The number of students studying business at Northampton College has more than doubled in two years, with more people than ever before interested in setting up their own company.

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Latest figures have revealed a total of 296 people applied for the College’s Level 3 BTEC in Business in 2016, compared to 199 the year before and 117 in 2014.

And 2017 looks like being even more popular, with 92 people having already applied for courses starting this September, compared to just 37 at the same stage last year.

The figures reflect the growing entrepreneurial spirit in Northampton, with the town recently highlighted as one of the best towns in the country to start your own business and the 2016 Centre for Cities report ranking it as the best place outside London for start-ups.

Students looking for a career in the construction industry have been given the chance to ‘build a better future’ thanks to a pioneering new alliance.

university build 2The partnership between Northampton College, The University of Northampton and a host of companies working on the new Waterside campus project will see students given the opportunity to spend time working on the development and transferring the skills they learn in the classroom into a ‘real-world’ setting.

More than 50 electrical engineering students will be involved in the year-long scheme, each spending a week working on-site with specialist contractors such as Bowmer & Kirkland and Derry Building Services.

Prospective students and their parents will be given the chance to ‘have-a-go’ at Skills Fest 2017 – an open event showcasing the courses on offer at Northampton College.

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A range of hands-on workshops, featuring everything from beauty tips and cupcake design to fixing cars and animating video games, will be available during the event on Saturday, March 11.

The workshops will give anyone interested in studying at Northampton College the opportunity to find out more about specific courses, meet the teachers and familiarize themselves with the facilities. Parents will also have the chance to come along and learn more about all aspects of college life.

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