The 12th annual National Apprenticeship Week will soon be upon us, providing another opportunity to network, endorse and celebrate apprenticeships, from 4th – 9th March.
We have a range of industry-supported activities and events planned throughout the week here at Havering College, as detailed below:
4th – 9th March
For the entire week, we will have a pop-up shop at the Baytree shopping centre in Brentwood where we will be hosting a range of activities and workshops, as well as networking events and talks from industry leaders. This is a prime opportunity for people to come and talk to experts for both general and industry-specific advice. To find out more, and to register for any of the sessions, please click here.
There will be a Business Networking Event too, which all local businesses are invited to attend. Find out more and register here.
We will be kicking things off in style with an all-female brickwork competition on the first day of the week, Monday 4th March, which is sponsored by building manufacturer Forterra. The competition aims to find the best female student and apprentice bricklayers in the country, as well as encourage more females to consider bricklaying – or any other construction trade for that matter – as a career. Further information and entry details can be found here.
We will also be hosting three other competitions on the 4th; a dry lining competition for our carpentry students delivered by Measom Dry Lining, a painting and decorating one lead by Broadway Decorators, and a dragons den-style competition for our construction and built environment students.
The competitions continue on Tuesday 5th March, this time for our plumbing students. There will be two competitions running concurrently; one for level 1 students and the other for levels 2 & 3. Both will comprise of a multiple choice assessment and practical challenge. These competitions are being sponsored by CIPHE and SoPHE respectively.
Our last competition of the week will be for our electrical students. There will again be two competitions running alongside each other which will see the students take part in a practical challenge using materials supplied by an industry-leading manufacturer.
We will also have a presence at Havering’s Parent & Learner Apprenticeship event from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Hall Mead School, where we will be promoting our current vacancies and offering general apprenticeships advice and guidance, so be sure to come and see us.
Evidently, the week will be a very busy but beneficial one. It will allow our students to demonstrate their skills and increase their employability, and also allow the College to further develop working relationships with contractors and manufacturers.
This week our catering students were fortunate enough to enjoy a range of cookery demonstrations and activities that allowed them to hone their skills and knowledge.
The week kicked off on Tuesday when we welcomed former students Adam Pamplin and James Sands (pictured in action above), who are currently working at Masons restaurant in Brentwood as a sous-chef and senior chef respectively.
They demonstrated how to make one of Masons' most popular dishes; a succulent roast lamp rump with sautéed potatoes and haggis with garlic and rosemary sauce. After this, they shared some advice with the students and welcomed any questions from them.
Following Tuesday’s success, we were honoured to welcome members of 167, the army’s only regiment of chefs, on Wednesday. They delivered a versatile presentation detailing life as a chef in the army and the experiences it brings, which was followed by a question and answer session, before students took part in a ready steady cook challenge using army rations. In teams of four, the students had to prepare a three-course meal fit for some troops.
Yesterday saw students take part in another ready steady cook session ahead of The Jubilee Restaurant’s weekly fine dining. Proceedings were concluded today by appearances from guest speakers Jack Rodway of the University of Essex's Edge Hotel School, Richard Roberts, executive head chef at Holiday Inn Brentwood, and Ken Crosland from Hospitality Action who delivered a seminar on alcohol and drug awareness.
The week was very interactive, inspirational and educational; our students were able to learn a lot from industry professionals and inherit some useful guidance to apply to their studies and careers going forward. Activities such as these are unrivalled and are instrumental in preparing the caterers of tomorrow.
Hospitality and Catering lecturer Tony Peceraro, who organised the fun-filled week, said:
I am pleased with how this week and went and I am confident that our students were able to learn a lot from it. Meeting industry professionals and seeing them in action makes them realise the opportunities available and where they could be in ten years’ time if they work hard.
Havering placed an impressive second out of fifteen entries in the borough competition at this year’s London New Year’s Day Parade, with The Mayor of Havering taking home £9000 for his mayoral charities (Havering Mind, Rainbow Trust and Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund.)
The theme for this year’s parade was ‘London welcomes the world’ and thousands of people flocked to the capital’s streets to watch it – the 33rd of its kind.
Havering’s entry for the borough competition was an array of colour, creation and diversity. Store Room Theatre group put on an excellent performance which was accompanied by an impressive aeroplane float made by our very own construction students.
Head of Construction and Building Services Colin Seabrook praised the efforts of the College:
A number of students and staff from all trade areas took part in the design and construction of this year’s float. They were always enthusiastic and dedicated, with many of them working on the project outside of their normal class times.
I am extremely proud of all those involved in the design and construction and they should be proud of themselves having achieved such a high placing; the best position we have won in fact.
Our efforts have been recognised not only internally, but externally too; the Yellow Advertiser, for example, commended us in a recent article about the parade.
The parade was a very enjoyable day for all involved and we would like to thank all of our staff and students who contributed to it in one way or another.
Havering Council recently secured £1.6m funding via the Good Growth Fund as part of Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s backing of various projects across the capital.
The core aim of the project is to generate new skills and jobs and ultimately drive sustainable economic growth in areas and industries of London that are deemed to need it.
In Havering, the money will contribute to the Rainham SOL – Access and Innovation project, which will provide an innovation hub to boost productivity and skills in the borough. As one of the partners, the College will support the project by investing in new technologies which will be incorporated into the teaching of students to address the construction industry’s skills shortage.
We will also invite local construction-based firms to use these facilities, particularly encouraging them to train their staff with them. As such, we will be fulfilling our mission of responding to the needs of learners and employers.
Colin Seabrook, Head of Construction and Building Services at the College, said:
This project has massive potential and we are looking forward to what it holds. Ultimately, we hope it will create more jobs for people in the borough and in doing so contribute to the construction sector’s skills shortage. It’s a win win.
We are delighted to have been shortlisted as a finalist for the College Engagement with Employers award at year’s Association of Colleges (AoC)’s Beacon Awards.
Now in its 24th year, the Beacon Awards are a celebration of best practice and innovation in further education Colleges across the United Kingdom. The finalists for this year’s awards were announced at the AoC’s Annual Conference in Birmingham at the end of November, and the winners will be revealed at a glamorous ceremony in March next year.
The nomination recognises our rail training academy in partnership with Cat1 Safety Training. A collaboration between industry, further education and stakeholders, the academy equips unemployed men and women with the skills and qualifications needed to gain access to employment in the railway infrastructure.
Assessors visited the Quarles campus last Friday, 7th December, to view the rail-track, talk to learners about their experience and meet with employers.
Carole Stott MBE, Chair of the AoC Charitable Trust, said:
The Beacon Awards were created to highlight the great work that goes on in Colleges every day. Colleges put in a fantastic effort to transform the lives of more than two million people each day and are deeply embedded within their communities.
To emphasise Carole’s statement, the rail training academy has a literal life-changing effect on the learners; of the 400 that we have already trained, 84% of them are now in full-time employment and are able to sustainably support their families, something that previously proved difficult.
It is a great achievement to be selected as a finalist and we are confident that we can win the award – stay tuned to find out if we do!