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Each year, TruckEast continues to invest in its apprentices and build the workforce of the future. This year, they've taken it one step further with their recent donation to Northampton College - an R450 Topline Scania.

Committed to creating opportunities in the industry, the drive behind the donation is to open new doors for existing students and encourage more interest in HGV apprenticeships.

“Getting the younger generation interested in our industry today is a challenge across all business areas, so we believe opportunities like this are crucial to attracting new talent,” comments Regional Aftersales Director, Graham Broughton. “We are proud to present the college and students with a modern - day vehicle to advance their skills and see this donation as a n investment into not only the future of the college but of our own business as well . With the addition of this truck, Northampton College will continue to develop apprentices and therefore increase the number of qualified technicians with in the region,” he continues.

Donated to the Motor Vehicle and Logistics workshop, the Scania R - Cab will become part of the core equipment used within the IMI Level 2 and 3 motor vehicle maintenance and repair apprenticeship. The truck, given a new lease of life, will be used every week as a training vehicle in various formats including diagnostics and general routine maintenance. Currently enrolled on the course are 26 HGV apprentices across the three years, who will get hands - on experience on a fully functional truck, similar to those they will experience in their day - to - day work environments.

“Technology within the industry is accelerating at a rapid speed and it's important that the apprentices continue to get their hands on modern equipment with the up - to date systems they’ll experience back in their own workshops”, states Mr Broughton.

Principal of Northampton College, Pat Brennan-Barrett, said: “The College plays an important part in driving the economy and a vital role in engineering and logistics. To have an employer such as TruckEast to generously donate a truck, gives us the kudos in the further education sector to raise aspirations for all our students in enabling their careers. We are exceedingly grateful to all the staff at TruckEast and want to thank them for this donation to the Motor Vehicle and Logistics workshops."

TruckEast currently have six first year apprentice technicians enrolled at Northampton College, where the students attend once every six weeks for the theory element of their apprenticeship. As additional support to their development they are each assigned a mentor back at their respective workshops who act as a guide throughout the programme. The combination of both practical and theoretical training that the apprentices receive is a crucial part of their journey; one which allows them to make the most out of their potential – both professionally and personally.

With their own apprentices enrolled on the programme, TruckEast are going to continue to work closely with Northampton College by offering opportunities to young people in the region and building the future, together.

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A teenager with Asperger’s syndrome has won a top award having become the first Supported Learning student at Northampton College to progress directly onto a Level 3 course.

Liam Hargreaves-Playford was honoured at the college’s annual awards ceremony – which saw dozens of students celebrated for their academic achievements over the past 12 months.

The 19-year-old from Moulton was frustrated by previous experiences of education when he arrived at Booth Lane but has thrived in his new surroundings and is now studying sports development and coaching.

A stunning tile mural has been unveiled at Northampton College’s Daventry campus to mark the building’s first birthday.

daventry tile murial revealThe display was revealed as part of an Open Event held at the campus on Tuesday, November 21, designed to help prospective students find out more about college life and the courses available to them.

Principal Pat Brennan-Barrett said: “This mural is a true collaboration of creativity, made up of hundreds of individually designed tiles, and is a fitting way to celebrate the first birthday of our state-of-the-art new campus.

“It’s a brilliant piece of work – made by students, staff, local businesses and members of the community.

“We are hugely grateful to everyone who has played their part and contributed not only to the mural but have also made the last 12 months so special for all of us at Daventry.”

A commemorative mural is being launched and unveiled at Daventry Campus on Tuesday (21st November) – part of the college’s one-year birthday celebrations.

Former Northampton College student Kathryn Holmes returned to Booth Lane to give catering students an exclusive insight into what goes on during a food safety inspection.

kathryn holmesNow working as a trainee environmental health officer for Birmingham City Council during a ‘sandwich year’ as part of a degree at the University of Wolverhampton, Kathryn returned to her roots to talk to the current students about the importance of food hygiene and explaining the process of inspectors’ visits.

She said: “It was good to be back. It felt strange to be walking back up to the main entrance again after two years away but I really enjoyed it. The students were great and really got involved, asking lots of questions and taking a real interest.

“While I enjoyed learning kitchen skills during my college course I didn’t want to work in kitchens so I’ve taken a different route. I love my job now and I’m keen to explain to the students what they can expect to happen when inspectors visit their premises in the future.

“Chefs are always looking for shortcuts and ways of becoming more efficient but it’s vital they don’t compromise on safety, particularly when public health is at stake.”

Jack Hunt, from Northampton College’s Supported Learning team, has played a key role in helping England Deaf Rugby to a 3-0 series whitewash over the All Blacks.

jack hunt 1The 24-year-old, who has worked at Booth Lane for the last three years, played as a second row forward in the three-game international series, coming off the bench in the first two games and starting the final encounter on Sunday.

Jack said: “The series was a great experience with some very tough games. It was pretty intense, with three games in eight days, so to get three wins against a very strong New Zealand side was a really good effort.

“All of the games were very competitive and there was a strong rapport between both teams. There was a lot of respect from both camps and we all got on well. Seeing them perform the closing ‘haka’ was a real privilege.”

Jack has now won eight full England Deaf Rugby caps since teaming up with the squad at the age of 17.

The principal of Northampton College has called on the Government to review its funding allocation for further education and invest in the workforce of the future.

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A group of Level 3 students have been working with the team at the Royal & Derngate, helping with the make-up for Northampton Musical Theatre Company’s production of Wizard of Oz.

cancer lunchFamilies of children receiving treatment for cancer at Northampton General Hospital have got together to share their stories and support each other with helpful hints and tips at a special lunch held at Northampton College.

The event, organised by Northampton General Hospital and sponsored by the Leon Barwell Trust, saw more than a dozen families affected by cancer invited to a lunch at the college’s Booth Lane campus, along with entertainment from Mr Banana Brain.

Parents were given the chance to meet others going through the same experience, talk about what they are going through and discuss the ways they deal with the situation day-in, day-out whilst children and siblings could play and enjoy an afternoon of socialising, fun and entertainment.

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