marketing team northampton college 2 smallStaff and students from Northampton College are celebrating gold after scooping the top digital and social media award in this month’s national FE First Awards.

The College was awarded the top accolade for its new lifechanging film, which features local students, has been screened at Northampton cinemas and is used across social media channels to promote the College, its courses and campus life to new, existing and prospective students.

The judges, unanimously selecting Northampton College as a “standout” entry, praised the College for its creative film which they described as “a masterclass in modern storytelling.”

Pat Brennan-Barrett, Principal of Northampton College, added: “We have created the country’s best digital and social media campaign this year and now it’s official. Key to the success of our film has been featuring local students, who have secured the jobs of their dreams after studying with us – proof that dreams can come true and lives can be changed.

18th October 2016: Attracting young people into logistics was the focus of a recent business breakfast, with Northamptonshire companies urged to help address the national skills shortage in this sector.

logistics eventBrackmills Industrial Estate joined forces with the Northampton College Logistics Academy to hold a logistics and apprenticeships event at the estate’s automation business Festo Ltd.

James Whybrow, Assistant Principal of Northampton College, said: “It was great to see so many businesses passionate about inspiring our students and supporting apprenticeships. We would urge companies to do everything from mentor a student and provide a paid internship placement during the summer to deliver a masterclass at school or host of workplace tour.

l r sam butler todd wallace lawrenze denton thirasak sutha at springboard futurechef competitionA ‘perfectly-cooked’ salmon fillet and a ‘well-balanced’ apple crumble has given 14-year-old Lawrenze Denton the chance to represent Northamptonshire in the regional finals of a search to find the nation’s top young chef.

The Northampton School for Boys student triumphed in the county heat of the Springboard FutureChef competition, held in the state-of-the-art kitchens at Northampton College.

His main course of salmon with a potato and pea rosti, black pudding and a watercress sauce won rave reviews from the judges, who were also impressed with his apple and cinnamon crumble with custard.

A group of five Northampton College students are hoping to see their specially crafted new sandwich sold in Subway stores across the region.

business students and teacherFirst year business students Josh Russell, Paul Dalton, Liam Zdunczyk, Joe Watkin, and Reece Waterfield have teamed up to create the ‘CertiSub’ – a new low fat sub which has seen them reach the regional finals of a competition to create a new product for High Street fast food giant Subway.


Curry chefs from across the country battled it out in the kitchens of Northampton College for the title of the UK’s King of Spice.

chefs outside northampton college booth laneA total of 30 top chefs from 10 regions lined up for the finals of the 2016 Curry Chef Awards, organised by the Bangladesh Caterers Association.
The challenge saw the chefs showcase their skills by creating a signature dish accompanied by rice and a side dish in just 45 minutes.

Tipu Rahman, Head of the BCA Chef Awards Committee, said: “The standard of cooking in the Asian restaurant sector across the UK right now is phenomenal. Our industry is being taken to a whole new level.

“These awards are the perfect platform for curry chefs to prove they are capable of cooking of the highest order and we saw some truly stunning dishes.”

Judges including Northamptonshire Chamber chief executive Paul Griffiths rated the chefs on factors such as taste, presentation and hygiene.

The winners will be announced at a glamorous gala dinner to be held in London in November at the Park Plaza Hotel in Westminster.

James Whybrow, assistant principal of Northampton College, said: “This year is the second year we have hosted the cook-off. It was a huge honour for the college to stage this event and welcome the cream of Bangladeshi cooking to the college.

“It was a great opportunity for our catering students who were involved throughout the day, giving them a fascinating insight into the world of top class, competitive cooking.”

The event was broadcast around the world, with global satellite TV coverage from a host of stations.

Mr Rahman added: ”We were delighted to hold the event at Northampton College once again. The facilities are absolutely first-class and it’s a great opportunity to involve young people and give them a glimpse of how to create authentic Asian cuisine.”

The Bangladesh Caterers Association was set up in 1960 and represents 12,000 restaurateurs across the UK.

For more details on the competition visit

People living with motor neurone disease (MND) have been given guidance on how to make the most of meal times, during a cooking masterclass at Northampton College.

dietitian talking to audienceFor the 5,000 people with MND across the UK, problems with swallowing may make eating and drinking difficult, leading to weight loss and further health problems.

To help make eating and drinking easier, the MND Association is developing a cook book full of recipe ideas and preparation tips to use in the kitchen.

A kitchen masterclass was staged at Northampton College, with a professional dietitian and speech and language therapist on hand to discuss the ideas with three people living with MND and their partners. The experience of the workshop including photographs taken on the day will help shape and illustrate the guide.

Kaye Stevens, care information manager at the MND Association, based in Northampton, said: “We aim to create a friendly, accessible cook book that will help people with MND think about how to prepare easy-swallow meals.

“Trouble swallowing or a lack of dexterity with the disease can make eating and drinking very difficult and people may lose weight.

“We want to share valuable hints and tips on how to fortify food and simplify preparation to make it more practical for families. Northampton College has been very kind in enabling the event by offering their kitchens as a venue. This type of collaboration can make such a difference.”

Dietitian Dimple Thakrar, who has more than 20 years’ experience in nutrition for neurological conditions, shared simple techniques through a recipe that anyone can cook at home, while speech and language therapist Nina Squires suggested further ways to make food and drink easy to swallow.

James Whybrow, assistant principal at Northampton College, said: “It was a huge honour to stage this event and do our bit to help make quality of life that little bit better, for people with or affected by MND.

“The work being done in this guide to help families continue to enjoy good quality fresh food together is extremely valuable.”

The new eating and drinking guide will be available to families affected by MND early next year. To find out more about the work of the MND Association please visit

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