"I always wanted to work in music, so the careers adviser in at school recommended the music courses at Northampton College. I started with the Level 3 Music Technology course which was phenomenal. The teachers were brilliant and explained things in class so well, it really gave me the confidence to get out there and do my own thing. I’m on the autistic spectrum so had a mentor which took a lot of the burden off me, and really helped.
I feel as though I’ve accomplished a lot and I have progressed on to an HNC in Music Production. I’ve made good friends and everyone on the course has common interests in music. It’s a great environment to be in. You learn from fellow students and benefit from the industry experience of the teachers. They have been there and done it themselves which is excellent. The facilities, such as the studios and The Underground performing space, are absolutely amazing. I’d highly recommend the course."
"I didn’t want to stay on at school, I wanted to do something practical. Doing this Apprenticeship has been so informative, I’ve learnt a lot of skills which will last me throughout my career. I’m using ICT skills on a daily basis and taking on a lot of responsibility – it’s a lot more serious than school, I’ve had to do a lot of growing up.
"Working alongside people older than me has been great, I’ve learnt a lot from them and they’ve really helped me out. Some of my friends have really been inspired by what I’m doing and have started their own Apprenticeships. It’s definitely prepared me for a career in business."
“My apprenticeship has proven to be an excellent way of getting my foot in the door and working my way up into a full-time job. It’s given me the skills I need to get on in the workplace and given me a better understanding of what goes on in the real world.
“I didn’t want to stay on in sixth form, I wanted to be a bit more hands-on. I applied via the Government Apprenticeship website and came to the drop-in event at the College, where I found the vacancy in the Business Centre right here at Booth Lane. It’s been brilliant, I’ve really enjoyed the extra responsibility put on you in a more mature environment, I’d recommend it to anyone.”
"After leaving school I began a fashion course but soon realised it was not for me so I drifted in and out of retail jobs. Eventually I decided that I wanted to focus and do something with my life so I started a Level 2 Business Admin course.
"I then got a job at Briggs & Forrester which gave me the chance to progress into Level 3 I had to ask myself if I really wanted to study again – but I’m so glad I did! The course at Northampton College was excellent and has helped me so much in my role as office administrator.
I definitely recommend apprenticeship courses to everyone in any line of work, there’s a lot to be said for learning alongside working. I’m now looking at increasing my knowledge of Excel, I’m always keen to push myself and keep developing."
“Coming to college has been a great opportunity for me, particularly as I am a mature student coming back to education. I didn’t really know how to go about things but the course leader and tutors have been fantastic, helping me along step by step. The staff have been very friendly, welcoming and motivating and it’s a great college to be at.
“The Apprenticeship with Taylor Wimpey has been brilliant and I’m loving the chance to learn new skills. Getting into the world of work and having the chance to get on-site while I’m still getting the qualifications I need is amazing.”