In the space of four years Cameron Simmons has gone from a shy teenager on an Education, Health and Care Plan to securing a job at one of the nation’s leading logistics companies – and he puts his progress down to his time at Northampton College.
The 20-year-old, from Wellingborough, has recently gained full-time employment at Clipper, where he will work in the returns department for John Lewis.
It is a meteoric rise from his first days at college. Cameron spent two years in the Supported Learning department before completing both Level 1 and 2 in IT. He then went onto a Supported Internship and has now found himself in full-time employment having impressed bosses with his enthusiasm and work ethic.
He said: “I’m very grateful to Northampton College for giving me the opportunity to get to where I am today. It wouldn’t have been possible four years but I now have the skills and confidence I need to succeed in the working world.”
Cameron’s four-month internship was carried out through a partnership with Mencap, working in a warehouse at Clipper’s John Lewis department. The role involves independent thinking, time management and social skills – all valuable skills picked up by Cameron during his time at Northampton College.
Excelling on the Skills for Working Life course, Cameron continually asked for additional work, showed willing at home and mastered independent travel – also becoming a prominent figure in his local church group.
Curriculum Manager for Learning Support (SENCO) Helen Janska said “Cameron is a credit to his family and everyone in the Supported Learning department. His journey is truly inspirational and proves just how much students can progress in a college environment.
A teenager who hopes to one day emulate his grandad by building radars for the RAF has become the first student at Northampton College to complete the bronze, silver and gold levels of an award-winning course aimed at improving the digital capabilities of young people.
Jack Dolan, a level 1 Vehicle Mechanical Maintenance and Repair student at the college’s Daventry campus, has received a certificate of achievement for his progress in DigiCap, a scheme created to increase confidence in students’ digital skills.
Inspired by his Grandad, Jack has always had an interest in computers, building his first PC at the age of nine and drones when he was just 10-years-old.
After completing his foundation studies last year, he decided to study mechanics as he enjoyed working on his moped. Jack is also studying digital skills alongside his main course.
He is the first student at Northampton College to complete the bronze, silver and gold levels of the digital skills course and has set his goal to be the first student to complete the whole course.
Jack said: “I think it’s really fun and interesting. I enjoy working with computers and hope to progress to electrical engineering, and ultimately go on to build radars in the RAF like my grandad did.”
Kate Brown, Learning Facilitator Coordinator said: “Jack is amazing, he brightens my week. He was so chuffed when I told him he was the first person out of 450 to finish.”
The DigiCap scheme was introduced by staff working across Northampton College’s libraries with the aim of helping to improve and develop IT skills and confidence in using new technology across all levels, from very basic to advanced.
The scheme was named the winner of the Best Practice category at the 2019 Library and Learning Resource Centre Awards, organised by the Council for Learning Resources in Colleges (CoLRiC). The ceremony celebrates best practice in the Further Education and College sector.
Nearly 600 students are now enrolled on the digital skills course, which alongside core subjects such as English and maths aims to raise the bar for students’ capabilities in the digital world, equipping them for the workplace and giving them confidence to produce professional quality coursework for their main qualification.
The following students have all been recognised for their achievements in digital skills, with Assistant Principal Jenny Thorpe presenting certificates to students in celebration of their success.
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Northampton College student Frankie Varga has set up an Epilepsy Awareness Group and is raising funds to get the group up and running.
The group is supporting young people in Northamptonshire who are living with the condition, as well as their families or guardians.
Frankie will also be supporting and raising awareness by visiting primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities.
The group will initially run online support sessions, with plans to stage 'in-person' events once COVID-19 restrictions have eased.
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