How Newham College engaged in the National Apprenticeship Week 2019
Newham College’s jam-packed National Apprenticeship Week 2019 is worth celebrating
From the 4th – 8th of March, Newham College participated in a number of great events. Activities during the week included; sharing the journey of a ‘life as an apprentice’ at the Newham Chamber of Commerce business breakfast, hosting some thrilling engineering workshops giving local school students hands-on STEM experience, supporting Newham local residents with 150+ applications at the Apprenticeship Fair, and having a former student appear on The Guardian.
Kicking off in style
We kicked off on the 4th of March where we set up a number of information stands at the front of each of our college campuses to emphasise student involvement during #NAW2019. This was an opportunity for our students find out their strengths and realise their potential career prospects, as well as engaging with the rest of the college and share what they want to become when they’re finished their studies.
The apprenticeship journey on the road
On Tuesday, Akbar Malik, a level 3 Business Administration apprentice with a local community organisation called The Renewal Programme talked about life as a Newham College apprentice at the Newham Chamber of Commerce business breakfast. He discussed the opportunities and flexibility when taking up an apprenticeship opposed to a more conventional A-level study route in front of a packed room.
“I get to work closely with my CEO, so I am getting great experience in all areas of the business. When I’m at college, I use this knowledge in my course work. I also work closely with my fellow apprentices and we all support each other.”
Apprenticeship Fair 2019
Wednesday saw us take a stand at the Apprenticeship Fair 2019 at Newham Workplace where we dealt with over 150 apprenticeship enquiries. Workplace supports Newham residents who have been unable to access job opportunities because of economic, family or personal situations, into apprenticeships and other employment. We spoke to many residents, giving them details on how to kick start their career goals and information on the many Newham College apprenticeship programmes on offer. Find out more here.
Inspiring local school students through Engineering Workshops
On Thursday and Friday, we were thrilled to host engineering workshops with Rokeby School and Chobham School Academy. These workshops gave year 9 and 10 school students the chance to get their hands dirty in practical and fun exercises, and inspire them to take up engineering when they leave school. It was a fantastic opportunity to ignite their interests supported by career and education advice from employers and scientists.
Zee Mészáros, former student at Newham College, features on The Guardian during NAW
Zee Mészáros’ apprenticeship story in The Guardian, tells her journey of studying at Newham College through to taking up a successful apprenticeship in the world’s oldest bespoke tailoring companies.
When Zee left her native Hungary six years ago, she took a bespoke tailoring course at Newham College, and then jumped at an opportunity of an apprenticeship. She's now an apprentice coat maker at Savile Row’s Gieves and Hawkes and is working with veteran coat maker Andrew Gomez.
“When I was younger I wanted to be a fashion designer, then someone said if I like making clothes and want to gain a bit more knowledge, why don’t I go to Newham College.”
Read Zee's full story here.
Meet the Stratford technician with designs on a male-dominated industry
Speaking at the start of National Apprenticeship Week, Muntaha Saleem said
“There’s no such thing as a man’s job.”
Muntaha is an apprentice working with Imtech Engineering who was inspired to pursue a career in the construction industry by Stratford’s ever-changing skyline. After leaving school, she drifted between courses before she ended up taking the design, engineer, and construct course at Newham College.
The 20-year-old now works as a digital engineering technician apprentice doing computer aided design with the firm that helped transform the London Stadium after the Olympic Games in 2012. She also studies an NVQ part time and aims to progress to a Higher National Certificate next year.
Muntaha, who lives near West Ham Park, Stratford, said: “I love this job because I get to be on site. You get hands on experience. If you’re put off studying full time whether for financial or other reasons you can get the best of both worlds on the apprenticeship route.” Read the full story here.