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!
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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.
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!