mark keddie case studyFormer Northampton College student, Mark Keddie works as a skilled CNC Machinist at leading precision engineers Turnell & Odell in Wellingborough having previously completed a Higher Level Apprenticeship. Mark said: 'I achieved my qualifications at the same time as learning very practical machining skills on the job. I have had the chance to operate a variety of different lathes, mills and grinders we well as measuring equipment.

'By working through every shop floor task at Turnell and Odell, I feel confident that my career can now progress in many different directions because I have the broad-based knowledge to back up my choices.'
holly butler playwork pic resizedThe chance to work with children and develop her skills without having to go to University was a major draw for Northampton College student Holly Butler, who is now enjoying an Apprenticeship at a local nursery. The 20-year-old Level 3 Playwork student works at Great Kids in Abington Park Church Rooms and said: "Coming to Northampton College has been brilliant for me. I have learned lots about legislation and the paperwork side of things and it's given me the chance to work with kids, which is something I've always wanted to do. University just didn't seem right for me, but college – which is much more flexible - has been fantastic."
lauren appleton business case study resizedThe chance to study law at university seemed a distant dream for Lauren Appleton when her GCSEs didn’t go to plan, but having undertaken a business course at Northampton College that dream is now becoming a reality.

The 20-year-old from Earls Barton is set to embark on a new chapter in her life at De Montfort University and said the turnaround in her fortunes was down to the one-to-one support she received at college.

She said: “I was able to really concentrate on my work and got much more attention from my teachers which made a big difference. I really enjoyed the legal elements of my business course and I can’t wait to study law.”

Lauren started on the Level 1 Functional Skills course and has progressed on to the Level 3 Extended Diploma, achieving the highest possible grades and earning valuable work experience with major corporate firms such as Barclays.
mitchell bilbe2 electrical installation resizedHaving worked on jobs with his dad for many years, Mitchell Bilbe is looking to follow in the family footsteps by learning a new trade at Northampton College.

The 18-year-old came to the College well-versed in aspects of carpentry, brickwork and carpet fitting and decided to add another string to his bow by enrolling on an electrical installation course. He is now hoping to secure an Apprenticeship and carve out a career of his own, potentially leading to having his own business in years to come.

He said: "I wanted to learn something new and broaden my skillset. It's been a really good experience and a lot of what I've learnt I can put into practice in other disciplines and use it to overcome problems on site. There's a great team ethic at the College and everyone helps each other. I'm looking forward to getting an Apprenticeship and following in my dad's footsteps."
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Lauren Porter fought a lifelong battle with dyslexia and didn’t know what an adjective was until she came to Northampton College. The 26-year-old is now a keen writer of poetry and has earned a place to study Ancient History at Edinburgh University.

Lauren’s inspirational journey has seen her tackle creative writing, English language, English literature and history as part of her Access to HE course in Humanities.

She said: “The teachers have been incredibly supportive and I’m amazed at the progress I’ve made, which has helped give me a real opportunity to get on in life. It has been hard work but it’s so rewarding. I remember crying at my computer screen as I found it so difficult and it would have been easy to walk out and give up but I got through it and earned a Distinction which was amazing.”


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