New multi million pound Daventry Campus opens to students
The first students to move into a £13million new college campus have said the state-of-the-art facility could have a ‘life-changing’ impact on their futures.
Northampton College’s new Daventry Campus in Badby Road West, Daventry has opened its doors for the first time, with students able to make the most of a new Digital Academy, industry-standard workshops for motor vehicle engineering and hairdressing and beauty therapy salons.
Courtney Savage, aged 17, a Level 2 health and social care student, said: “I think the new building is smarter, it feels bigger and is generally a much nicer place to come to everyday. I think the new style is more appropriate for a college because it feels like a step up from school and more like a university.”
Level 3 childcare student Vicky Foulks, aged 16, said: “There are much better facilities now which has created a lot more workspace for us to use which is important in childcare as we need to learn a lot of practical aspects of child development.
“With facilities like this on our doorstep it opens up a whole new world of possibilities.”
Students at Northampton College enjoyed food from all four corners of the globe as part of a ‘Street Food’ festival celebrating the cultures of overseas students.
Samosas, blinis, flatbreads, curries, falafel and spring rolls were all on offer as part of the event which saw students from the college’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course team up with NVQ Level 1 Catering students to create a menu featuring traditional dishes from their homelands.
Students from countries including Ethiopia, Sudan, Latvia, Russia, Afghanistan, Vietnam and Eritrea took part in the festival as part of their National Citizen Service qualifications – bringing a taste of their own countries to Northampton for local students to try.
Apprentices show their skills in Siemens engineering challenge
Northampton College apprentices played a pivotal role in an international skills challenge to build a scale replica of one of Europe’s most iconic buildings.
Will Smith, Akhila Attiganal, Marcus Hawksworth, James Coulston and Tom Lees from Siemens Rail - studying BTEC Level 3 in Electrical Engineering at Northampton College - took part in a project to create their version of the Atomium building in Brussels as part of European Vocational Skills Week.
The group were tasked with putting together a series of elements manufactured by fellow apprentices from across the world, with sections from Siemens bases in France, Germany, Spain, Denmark and Portugal.
The final design will be presented by Siemens executives during a European Vocational Skills Week event in Berlin next month.