Havering Council recently secured £1.6m funding via the Good Growth Fund as part of Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s backing of various projects across the capital.
The core aim of the project is to generate new skills and jobs and ultimately drive sustainable economic growth in areas and industries of London that are deemed to need it.
In Havering, the money will contribute to the Rainham SOL – Access and Innovation project, which will provide an innovation hub to boost productivity and skills in the borough. As one of the partners, the College will support the project by investing in new technologies which will be incorporated into the teaching of students to address the construction industry’s skills shortage.
We will also invite local construction-based firms to use these facilities, particularly encouraging them to train their staff with them. As such, we will be fulfilling our mission of responding to the needs of learners and employers.
Colin Seabrook, Head of Construction and Building Services at the College, said:
This project has massive potential and we are looking forward to what it holds. Ultimately, we hope it will create more jobs for people in the borough and in doing so contribute to the construction sector’s skills shortage. It’s a win win.
We are delighted to have been shortlisted as a finalist for the College Engagement with Employers award at year’s Association of Colleges (AoC)’s Beacon Awards.
Now in its 24th year, the Beacon Awards are a celebration of best practice and innovation in further education Colleges across the United Kingdom. The finalists for this year’s awards were announced at the AoC’s Annual Conference in Birmingham at the end of November, and the winners will be revealed at a glamorous ceremony in March next year.
The nomination recognises our rail training academy in partnership with Cat1 Safety Training. A collaboration between industry, further education and stakeholders, the academy equips unemployed men and women with the skills and qualifications needed to gain access to employment in the railway infrastructure.
Assessors visited the Quarles campus last Friday, 7th December, to view the rail-track, talk to learners about their experience and meet with employers.
Carole Stott MBE, Chair of the AoC Charitable Trust, said:
The Beacon Awards were created to highlight the great work that goes on in Colleges every day. Colleges put in a fantastic effort to transform the lives of more than two million people each day and are deeply embedded within their communities.
To emphasise Carole’s statement, the rail training academy has a literal life-changing effect on the learners; of the 400 that we have already trained, 84% of them are now in full-time employment and are able to sustainably support their families, something that previously proved difficult.
It is a great achievement to be selected as a finalist and we are confident that we can win the award – stay tuned to find out if we do!
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.