The 12th annual National Apprenticeship Week will soon be upon us, providing another opportunity to network, endorse and celebrate apprenticeships, from 4th – 9th March.

We have a range of industry-supported activities and events planned throughout the week here at Havering College, as detailed below:

4th – 9th March

For the entire week, we will have a pop-up shop at the Baytree shopping centre in Brentwood where we will be hosting a range of activities and workshops, as well as networking events and talks from industry leaders. This is a prime opportunity for people to come and talk to experts for both general and industry-specific advice.

4th March

We will be kicking things off in style with an all-female brickwork competition on the first day of the week, Monday 4th March, which is sponsored by building manufacturer Forterra. The competition aims to find the best female student and apprentice bricklayers in the country, as well as encourage more females to consider bricklaying – or any other construction trade for that matter – as a career. Further information and entry details can be found here.

We will also be hosting three other competitions on the 4th; a dry lining competition for our carpentry students delivered by Measom Dry Lining, a painting and decorating one lead by Broadway Decorators, and a dragons den-style competition for our construction and built environment students.

5th March

The competitions continue on Tuesday 5th March, this time for our plumbing students. There will be two competitions running concurrently; one for level 1 students and the other for levels 2 & 3. Both will comprise of a multiple choice assessment and practical challenge. These competitions are being sponsored by CIPHE and SoPHE respectively.

6th March

Our last competition of the week will be for our electrical students. There will again be two competitions running alongside each other which will see the students take part in a practical challenge using materials supplied by an industry-leading manufacturer.

We will also have a presence at Havering’s Parent & Learner Apprenticeship event from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Hall Mead School, where we will be promoting our current vacancies and offering general apprenticeships advice and guidance, so be sure to come and see us.

Evidently, the week will be a very busy but beneficial one. It will allow our students to demonstrate their skills and increase their employability, and also allow the College to further develop working relationships with contractors and manufacturers.

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