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!
Two ex-Havering College students recently returned here to interview current students for an apprenticeship role at the company they founded together.
Nathan Howson and Luke Egleton both studied electrical installation here at Havering, before completing an apprenticeship with us. They both shared a vision to establish an electrical firm that ‘provides a proficient and professional service that surpasses any other’, and as such, Tesla Electrical Services was born.
Together they have grown Tesla to what it is today; a reputable and respectable company that boasts a broad clientele including Amazon and London Underground , offering them a professional range of electrical services.
They are looking to expand their team by hiring an apprentice and so reached out to us. We were provided with a specification and job-seeking students that fit the bill were selected for an interview in view of proceeding in the hiring process. Even if unsuccessful, the students will at least now be prepared for future interviews and know what to expect.
Daniel Barr, Programme Manager for Electrical, said:
This story encapsulates what we are striving for within the electrical department. The learning journey and our learners’ destination all interconnect via the College. Whether one of our full time learners, an apprentice or a former learner, the electrical lecturers and assessors are here to facilitate each learner’s journey to a fully qualified and competent destination, which Nathan and Luke demonstrate perfectly.
It is always great to hear of past students achieving great things and we not doubt that Nathan and Luke will continue to build Tesla into a bigger, better company.