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Staff from businesses across Northamptonshire have ‘graduated’ from a series of professional courses run by Northampton College to help boost skills in the workplace.

The Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD) and Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) courses have been run at the college’s Lower Mounts campus.

A graduation ceremony was held to honour all those who completed courses in subjects including HR and management & leadership.

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Three Northampton College students have secured Supported Learning Internships with Northamptonshire Highways, giving them the chance to experience the world of work while continuing their studies.

Tom Mortimer, Waqar Khalid and Derrie Underwood have all been selected to take part in the internship programme and will have the opportunity to work alongside highways teams from KierWSP.

The interns will start in October and will work two days a week, with the rest of the week spent at college as part of an Entry Level 3 Award in Employability Skills.

High-achieving students helped record a two per cent rise in top grades at Northampton College – bucking the national trend of an overall dip in results.

jasmine bealOverall, the College achieved a 97 per cent pass rate, with over 2,000 students sitting exams in science, maths and English, with a number of students achieving the highest possible grade of 9 – the first time the new grading system has been used.


Pat Brennan-Barrett, Principal said: “We are delighted that our results in maths and English continue to improve in spite of changes to the grading system and the more challenging national environment. Passing these exams in particular is vital for future progression and our teachers have high expectations of all our students to achieve the highest possible grades.”

Among the standout students were:

Jasmine Beal, 25, passed her maths GCSE on the seventh attempt after achieving six D grades on previous attempts at school, college and even while she was at university. Having graduated in history from Oxford Brookes University, Jasmine knew she needed to pass her maths exam in order to enrol on a PGCE and become a history teacher. Jasmine overcame the odds after she was unexpectedly hospitalised in the middle of the exams. She managed to successfully achieve her grade 4 despite taking the new, tougher maths paper.

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