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Rosa West, 19, from Bedford, left school with a dream to work in childcare.

“I have always wanted to work with children and was hoping to move straight into an Apprenticeship when I finished school,” she said. “I quickly realised I needed to bump up my childcare skills and experience though, so when I got an email from Northampton College about the Introduction to Health & Social Care and Children and Young People’s Settings course, I knew that would be the perfect stepping stone.

“The course has given me the basic understanding I need to now get onto an Apprenticeship. I now know about important safeguarding issues, the different milestones children go through, I have so much knowledge I just never had before. I have also gained lots more confidence, met new friends and have a much better-looking CV which will stand out to employers.

“I am really looking forward to starting an Apprenticeship soon and I know I would not be in the position were it not for the ESF funded course”.
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Alexandra, 20, from Duston had previously started courses in catering and public services before she decided she definitely wanted to focus on childcare.

She said: “I loved the thought of working with children but I didn’t really know much about childcare so I started on a foundation course at Northampton College then progressed on to the ESF funded Introduction to Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Settings course.

“I knew that would enable me to then progress onto a Level 2 Apprenticeship programme which is what I always wanted. The course has been great and really given me an understanding of childcare, safeguarding, health and safety requirements and lots more. It was a real eye-opener to what working with children really entails. I met lots of new people and loved every bit about the course.

“Things have got really exciting since I finished the course and I have just started my Level 2 Apprenticeship in Children and Young People’s Workforce. I am also in the process of applying for a nursery assistant job at a local nursery in Northampton and after that I want to move onto the Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship.

“My long-term plans are to get a full-time job as a support worker and I know I have the best grounding to achieve that.”
orange juice logo v2 4Having established themselves as one of the brightest new businesses in Northamptonshire, Orange Juice teamed up with Northampton College to offer work experience placements to ambitious business and marketing students.

A growing business, Orange Juice was keen to build a pipeline of potential new recruits as it begins to look at creating its future workforce. By teaming up with Northampton College, students were given the chance to see at first hand how the skills they picked up in the classroom would be put into practice in the workplace, getting ‘real-world’ experience of a potential future career.

Students have been able to try their hand at writing press releases, scheduling social media content, compiling email newsletters and producing website copy, as well as gaining an invaluable insight into the workings of a small but successful local business.

Director Daniel Owens said: “As a company we are growing and we know that we need to ensure there’s a go-to place to recruit future staff. Getting the right people is essential to growing a successful team and we want to build strong, long-lasting relationship with potential recruits.

“Establishing a partnership with Northampton College makes total sense as the students get a chance to experience the world of work and we benefit from ambitious local people who know the area and have an appetite for success, just like us.

“We make a point of getting the students involved straight away, they work with us and learn how to do things for themselves in the future. Hopefully we can unearth a few gems who can help the company grow even further in years to come.”
joe watkinI first came across Orange Juice Communications during a meeting with Dan, the director of the company, about successfully winning a place in the final of the Subway Challenge. He gave me his card and I contacted him with the view of work experience at his company.

I have always had a keen interesting in marketing and advertising therefore I figured Orange Juice would be a very good company for me to secure some work experience at.

I hoped that the experience would allow me to broaden my knowledge and experience of PR, social media and marketing and it did just that. I have gained a lot more knowledge on these topics and have also had some insight into running your own small business in this field.

A work experience placement will often help you decide whether or not that job is the right job for you, after all some people walk away with the observation that it isn’t for them, I now know that this is the career path I want to take.

I am hoping to go to university next year and feel this experience has allowed me to be more prepared for what will come and also more prepared me for a future job I may land in marketing.

cosworth“We need to look to the future. Apprentices are the future.”

For Duncan Stamp of Northampton-based Cosworth, the future of the company is clear, with apprentices holding the key to the ground-breaking technological advances so crucial to automotive success.

The machinist, who doubles as an apprentice trainer, said: “We want to expand and we've been through quite a tough period through the recession. We know now that we've got a future and we want the apprentices to be that future.

“We have a large gap in our workforce and we need to fill that gap, we need people to take the company forward into the future. We thought apprenticeships were the correct way of doing it, we want to train our own staff.

“Apprenticeships weren’t pushed for a very long time, everybody was told university, university, university which is a viable option but we now know that people need to go out and get apprenticeships and there's a different way of going into a career.”

Duncan has been training apprentices for the last 15 years and has been impressed by the standard of people that he gets through the college.

He said: “I got an email this morning from one of our apprentices who’s working with McLaren on their new car and McLaren have actually emailed to say how impressed they are with him and what he's doing.

“We’ve got apprentices in a number of different departments, engine build, quality, machining and production engineering and they work with the people in those departments who are passing on their skills. We should hopefully have a seamless roll all the way through into the future.

“I would recommend running an apprenticeship through Northampton College. My advice to other employers would be to just take on an apprentice, you’ll be surprised at how helpful and constructive they will be.”

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