Two of our carpentry and joinery students recently carried out a work experience placement at Falkus Joinery, one of London’s leading joiners with 60 years of experience behind them.
Joe Hill and Stanley Kappes worked at Falkus’ swanky Shoreditch premises, which is home to a central workshop and state of the art machinery.
Over the course of a few weeks, Joe and Stanley were set to work on one of Falkus’ latest projects; producing a mace stand for the Lord Mayor of Havering. They saw the entire process through from initial design on paper, to computer aided design, and then finally creating the physical product.
They were able to practice what they had learnt in the classroom in a real working environment, and Stanley highlighted the value of this:
Work experience is really important because it makes the theories and stuff you learn in the classroom come to reality. It helps you understand what the market you’re going into is like.
Falkus regularly accept work experience students and encourage them to apply. Speaking of Joe and Stanley’s time there, Commercial Manager Will Burn said:
We wanted them to take their experience from college and make something using our tools and techniques.
We do not doubt that Joe and Stanley took a lot from their time at Falkus and we congratulate them on their involvement in such a prestigious project.
On Wednesday 27th June we welcomed students and their families to our annual Further Education Awards, where our guest of honour was Bonita Norris.
Bonita is an adventurer, author and motivational speaker. In 2010 she became the then-youngest British woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest at the age of 22 and has since broken many mountaineering records.
The values of hard-work, commitment and resilience that Bonita demonstrated in her presentation (above) were reflected in all students that attended and were nominated for awards, and a great evening was had by all to celebrate their success.
Stan Rose, the College's Chair of Governors, said of the evening:
The Further Education awards ceremony was successfully staged – congratulations to everyone concerned for making the event so memorable.
Well done to all of our nominees and winners.
Mechanical Engineering student Luke James recently landed himself an apprenticeship with entertainment giant Merlin Entertainments.
Luke, who was also a Career Colleges student, completed work experience at The London Dungeon, which is just one of many well-known attractions owned and operated by Merlin.
Whilst there, he assisted the team with equipment start-ups, any problems throughout the shows, and equipment maintenance in the workshops.
Speaking of his time at Merlin, Luke said:
I undertook work experience because I wanted to widen my opportunities and open a lot of doors for me within the engineering field, and it really did.
It also allowed him to get out of the classroom and into a practical environment where he could gain some hands-on experience.
It is evident from Luke’s story, then, that the possibility of full-time employment, combined with exposure to the real world, makes work placements a priceless experience.
Congratulations to Luke from all at Havering College!
If you would like to find out more about the apprenticeships we offer, please click here.
We can almost guarantee that most people, if asked what the most lucrative university course in the country was, would hazard a guess at Law from the University of Cambridge, Mathematics from Imperial College London, or something along those lines.
Whilst such courses from top ranking universities certainly can increase your employability and earning potential, it isn’t guaranteed. Sometimes, the course you need can be a little closer to home – at Havering College, for example.
The Telegraph recently published a list of the top 10 courses nationwide that produce graduates with the highest earnings a year after graduating. There are some big names on the list, including those mentioned above, but topping it is the Engineering & Technology courses here at Havering College.
According to the Department for Education, our engineering and technology students have a higher average salary than graduates from any other course in the country a year after graduating – not bad for a “little known institution from East London!"
Of course, this doesn’t guarantee a high salary for all of our students, but we are extremely proud to top this list. We constantly strive to meet the needs of individuals and employers by providing high-quality education and this statistic is testament to that.
We were honoured to welcome Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport, to our Quarles campus on Thursday 14th June.
The purpose of Chris’ visit was to look at our rail engineering facilities, which he was very impressed by. He was particularly enthralled by the number of learners that secure jobs after completing a five week course at the rail training academy – a staggering 85%.
In partnership with CAT 1 Safety Training, these courses are designed to equip learners with the basic skills needed to gain employment in the rail industry. Many of them have had to overcome a lot of difficulties in life and previously have not been able to gain employment.
It soon became evident to Chris, then, that the College is meeting the needs of the rail and construction industries by providing high quality training in order to overcome the current skills shortage. This is something the College is consistently recognised for, most recently by being awarded Mayor’s Construction Academy quality mark.
It was a pleasure to have Chris visit our campus and his presence was felt by the students. Speaking of the rail courses we offer, one learner said:
When I found out about the course, I thought it was brilliant. I’ve always wanted to get into a job where I can progress, and the sky’s the limit with the rail industry.