“I began my journey at Northampton College by studying Level 3 Health and Social Care and my course has had a life-changing impact on me.
“I was supported by my tutors and the futures team who assisted with my personal statement and supported me throughout my UCAS journey. I was able to reach my full potential at Northampton College and received plenty of advice from tutors to prepare me for my university interviews.
“I was able to attend interviews with confidence which resulted in conditional offers at the university of my choice. I was able to achieve the grade requirement as I was supported immensely by my tutors and that has allowed me to progress into my career as a mental health nurse working for the NHS.”
"Northampton College taught me the essentials which have stayed with me throughout my career. It gave me an understanding of the techniques and methods you need to be able to enjoy a career in catering, and also the confidence to try new things, discover new flavour combinations and put my own style on my dishes.
"I’ve had the opportunity to cook for the likes of Jay-Z and run the kitchen in an award-winning local restaurant and am now working for Earl Spencer at Althorp. In 2019 I was named ‘Chef of the Year’ in the Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards. None of this would have been possible without the support and guidance I had from the team at Northampton College in the early days.
"A career in catering is hard work. It’s long hours and a lot of blood, sweat and tears but it’s totally worth it. Coming to college instilled in me a strong work ethic and the drive and determination which has stayed with me ever since. It’s the perfect place for any young chef to start their story."
"I’m a practical learner and I was really impressed with the science facilities at Northampton College and found the idea of learning in a lab exciting. The hands-on learning was what I had been looking for.
"The tutors are so supportive and can’t do enough for you. I loved the variety of the lessons. It gave me confidence to know that I was learning things that could be used in a future work environment.
"After completing my course I went on to work in a food lab for just under a year before I began a degree in biology at the University of Northampton. I even came back as an assistant lecturer at Northampton College for a while and I now work as a Public Health lecturer at Northampton University as well as studying for a degree in microbiology research.
"Northampton College has helped to get me to where I am today. It prepared me so well for university study as well as for work in the industry."
"I left school after my GCSEs and always knew that Northampton College would be my first choice. I began a Foundation course and went on to join the Level 1 Vehicle Maintenance and Repair on the bodywork side of things in the workshop.
"I enjoyed the hands-on learning and found being at college more engaging than learning at school. The teachers have respect for you, there’s no talking down to people – you all get along.
"I’ve really enjoyed being able to put what we’ve learnt into practice and being trusted to carry out work on customer’s cars. This hands-on learning has been great and provides the skills and confidence you need to go on to work in the industry.
"I currently work for Halfords and would love to get an apprenticeship and eventually a full-time job in the industry."
"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."