students that took place in the competitions; they all put in the utmost effort and for five of them to make the finals is just amazing.
Well done to all the students that participated in the heats and good luck to the five finalists!
Steve Pease, the Construction Director at Swift Brickwork, kindly donated some personal protective equipment (PPE) to our construction students today.
The purpose of the donation is to embed the compulsory requirement of PPE in construction students so that they become accustomed to wearing it from day one, and in doing so, ensuring they are work-ready. There is a constant absence of PPE on worksites which often results in apprentices getting red-carded from them.
The standard requirement for site workers is what is known as five-point PPE, which consists of boots, a hard hat, a high visibility vest, gloves and safety goggles, with the latter four being donated by Steve (shown above).
In addition, the donation also strengthens the professional relationship between the College and Swift Brickwork, who are looking to hire some apprentices from our cohort. From this, we hope to establish a better collaboration with other construction employers.
We would like to extend our thanks to Steve and the team at Swift Brickwork for their continued support.
If you are interested in any of our construction courses, we encourage you to come along to our Rainham Construction Centre Open Event on Tuesday 13th November, where you will be able to speak to the team and see the facilities.
Over the past few months we have won our fair share of awards, which is testament to our commitment of delivering high quality education and training that responds to the needs of employers and individuals.
Most recently, Sophie Duggan won the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award at last night’s London Region Construction Training Group (LRCTG)’s annual ceremony, which celebrates individual and corporate achievement in construction across the capital.
Being a female in a male-dominated environment did not deter Sophie at all, and she was quite the model student at Havering College; her attendance was exemplary, achieving 100% during her entire time here, and her assignments were always completed on time to a very high standard. As such, she was crowned the Havering College work-base student of the year in 2016 – another award to her name.
She is currently working full-time at Chelmer House Partnership, where she completed both her level two and level three plumbing apprenticeship with us, managing her own caseload and tasks.
We would like to congratulate Sophie for all of her hard-work – winning this award truly emphasises that.
If you are interested in any of our plumbing courses, we encourage you to come along to our Quarles campus open event on Wednesday 31st October, where you will be able to speak to the team and see the facilities.
And now Chloe Brown, who studied the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, is flying through her Costume Construction degree, which is delivered in partnership with South Essex College, the Royal Opera House and University of the Arts London.
As part of her studies, Chloe has undertaken various work experience placements. In her second year, she had the amazing opportunity to work on the Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake, where she helped make and decorate the swan costumes. She even got to see the dress rehearsal of the production, about which she said:
I absolutely adored it. It felt so amazing to see my work on stage.
Chloe’s work with Swan Lake led to another fantastic opportunity at the beginning of summer this year. The head of the Thurrock costume workroom recommended her for a position on the production of Me and My Girl, her first paid costume job, where she contributed to the making of the Pearly King and Queen costumes.
When Chloe graduates, she wants to become a ladies maker specialising in opera and ballet. We have no doubt that she will exceed in her field and wish her all the best for the future.