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Public Services students election

Public Services students based at our Quarles campus staged a mock election as part of their course, creating political parties with candidates and manifestos.

ballot boxEach candidate gave a speech about their vision for the future which was followed by a Q&A and debate, with the election taking place shortly after.

Different voting systems were explained and used, such as First Past the Post and Alternative Voting. The winner of the election was the Big Boss Party, which promised to install ‘Pink Guy’ as the Mayor of London!

The students also visited Parliament last week to see how laws are made.

In the photo are, left to right: Dani Ryan - ECA Party, Saleh Jamali - Big Boss Party, Ryan Chatman - Crunchy Bagel Party and Grace Beautyman - People’s Party

StudentsStaff and students were in the pink for Breast Cancer and raised well over £300 for the charity.

Organised by Foundation Learning students at our Quarles campus, there was a raffle, pink ribbons made by the students for sale, a coffee and cake stall and a pink tombola.

Many students and staff wore something pink to get in the spirit of the day.

Organiser Julie Ettridge said: “I’m really pleased with how the day went - the students got really involved and thoroughly enjoyed it.”

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Wear it Pink foundation learning students Adele and Brandon

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A new and exciting partnership with industry was unveiled at a special launch at our Construction Centre in Rainham on Thursday.

Drylining experts Measom have joined the college to boost employability by offering taster courses and beginner Drylining courses for students in a unique, newly-constructed training area.

Special guests, including local MP Jon Cruddas, Lord Watson of Invergowrie and London Assembly member Keith Prince, heard how the partnership is creating a Drylining Centre of Excellence at Rainham which will develop talent and provide properly qualified and expertly trained people to the fast-growing trade of drylining.

Measom Managing Director Andrew Measom said: “This is a ground-breaking partnership which is giving us the exciting opportunity to educate young people in a trade that is not typically offered at colleges. Drylining is a modern-day plastering but it is an undervalued trade in the industry. The reality is, however, that there is a lucrative career in drylining where specialists can earn up to £50,000 a year.”

measom demoAndrew went on to explain that the construction industry is in the middle of a revolution where ipads are replacing architects’ drawings and super technical equipment is now common-place on sites.

He told the audience: “As the industry changes, we need to move forward and change too in order to drive through a different delivery process to recruit properly qualified dryliners.”

The new courses at Rainham will start next year and will be short six-week courses taught by a Measom specialist. The successful students will be offered an interview giving them the opportunity of an apprenticeship with Measom where they will work with experienced dryliners on live projects.

Colin Seabrook, College Head of Department for Construction & Building Services, said: “The construction industry is ever-evolving so we need industry experts working in the college with us.

“The partnership with Measom is really exciting. The prospect of having their highly skilled staff training our students is a wonderful opportunity. It will help us reach young people who are interested in a career in construction and it offers the college access to a major local and national employer. Following successful completion of the course, the college students will have the best opportunities for future employment.”

Pictured at the launch are: L-R Colin Seabrook, Keith Prince, Jon Cruddas, Measom Apprentice Training Manager Rikki Wild, Measom Regional Director for the South Simon Morten, Andrew Measom and Lord Watson.

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havering half marathon

Community spirit was in full force when students and staff got involved in the Havering Half Marathon on Sunday.

Organised by Havering Mind – a local mental health charity - the fun and friendly event with around 1,000 runners, brought all sections of the community together.

The College was one of the major sponsors of the race which started and finished on the field at Abbs Cross Academy, Hornchurch. Students from our Travel & Tourism and Public Services courses got involved by volunteering to help early in the morning with the runner registration desk.

Our team of runners were: Principal Paul Wakeling; his PA Debbie Venner; Public Services lecturer at Quarles campus, Mark Brooks; Sixth Form Creative Media and Games Development Subject Leader Stuart Phillips; and Health & Social Care lecturer at Ardleigh Green, Danielle Hooker. All five ran superbly and completed the race in better times than any of them expected!

Mark was first home in 1hr 28mins, next was Stuart in 1hr 51mins, then came Danielle in 2hrs 2mins, Paul was next in 2hrs 4mins and Debbie ran in 2hrs 23mins.

Paul said: “It was a great course to run – it took you through the streets of Havering but also through some of the lovely parks. I’m pleased with my time, this was my first half marathon and I was expecting to finish in around 2 and a half hours.”

Assistant Principal Sue Bannocks said: “We were delighted to be involved in this event and to support a charity which spearheads mental health and well-being, which impacts all age groups. There was a great community spirit and a lovely atmosphere with many people supporting and cheering on the runners. We were also proud of our fantastic students who were a huge help on the registration desks.

“We are looking forward to many more of our students helping to deliver future community projects, including an exciting new Christmas event at the Sensory Garden, adjacent to Harrow Lodge House, Hornchurch.”

The main sponsor of the Havering Half Marathon was The Chigwell Group. Other sponsors were: Aspen Waite, Conran and Partners, Crafty Arts, Cryo Wellness Clinic Brentwood, F Barnes Solicitors, First Base, Havering Triathlon Club, Hornchurch Round Table, JTP and Wates Residential. Other organisations who supported the event were: Everyone Active, Run Things, SV Sports Therapy and Time FM.

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havering half marathon paul running

A Pop Up shop, created and run by Supported Internship students at Quarles campus, was declared officially open in a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Principal Paul Wakeling.

Paul, along with help from student Gina Crudgington, cut the ribbon before members of the public and local employers were able to browse the displays and buy the goods on offer.

The shop sells donated items such as clothes, shoes, baby care, games, DVDs, jewellery and bags – and has been set up by the Internship students in Foundation Skills with the support of a job coach.

Programme Manager Sylvie Smith said: “The shop is something different and is giving our students, who all have a Special Educational Need or Disability, the chance to gain employability skills through work such as sorting through donations, categorising items, setting them up on shelves and taking money from buyers. It is rewarding for them and also teaches them at the same time.”

The Internship course develops young people who are not quite ready for full-time work, by setting up paid work experience and other opportunities with employers. Those in industry who have supported the scheme include Avelon, Queen’s Hospital, West Ham United FC, the Co-Op, B&M, and the Brentwood Centre.

Student Abhimanyu Gupta, a former pupil at Hall Mead School, who is now 23, said the course had helped him gain confidence.

He said: “When I finish I hope that I’m able to get a paid job. I have really enjoyed the work experience I have had at the Co-op where I was dealing with stock and deliveries and at the Brentwood Centre where I was meeting and greeting visitors to events and checking tickets.”

The shop has been set up in the space of the former Jubilee Restaurant.

Before cutting the ribbon and also a celebratory ‘Open For Business’ cake, Paul said: “As well as being rooted in the community where people can contribute and also come in and buy items, the shop will teach our students about managing a business and develop their life skills so that they are ready for paid work when they leave us. We have fantastic staff here doing fantastic things for our young people.”

Please contact Sylvie Smith on ext 4876 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you can donate items for the students to sell.

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