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havering college legal secretary industry day

Our legal secretary students recently enjoyed a careers day with some of London’s top law firms, allowing them to gain an insight into the industry, and realise what they could achieve post-college.

In attendance were Linklaters, an international law firm headquartered in the capital, Herbert Smith Freehills, who won 2017 Firm of the Year at the annual Australasian Law Awards, as well as Baker McKenzie, Eversheds Sutherland, Laytons, and Ryder Reid.

The day kicked off with presentations from some of the companies, which detailed their history, the work they do, and the personal journeys of some staff members. One such company that delivered a presentation was Baker McKenzie, the second largest law firm in the world by headcount, which really emphasises the opportunities available to our students.

Following the presentations the students completed various career-led activities with the employers, with tasks including telephone technique, proofreading and event planning. This allowed them to not only gain hands-on experience with duties they will undoubtedly be fulfilling in years to come, but also to seek careers advice, discuss current opportunities and ask any questions to the companies.

To conclude proceedings, Catherine Foley, Assistant Principal for the Faculty of Business and Technology, presented certificates to the students who performed well in the educational activities.

If you are interested in our business courses where we work in partnership with industry standard companies, please call Admissions on 01708 462801 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

havering college catering

Our catering students enjoyed an informative day out with Delaware North at the London Stadium in London to learn more about the ins and outs of this lucrative industry. The day consisted of food tasting, a full tour of the catering establishment, and a mini cooking session that involved prepping meats and making truffle cabbage puree with executive head chef, Gary Foake.

Working in partnership with Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality and food service, our students were given the chance to ask vital questions to industry experts and experience working in mass scale kitchens.

Janos Kokeny, a level 2 catering student described the day as a:

Unique and extremely useful experience for catering students.

Tony Pecoraro, our head chef at the Jubilee Restaurant was the lead for the day, and provided the students with more exposure to the food and catering. Tony stated:

The visit and tour was very educational and enjoyed by all students and staff. Students had the opportunity to taste the food, watch the food demonstration by Gary Foakes, ask questions and apply for jobs.

For information on hospitality and catering courses at Havering College, call our Admissions team on 01708 462801 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Jubilee Restaurant is open to the public. For table reservations call the restaurant manager Tony Pecoraro on 01708 462886.

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havering college catering forum
On Wednesday 3rd of January 2018, our catering students got a taste of what it is really like to work in the catering industry. At this event, the students received valuable insight how to gain the best skills behind the elusive industry. With an exclusive panel of some of the best chefs from all around the country and influential figures in recruitment, it gave in-depth knowledge that our students needed to progress and thrive in their chosen career path. The VIP panel consisted of the Head Chef Laurence Colmer and Daniel Piggott from the Palace of Westminster, The Conrad London St. James Executive Head Chef Michael Riordan, The Cranleigh Restaurant General Manager Lisa Fisher, The Savoy Hotel London Recruitment Advisor Lucas Perelstein, The Ninth Planet Personnel founder Marion Gordon and The Plough Bar and Restaurant Head Chef, Russel Door.

With each special guest giving a brief talk about their career and what they did to achieve their goals, it gave the students the opportunity to get in front of exceptional professionals and ask all the vital questions. With group workshops and recruitment discussions, Marion from The Ninth Planet Personnel advised;

Enthusiasm is critical when looking for the right candidate.

The Savoy Hotel recruitment advisor Lucas also agreed stating that;

It’s vital to have good credentials and solid catering qualifications.

Russel Door, Head Chef at The Plough restaurant in Cranham, gave a great insight into his career journey and how he;

Started from nothing to now being my own boss.

An example of exemplary achievements were our former catering student Daniel Piggott who completed his qualifications at Havering College and now works at The House of Commons. He recently won multiple gold medal awards for the best main course in a nationally recognised competition in the forum 2

After the successful event, our own Jubilee Restaurant manager at our Quarles campus in Harold Hill, Essex, Tony Pecoraro stated;

The Catering Forum is an excellent way for our students to have the opportunity to meet top chefs, catering executives and recruitment agencies, and be able to ask relevant questions to their future employers and recruiters. The event was enjoyed and appreciated by all sides.

For information on hospitality and catering courses at Havering College call our Admissions team on 01708 462801 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Jubilee Restaurant is open to the public. For table reservations call the restaurant manager Tony Pecoraro on 01708 462886.

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Our Performing Arts students have had an exciting and challenging term after participating in two audition workshops with guest professional dancers and business owners Leon Poulton- former Ballet Boyz company dancer and Mini Willets- professional dancer and Director of Runway House.  The workshops involved intense drills, creative tasks and learning professional repertoire. Both workshops gave an amazing insight to the expectations of professional standards within the performing arts industry and both Leon and Mini gave lots of advice on how to be successful in the arts. The students left buzzing, inspired and sweaty. 

Mini Willets said

I Really enjoyed it, the students had great focus and show great potential

For further information on performing arts courses at Havering College of Further and Higher Education please call our Admissions team on 01708 462801 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Havering College would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made the Higher Education Awards Ceremony at Queen’s Theatre such an enjoyable evening, and many congratulations to all of our higher education students on their incredible achievements.

Talking after the event, Denise Child, of the higher education division at Havering College, said that the evening was;

buzzing from start to finish.

Denise also recognised the efforts of the students who helped run and plan the event, and cited that the experience will prove to be invaluable for their future careers;

They did an amazing job and thoroughly enjoyed it.havering ceremony

Nyree Myatt, Deputy Head of Higher Education Strategy & Development at Havering College, was thrilled by the success of the awards;

It was great to see a full house with the Mayor of Havering in attendance, alongside representatives from Ford and The Open University. It was a lovely way to celebrate the students’ achievements.

Our guest speaker at the ceremony was Samira Ahmed, who delivered a motivational speech to the audience. She shared her journey to become a successful journalist, writer and broadcaster at the BBC, and her tips on how the students can carve a successful career, now that all their hard work has paid off. 

Samira told the audience that there is;

no substitute for hard work but we underestimate the power of caring about what we do as a career and wanting to treat people well.

As many of the students now go on to pursue careers in teaching or social work. She spoke about how our jobs can have a positive effect on the lives of others and how;

wanting to do the job will make other people have a better experience.

Samira spoke about the fears she faced when she decided to go freelance, giving up the security of being employed, rather than self-employed, but cited and shared these as the things she really learnt from making the transition:

Build a network of work friends. Freelancers who I hardly knew recommended me to people, and in return, I recommended them to others. This is how I got to make documentaries. It’s that sense of helping each other out. One good turn deserves another”.

Samira went on to talk about how growing up in the 1970s in an Asian family could feel “pretty hostile at times”, and shared the advice given to her as a child to combat this;

Don’t fake knowledge – being better qualified and better prepared is something that no one can take away from you. Strive to be the best you can, as in the long term, it will get you where you want to be.

Samira also spoke about the importance of friendship;

“Have friends you can trust and make the time to see them. Time flies by. They will keep you focused and help you out if anything goes wrong”, and the importance of work-life balance; “When you’re older, you’ll never regret spending too few hours in the office”.

As she closed her talk, Samira congratulated the students;

You’ve already achieved so much already. Thank you for having me and congratulations to all of you. You should be really impressed with yourselves.

We echo those sentiments, and thank you, Samira!

For the full library of photos taken on the night, please follow the link


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