A Pop Up shop, created and run by Supported Internship students at Quarles campus, was declared officially open in a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Principal Paul Wakeling.
Paul, along with help from student Gina Crudgington, cut the ribbon before members of the public and local employers were able to browse the displays and buy the goods on offer.
The shop sells donated items such as clothes, shoes, baby care, games, DVDs, jewellery and bags – and has been set up by the Internship students in Foundation Skills with the support of a job coach.
Programme Manager Sylvie Smith said: “The shop is something different and is giving our students, who all have a Special Educational Need or Disability, the chance to gain employability skills through work such as sorting through donations, categorising items, setting them up on shelves and taking money from buyers. It is rewarding for them and also teaches them at the same time.”
The Internship course develops young people who are not quite ready for full-time work, by setting up paid work experience and other opportunities with employers. Those in industry who have supported the scheme include Avelon, Queen’s Hospital, West Ham United FC, the Co-Op, B&M, and the Brentwood Centre.
Student Abhimanyu Gupta, a former pupil at Hall Mead School, who is now 23, said the course had helped him gain confidence.
He said: “When I finish I hope that I’m able to get a paid job. I have really enjoyed the work experience I have had at the Co-op where I was dealing with stock and deliveries and at the Brentwood Centre where I was meeting and greeting visitors to events and checking tickets.”
The shop has been set up in the space of the former Jubilee Restaurant.
Before cutting the ribbon and also a celebratory ‘Open For Business’ cake, Paul said: “As well as being rooted in the community where people can contribute and also come in and buy items, the shop will teach our students about managing a business and develop their life skills so that they are ready for paid work when they leave us. We have fantastic staff here doing fantastic things for our young people.”
Former Fashion student Aaiza Arshad was chosen from more than 70 young designers to display her work as part of the Fashion Futures Final at London Fashion Week.
Aaiza, 18, who studied the Level 3 Fashion course at Ardleigh Green, was proud to see her sustainable fashion designs come to life on the catwalk.
Now studying Fashion and Textiles at Ravensbourne University, Aaiza said: “Looking at everyone else's work, I never thought I'd get chosen for the final out of 70 students. It just made me realise my own potential as a designer and to never compare myself to others because everyone is different creatively.”
Organised by London charity FAD (Fashion Awareness Direct), which gives students from diverse backgrounds better access and representation to help them make it in the fashion industry, the 2019 Fashion Futures Final gave young, up-and-coming designers the chance to showcase their work exploring issues of sustainability and humans’ relationship with the natural world.
Aaiza says she found the confidence to enter through having the best supportive tutors at Havering College.
She said: “I honestly loved the course at Ardleigh Green. The facilities were great and the teachers helped me find myself in the sense of what pathway of fashion I'd be good at, as well as giving me opportunities such as doing work experience with different companies and getting me into FAD.”
She added: “My ambitions for the future are to get a degree in fashion design, become part of the industry and help make it a better place where the less fortunate creatives can showcase their work to a much wider audience – FAD is a great example of that. Also in time to come, hopefully I can have my own brand across many countries and become a successful businesswoman.”
Aaiza’s former tutor at Havering College, Julia McAusland, who went along to watch the fashion show, said: “The event was fabulous and there was some amazing work on display. I am proud of Aaiza - it is always so good to see creativity flourish.”
Photographs by Tony Wellington
I am delighted to announce that the merger between New City College, Havering College of Further and Higher Education and Havering Sixth Form has taken place.
The Havering Colleges: Havering College Sixth Form, Havering College Ardleigh Green, Havering College Rainham, and Havering College Quarles are now proud to be part of New City College (NCC).
Since 1991 the Havering Colleges have worked together to provide a comprehensive high quality, education and training offer for young people, adults and employers. The Havering Colleges offer young people who are educated and/or live in the borough a guaranteed place at one of our campuses, providing that entry requirements are met. The merger does not affect the place of study – students will either enrol at the Sixth Form or at Ardleigh Green for all other sites.
NCC is the largest college in east London, formed by a merger in 2016 of Hackney Community College with Tower Hamlets College and then in spring 2017, with Redbridge College. In August 2018 there was a further merger with Epping Forest College.
As the college has increased in size and scale, it has retained strong local identities and its campuses in each borough continue to provide a strong choice of courses for the communities they serve.
Together this is now the second largest provider of post-16 education in the country with a breadth of curriculum offer that has something to suit everyone.
The Havering Colleges are now well-placed to continue to provide academic, professional and technical qualifications that meet the needs and aspirations of our local communities.
We are all looking forward to working together to provide opportunity for provision in Havering to grow, flourish and succeed.
Havering College Career College for Construction was delighted to welcome John Bryson, Head of Academy at L&Q when he recently visited learners at Rainham. L&Q is one of London’s leading residential developers delivering award-winning mixed-use schemes across London and the South East and a partner on the Barking Riverside project. As part of their commitment to Career Colleges, L&Q donated a £250 Voucher as a prize to be presented to an outstanding Construction Career College learner.
The recipient was Samuel Sambu, nominated by teaching staff for his dedication to improving his technical construction skills. This year, Samuel has completed a week long work placement at an architects practise in Brighton, received a Jack Petchey Award and worked with a local charity to improve their surroundings, utilising his hands-on construction, project management and entrepreneurial skills. Samuel has studied hard and improved his knowledge and confidence significantly this year while undertaking his Level 3 Construction and The Built Environment Course.
On accepting his award Samuel said "Havering College has a lot of opportunities for students and never lets your hard work go unnoticed. Me, I was nominated for my dedication and effort, so if you think your hard work is going unnoticed it is not!!"
During his visit, John happily answered questions from Career College learners regarding Barking Riverside and opportunities to work with L&Q in the future.
Paul Mason-Hughes, Career Colleges Lead at Havering College, thanked John for L&Q’s continued support and commitment to the Career Colleges Trust values of encouraging local young people to gain technical skills while being supported by employers – developing the construction workforce of the future.
You may recall the national Love our Colleges campaign back in October last year.
It's back with a vengeance and, following October's success, there will be another jam-packed week of activity next week from Monday 13th to Friday 17th May.
The campaign is an opportunity to highlight the brilliant work that goes on in Colleges, the staff that make it possible, and also to call on the government for better investment in Colleges, including fairer pay for staff. Last year, the action resulted in four parliamentary debates, FE funding being discussed at the prime minister's question time and many back-bench MPs getting involved. This time, it hopes to take it one step further.
Together with Havering Sixth Form College, we have a host of activities planned which include a round-table meeting with MP Julia Lopez, social media campaigns and a local radio interview on Phoenix FM. You can get involved via your own social media channels (#LoveOurColleges) and by writing to your local MP.
Support us, support the campaign, and together we can make a difference.