Businesses, VIPs, students, staff and local artists are being invited to put their own stamp on the new multi-million pound Daventry Campus, as plans for a giant commemorative mural continue to take shape.

jasmin haines liam robertson smiling students unveil tiles resized jpegThe mural, which will be made up of hundreds of individually designed tiles, will be in development at the official launch and open day of Northampton College’s new Daventry Campus on Tuesday, February 7.

College staff and students have already been designing their own tiles and guests at the launch event will be invited to get creative and play their part in the giant mural, which will take centre stage inside the new campus’ reception.

Sam Cope, Photography tutor and Visual Arts Technician, said: “Our students are already hard at work getting creative and we would love our guests and VIPs to also get involved. You don’t need to be a skilled artist or sculptor, everyone is simply free to create something that will become part of the College for many years to come.”

As part of their project called ‘Surfaces’ art and design students have been getting ready for the launch event by creating colourful tiles that incorporate different techniques and materials such as string, clay tools and bubble-wrap to create indents into the clay with different textures and feels.
Catering students from Northampton College will be given the chance to cook at one of the biggest hospitality venues in the country as part of a new partnership with Silverstone Circuits.

northampton college students help in the kitchenA cohort of 14 students will carry out a work experience programme at the home of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix, giving them the opportunity to experience life in the fast lane with thousands of diners enjoying corporate hospitality at the venue throughout the year.

The new partnership, which could eventually see students cooking at the British Grand Prix itself, has been pioneered by Silverstone head chef Dean Hoddle, a former Northampton College student whose son, Adam, is currently studying at Booth Lane.
Two aspiring engineers from Northampton College have picked up top awards for their work during an apprenticeship with Ilmor Engineering.

james flanniganJames Trethewy and James Flannigan landed the awards for their hard work and dedication shown throughout the apprenticeship programme with Brixworth-based Ilmor which designs, manufactures, builds and tests motor racing engines.

At the college’s annual awards ceremony, James Trethewy picked up the award for most determind student, sponsored by John Lewis, while James Flannigan was named Apprentice of the Year in Ilmor’s own internal awards.

Tony Thain, quality manager at Ilmor Engineering, said: “James Flannigan has been a breath of fresh air within the quality department and has become a valuable member of the team showing great enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.

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