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.
Darcel Osei of the West End hit musical ‘The Lion King’ visited our Ardleigh Green campus last week to deliver a musical theatre workshop to our performing arts students.
The workshop was an invaluable experience for the students, which taught them the process of auditioning and what West End rehearsals are really like.
The workshop was very demanding but also very valuable. The students visibly progressed during the two hours and were able to realise the pressures of the West End routine.
Following the workshop, Darcell hosted a question and answer session with the students, which gave them the opportunity to ask her questions about her journey, how she got to where she is today and her plans for the future.
She also explained the significance of mock auditions, explaining that they test how quickly someone can grasp choreography routines. Praising the students for their valiant efforts, she said:
They did good. They were really focused and even though there were things that I could tell they weren’t necessarily very comfortable with, they gave everything a good shot and that’s all I could have asked for.
The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learnt a lot from their time with Darcel. China Francis said:
I loved it. You’ve got to push yourself in this type of industry. Every day is a new milestone, you push yourself to a new limit. I would love to do something like that again.
A huge thank you to Darcel for her time, and we hope to see some of our own students on the big stage in the near future!
West Ham United recently invited a group of our Foundation Skills learners to the store at their London Stadium ground, where students were shown different work areas within the store and even tried some of the job roles including personalising shirts, shirt printing and shop-floor duties.
The invite was in celebration of Purple Tuesday, which aims to encourage customer-facing businesses to make changes to improve the experience for disabled customers over the long term.
Foundation Skills lecturer Sian Cappi said of the experience:
The students absolutely loved it. They’ve enjoyed coming along, looking at how everything works. They’ve enjoyed the supermarket sweep, going around the store and looking at different items too. For them to come here and see they could possibly find employment within the store is fantastic for them.
Supporting Sian’s statements, the students also expressed their enjoyment, with many saying they had ‘lots of fun’ or ‘a lovely time’.
The entire team at West Ham were fantastic with the students and really did put them at ease. They all took the time to explain the different areas of work within the store and were very friendly and approachable.
To the students’ surprise, they were also invited pitch side, where they were able to see the pitch close-up and have their photos taken in the dugout seats, as shown above.
A great day was had by all and we would like to thank West Ham for the priceless opportunity.
Throughout the 2017/2018 academic year, and through the summer of 2018, we continued our participation in the Green Wheels project.
82 Work sheets have been populated with expert knowledge and infilled with years of teachers’ experience on methods of delivery on the subject of maintenance of electrical and hybrid cars.
We were instrumental in Green Wheels’ project successfully developing all the modules, which were then translated and adapted to national laws and specific country condition by each project country (Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary).
Then they were further tested and piloted throughout the academic year and adjusted and adapted in the course of delivery to end the second year of the project, demonstrating and sharing the experience with all the other partners in Bratislava in June 2018.
As a valued provider of knowledge in the project, we created videos with content related to each part of the training modules. Pilot training in high schools in all partner organisations in Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary is still in progress and will continue during the current academic year.
We attended the fourth Project meeting in Slovakia, which was organised by Duálna Akadémia. At this meeting, we discussed the development of materials as well as aspects of project management. Alongside this, a training program for non-project schools was organised.
The Green Wheels Project successfully passed through the first interim report and the College continues with disseminating the results in the course of 2018/2019.
Last Monday, 5th November, our Higher Education (HE) graduation ceremony took place at the stylish Orsett Hall in Grays.
Though it was a very busy afternoon, it was also a very successful one that concluded the students’ time at Havering College. All of the blood, sweat and tears paid off for this moment.
College Principal Paul Wakeling commenced proceedings with a welcome and congratulations speech. He said:
The graduation ceremony is the highlight of the College’s Higher Education calendar when, together, we celebrate the achievements of our students. Today’s graduates have worked hard to achieve something very special; most have balanced their studies with busy family lives and demanding jobs.
As well as sharing achievements and sharing the excitement that achievement brings, graduation ceremonies are also a time of reflection on the past and contemplation of the present and a bright future.
Paul’s welcome was followed by a speech from our guest of honour, the truly inspirational Mike Brace CBE, DL. Born in Hackney, Mike lived a normal life until, at the tender age of ten, he was blinded by an exploding firework. Fast forward 50 years, and Mike is a former Paralympic skier, social worker and leader of disabled charities.
His determination and perseverance in the face of adversity was very moving and all in attendance – staff, students and guests – were able to take something from him.
And then it was the moment we had all been waiting for, the award presentations. Pride filled the room as each student went on stage to collect their award, and whilst not all HE students were present, we would like to congratulate every single one of them.
We wish you all the very best for your future.