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.
As a finalist, Abby attended workshops hosted by FAD during the summer, where she produced a metallic dress that was showcased by a model at London Fashion Week last Monday evening (above right). She is amongst the youngest designers to ever showcase at the prestigious catwalk event.
FAD’s core aim is to help young people make it in the fashion industry. Their programmes equip them with the skills, connections and confidence they need to get their foot firmly in the door, and opportunities such as this are unrivalled.
Whilst Abby wasn’t selected as a winner, her time with FAD allowed her to strengthen her skills and develop as a designer. Speaking of the experience, she said:
I feel a bit more out there – I wasn’t as creative before. I was sticking to normal things whereas now I feel I can be more outrageous and creative. FAD is a really good platform that everyone should apply to and try get on. It’s been really helpful.
We would like to congratulate Abby for making it this far and wish her all the best for her future studies at De Montfort University where she will be reading fashion design.