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.
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.”

coca cola european partners smallboxAn apprenticeship with Coca Cola is giving Northampton College students an invaluable insight into a potential career working for one of the biggest companies in the world.

The partnership has seen the global drinks giant’s largest independent bottler – Coca Cola European Partners - take on its first apprentice at its Brackmills base.

The company employs 25,000 staff who deliver a range of products including Fanta, Oasis and Schweppes to 300 million consumers across 13 countries.

Associate director of supply chain, Clare Bottle, said: “Across Great Britain we have 22 apprentices in our supply chain and in Northampton we had our first apprentice, Shemaiah Cosgrove, join us last September.

“With Shemaiah we are getting the opportunity to mould the skills and experience she has in such a way that she develops the abilities and knowledge that is important for our business.

“It’s helpful for us to be a big part of that person’s learning at an early stage of their life.”

The company has room for a staggering 63 million cans of Coke at its Northampton warehouse.

Apprentices are given the opportunity to learn a range of skills across the business, working in a host of different departments such as the stock team, the gatehouse and the quality team – where students can learn about the importance of record-keeping compliance.

Mrs Bottle said: “Working with apprenticeships is the way for our business to go and I’d recommend Northampton College to other local companies. They have a great track record of working with local employers.”

 

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.”

klaudia minor 1Polish student Klaudia was a former pupil of The Parker Academy in Daventry and joined the College on a Level 3 IT (Business) course at Daventry Campus after being disappointed with her English GCSE grade. Now in her second year of a degree in Marketing & Events Management at the University of Northampton, Klaudia credits her college experience with giving her the confidence to move up into higher education instead of starting work straight away. When she started at college, Klaudia’s intention was to find a job after completing her course but her tutors encouraged her to think about improving her grades and going to university first. Klaudia found the assignments on her college course interesting and engaging and she found herself working on real life case studies rather than theoretical examples. One of her projects focused on the use of technology by Barclays as part of her course.

Through hard work and encouragement from her tutors, and with help from Student Support with her UCAS personal statement, Klaudia improved her grades from merits to distinctions and secured enough points to gain a place at the University of Northampton. She spent the first year adjusting to the different learning style at university where she is expected to work much more independently and with less supervision than in college. In her first year, she worked on the impact of new technology in marketing and events management.

In addition to studying for her degree, Klaudia is getting valuable work experience in roles on reception in a leisure centre and as a part time sales consultant. Klaudia has been inspired by one of her tutors at the University of Northampton who previously worked in events for Avon and travelled in the United States and Europe organising product launches. Klaudia would like to work in the beauty retail sector when she graduates either for a brand like Avon or putting her organisational skills into action by managing her own beauty salon. Klaudia said, ‘I would definitely recommend going to college as a step into higher education and would encourage students to ask as many questions as they can about the options open to them. I am enjoying university and it was definitely better for me to keep studying before starting a career.’

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