ollie jashanica at higgins case studyPersistence paid off for Level 2 carpentry and joinery student Ollie Jashanica who landed himself a paid job after impressing on work experience.

The first year student completed a successful placement with Higgins and, keen to show his enthusiasm for the role, he wrote to the company asking to be considered for any future opportunities. Shortly after, he received a phone call from the director offering him a job!

Ollie said: “I was over the moon. I really enjoyed my time at Higgins and now I’m going to be working there full time in the holidays and part time during term time. It’s a great opportunity to earn some money and put what I’m learning at college into practice in the workplace. I’m really enjoying my course and I’d like to progress onto an apprenticeship.”

emma warren

 Emma had to overcome many challenges during her time at Northampton College, but her focus and   determination to pursue a career in special education helped her achieve outstanding results.

 Against all the odds Emma was awarded a triple Distinction at College and a first-class degree at  University. She now wants to use her experiences to help others.

 “I owe so much to Northampton College and believe they gave me the gift to achieve to the best of my ability. I was diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum at school and I feel I missed out on     much needed support. So, I left school to study A Levels at Northampton College and was overwhelmed by the amount of additional support available to students like myself.

 “When A Levels didn’t work out for me due to my health problems the College helped me transition onto the Health & Social Care Extended Diploma. That was the best decision ever as the course was   really industry-focused and gave me a massive head start in my degree as I knew all the basics.”

 Emma enjoyed all aspects of the course; learning about the different pieces of legislation in relation to health and social care was something she found most useful, but it wasn’t easy with growing   health issues, migraines, fatigue and loss of mobility. Emma started using a walking stick during her time at college and now uses a wheelchair.

 “My tutors were amazing. I was allowed to complete my college work at home to reduce any fatigue, I was able to have breaks if I needed them and the additional support team helped throughout.”

 Emma is about to start a part-time Masters Degree in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion (Autism Pathway) at The University of Northampton.

 “I want to work with people with high functioning autism so that I can prevent other students from going through the same experiences I had and help them get the support they deserve as early as     possible,” said Emma. “I am proof that with the right support you really can achieve great things. I can’t thank Northampton College enough.”

alexandra smith
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 because I've started looking for an Apprenticeship. I'm 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.”
rosa west
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”.
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.

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