"I wanted to study Civil Engineering and was offered a conditional place, but I hadn’t achieved the required grade in my maths GCSE so I was offered the Construction Multi-skills course and I loved it from day one.
I was concerned about getting a place at college because of my GCSE maths grade. Thankfully, the lady I spoke on results day reassured me and suggested the course. I readily accepted because I knew I wanted to be at the College and I knew that if I worked hard, I would be able to do the Civil Engineering course in the future if I wished.
"I went to an extremely small school with only four pupils in my year group. The new environment at college seemed daunting at first but everyone made me feel at ease and the large size of college didn’t bother me at all and being treated like an adult gave me confidence.
"I’ve enjoyed every aspect of the course so far and I’m looking forward to returning in September to continue learning more trades. I have definitely learned a lot, including how things work in the real world. Meeting new people has given me confidence and I am a lot more independent."
"I came to college once it dawned on me that studying for my A Levels in physics, history and product design at school just wasn’t for me. I found there was too much written work and it felt like ‘School 2.0’ – that wasn’t my future, I wanted something different.
Engineering was a good option and the college was the perfect location. I came along to an open event on the Saturday and started on the Monday, it was that quick, there was no mucking about. There has always been a snobbish attitude that college kids are the dumb ones but that’s simply not true. The opportunities here at college are so much better than the sixth form. You have the chance to work in purpose-built facilities with the very latest equipment and learn from teachers who have relevant, real-world experience."
"Having a career in food was always something that I wanted to do. My Level 3 Catering Course at Northampton College was amazing, it was an awesome experience. I enjoyed it so much and learnt so many skills I would do it all again without a doubt.
"To get my foot in the door, I worked at The Plough in Shutlanger as a pot washer and said I wanted to be a chef one day. That led me to doing my college course. The team were great and encouraged me to put everything I was learning into practice. I now work there full-time as a chef.
"During my third year at college I was named Chef of the Year and given the opportunity to work at Raymond Blanc’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons for a month. It was a great experience. Studying at Northampton College has opened up a lot of opportunities for me and I’m now working on launching my own cake company."
"I love hairdressing as I get to work in a really creative environment and I enjoy working with clients. I struggled at school but Northampton College has been really supportive and helped me to build my confidence back up and gain experience in the workplace. My assessors on the hairdressing course were brilliant and allowed me to build a rapport with clients and get over my anxiety. They really put me at ease and were so supportive.
Working in the salon at Rocco & Co throughout my Apprenticeship has been amazing and I’m now back at college to do my barbering, adding another string to my bow. It’s a good skill to have for the future.
I’ve loved my time at college learning from such a diverse group of not just staff but also other students as well. Being with such a wide mix of people opens your eyes to different ways of doing things and you take on board methods and techniques you might not have been aware of previously. It’s been a brilliant experience."
"Joining the Cadets at 14 ignited a desire in me to have a career in public services. I left school at 16 and researched the best way to achieve a career in the police force. I came across the Level 3 Public Services course at Northampton College and decided to enrol.. The physical side was great and I particularly enjoyed running, keep fit and the assault courses as well as the lessons themselves.
"Because I left school without A Levels I had to get enough UCAS points to be able to go on to study a BA Honours in Policing at The University of Northampton and thanks to the fantastic set up at Northampton College, I blew it out of the water.
"I’m now a Police Constable with Northamptonshire Police. I would advise anyone out there wanting to pursue a career in public services to go for it. You will achieve so much from the course, communication skills, team building and life skills which you can apply to any job. For me, the journey won’t stop here."