Former apprentice Ashleigh Hodges has endorsed Northampton College’s new scheme designed to inspire new Apprenticeship recruits as vacancies outstrip the number of candidates making applications.

ashleigh hodges newsstory2Since Ashleigh completed her Advanced Apprenticeship with College, her career has gone from strength to strength.

Ashleigh said, ‘I am a guest artist for Matrix which sees me working around the world teaching seminars and doing shows and photo shoots in places like New York, Rome and South Africa. I am also the project leader for the Fellowship for British Hairdressing’s Project X team after I won a place on their fame team in 2012. I was the winner of Creative Head magazine’s It Girl 2013/14, being recognised as the most up and coming female in the industry, and I'm a British Hairdressing Awards finalist. I'm just about to start a new adventure as the creative director of Paul Falltrick Creative.

matthew moore smallA Northampton College student has been given the chance to impress bosses at F1 champions Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) having secured a week’s work experience for being crowned Student of the Year.

Mechanical engineering student Matthew Moore will get the opportunity to work alongside some of the industry’s brightest brains at HPP’s Brixworth base this summer, and will also be fast-tracked to their apprenticeship selection programme early next year.

He is the latest in a long line of Northampton College students to be selected to get a taste of life in the HPP team and will now have the platform to showcase his skills and potentially win a permanent role with the F1 giants, helping to develop the Power Units driven by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

The Northamptonshire economy is continuing to thrive but skills remain the hottest topic under discussion by local business, it was confirmed at the first Northampton College Skills Summit this week.

A group of companies met at the College to discuss the latest economic picture following presentations from accountants Grant Thornton, Barclays, Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership and the Chamber of Commerce.

Business heard that ‘Northamptonshire Limited’ is getting stronger with the Top 100 privately owned businesses reporting growth of nearly 9% over the last year. New job opportunities have also increased with an 11% boost to the workforces of these pivotal companies that represent the engine of the local economy.

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