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Northampton College is working with 50 of the county’s leading employers to create the perfect pathway for the workforce of the future.

The Industrial Placement programme, a forerunner to the College’s planned participation in the Government’s roll-out of T Levels, will see employers working to identify those students who are best-placed to fill skills gaps and step into their workplace.

A total of 173 placements are available through the College this year and employers will get the chance to meet students and ‘match’ them to their roles at a ‘speed-dating’ style event at Booth Lane on September 19/20.

Representatives from companies including Balfour Beatty, Travis Perkins, Igus, Holiday Inn and Recol Engineering will be on hand to speak to students and ensure the right candidates are matched to the right placements.

Ruth Exelby, assistant principal for employer engagement, said: “These programmes have been shaped by employers who have advised government that young people need more access to good quality, vocationally relevant work experience to understand the skills and behaviours that employers expect from their future workforce.

“There is an increased demand for vocational qualifications and the new T Levels will help meet that demand and complement the strategic focus of Northampton College as a vocational specialist meeting the needs of both employers and the wider community.

“These industrial placements will give students an unprecedented advantage to secure the skills they need for their future careers and ensure employers have a pool of talent to recruit from for their business.”

Under the new programme, students will spend a total of 50 days a year with their employer, compared to the previous guideline minimum of 30 hours.

Mrs Exelby added: “The placements will cover everything from business administration or catering to electrical engineering and construction, giving the students an invaluable insight into the demands of local employers and putting them one step ahead of their competition when it comes to looking for full time employment in years to come.”

The programme was piloted by Mercedes Petronas earlier this year, with Northampton College students filling a wide range of roles at the engineering giants base in Brixworth.

That experience has helped shape the make-up of the new programme, with systems in place to ensure both employers and students benefit from the initiative.

To find out more about the Industrial Placements programme at Northampton College visit

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Students resitting their GCSEs at Northampton College have recorded some of the best results in the region, with the college achieving more high-level grades than comparative providers.

Figures revealed an overall pass rate of 98 per cent across 1,898 exams, while the college recorded four per cent more higher level grades among students resitting their exams than equivalent schools and colleges across the region.

A total of 952 students out of the 973 who sat English Language secured a pass, while 893 out of 915 passed their maths GCSE.

a level results 2018Two years after being diagnosed with a form of dyslexia, Niall Auckland has helped Northampton College to a record-breaking set of A Level results – earning himself an A* in English Literature.

The 18-year-old struggled with panic attacks throughout his childhood, brought on in times of stress and tight deadlines. Thanks to the support of staff at Booth Lane his condition was diagnosed and he has managed it to achieve outstanding A Level grades of A* and two Bs.

He said: “I’m over the moon to have got an A*, I never thought it would be possible. I’m so grateful to everyone at Northampton College for helping me over the past two years. It’s been lifechanging for me.”

Niall has earned a place at university in Liverpool but has deferred it for a year having landed a job at Nationwide in Moulton Park.

Students within the A Level Academy at Northampton College achieved an overall A Level pass rate of 97 per cent. Almost half (45 per cent) of all grades were either A*, A or B – the college’s best ever performance.

Eight subjects - biology, chemistry, geography, art, media, history, psychology and maths - achieved 100 per cent pass rates.

The percentage of overall high grades (A*- C) was 72 per cent, a 31 per cent rise when compared to 2016, and continuing the trend which last year saw Northampton College hailed as the leading college in the East Midlands.

Principal of Northampton College, Pat Brennan-Barrett, said: “We are delighted to have seen another exceptional performance in A Levels. We saw a significant improvement in grades last year so to have followed that up with an equally outstanding set of results this time around is especially pleasing.

“We set high expectations of our students, making sure that they always attended their classes regularly and punctually and instilling a culture of hard work and determination. I am thrilled to see our students reap the rewards of months of dedication.

“We have increased the amount of support that was available for students to keep them on track and I am proud of our staff who have worked so hard to support their students throughout the year. Their success will provide students with a solid foundation for their continuing studies and future career progression.”

Among the students achieving standout grades was Holly Sambridge, who is heading to the University of Birmingham to study business management having secured grades of ABB in geography, history and English literature.

She said: It’s such a relief after two years of hard work to finally have the results in my hand. After all the doubts and all the nerves I now know I’m off to uni.”

Kayleigh Moore achieved three B grades at A Level and is now heading to the University of Nottingham. She said: “I’m very grateful to all the teachers who have been amazing during my time at Northampton College, they have been so helpful.”

Anna Britton is set for a degree course at Oxford Brookes having also secured three B grades. She added: “I’m over the moon. I got the grades I needed and I can’t recommend Northampton College enough, the support you get from the teachers here is incredible.”

Meanwhile, when Max Odell was five-years-old he harboured dreams of becoming an astronaut. Those ambitions are still alive and have moved one step closer to becoming a reality after the 18-year-old secured stellar grades at AS Level – paving the way for a potential University place in the future.

He said: “I’m really happy with how my first year at college has gone and I’m thriving on the independence it offers you. I’m looking forward to the future now with renewed confidence and I can’t wait to get going again and focus on the A Level programme next year.”

For anyone completing A Levels or BTECs who does not plan to go to university this year, the College has a number of higher education options including HNDs in a range of arts and STEM subjects.

For further information on the opportunities available at Northampton College, visit or call 0300 123 2344.

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Diane Mould, aged 65, first started learning to read when her husband retired. Diane has overcome her battle with dyslexia passing her entry level one English course and has now...



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