London Mayor Sadiq Khan recently launched his new Construction Academy in an effort to reduce the industry’s skills shortage across the capital.
The academy is made up of a group of construction skills providers in London who will work together with employers to increase the volume of skilled workers in the city. Ultimately, this will help to tackle the housing crisis that London is currently facing.
An academy ‘quality mark’ has been created and awarded to providers who have been recognised for their construction skills training provision. Havering College is pleased to receive the quality mark, which supports the high standard we deliver.
We are known for having excellent collaborations which are recognised by external agencies such as Ofsted, who have commended us for maintaining steady relationships with employers and local community stakeholders.
College Vice Principal Asfa Sohail expressed her delight at receiving the quality mark. She said:
The College has two Career Colleges in Construction and Engineering – these are supported by a number of employers and local authorities. We have an excellent track record in delivering high quality service to our learners, employers and local communities. Havering College is very excited about the next steps starting from a very strong base to continue to meet the needs of the construction industry.
The quality mark will allow Havering College to apply for investment from the London Economic Action Partnership later in the year which, if granted, will be used to develop state-of-the-art construction skills training facilities.
Well done to all at the College for their hard work and dedication in securing the Mayor’s Construction Academy quality mark.
We recently hosted the first of two annual employer days for our foundation learning students.
At the employer days, we welcome guest speakers from various companies who talk to the students about what the company does and what they would expect from their employees.
The floor is open to the students to ask any questions and they are given the fantastic opportunity to network with the company representatives. In doing so, they strengthen their confidence, self-esteem and communication, which can be applied to their future.
Michelle Letch, Foundation Skills Programme Manager, commented on how beneficial these employer days are:
Our aim is to prepare our foundation learning students for everyday life. We find that, as they learn new skills and explore new interests, they grow in independence and confidence, and that is exactly what these employer days achieve.
Companies that were present included The Brentwood Centre, Time FM Radio, Saint Francis Hospice and local police officers – a diverse group of companies that really emphasises the diverse opportunities open to our students.
A big thank you to all of the employers who attended our employer day and spoke to our students about the importance of work experience!
Our catering students recently completed work experience placements much to the delight of their employers.
It cannot be stressed enough how beneficial work experience placements are for any student. Not only do they help to shape students’ understanding of the working environment, but they also present them with so many opportunities for development.
It is an excellent way to put the skills learned on a course into practice and it can become the first step towards a successful career in the relevant industry, as was the case with Professional Cookery Level 2 Diploma students Hayden Barber and John Caadan who were offered jobs at the end of theirs.
Both Hayden and John carried out their placement at The London Stadium where they produced a canape menu for a professional networking event. They were complimented by guests for their smooth service of the food and drinks and also received praise from Head Chef Gary Foakes:
It has been a great week. Well done to the students, we hope they have taken something from their time here.
Similarly, NVQ Level 2 student Charley Trowbridge completed her work experience at The House of Commons where she was exposed to various kitchens and had to prepare various foods. Despite feeling apprehensive on her first day, Charley took a lot from her placement. Speaking of her time there, she said:
Overall, I really enjoyed myself. I grew in confidence, learnt new skills, and have gained more knowledge. I got to experience different parts of the industry and gained an idea of what I like doing and what sort of chef I want to become in the future.
Our Level 1 Art and Design students spent the past few weeks decorating the Stepping Stones Day Nursery at the Ardleigh Green Campus.
Rain, snow or sun, the students have dedicated their time to making the nursery more visually pleasing and befitting to the ‘Good’ rating it received in the most recent Ofsted inspection this year. What was once a plain, ordinary building is now vibrant and energetic and has really been brought to life.
It has been a great opportunity for the students to get some hands-on work experience and develop skills they can carry forward to further study and potential careers. Not only that, they have also had an impact on the nursery kids who will be able to learn from the paintings as they grow.
College Vice Principal Asfa Sohail recently commended the students for their efforts and dedication. Thanking them in person, she said:
You have done a fantastic job and your contributions are all appreciated. You have demonstrated great skills and should all be very proud of the mural you have created.
A huge well done and thanks to all students involved in brightening up the nursery!
On Wednesday 27 June, we will once again be welcoming students and their families to our annual Further Education Awards to celebrate the students’ hard-work and dedication throughout their time at College.
In previous years the awards have taken place at the Queen’s Theatre in November. This year, however, they will be taking place in a marquee at the Ardleigh Green campus in June.
Nominations for the Further Education Awards are now open and you are encouraged to nominate as many students as you wish. If there is someone who has improved beyond measure, someone who has gone that extra mile, or someone who has been innovative in their approach to work, nominate them today by clicking here.
This year we are also introducing an award that is voted for by students, the Peer Supporter Award. If there is a fellow student that has encouraged and supported you through your studies then why not put them forward? Click here to nominate.
The deadline for submitting your nominations is Wednesday 16 May. Without your nominations, the Further Education Awards cannot happen, so please help us to recognise learners who have shown outstanding commitment to their studies.
The Further Education Awards is set to be a fantastic evening and we look forward to receiving your nominations in due course.