"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 moved to the UK from Swaziland in Africa in 2017 and heard about Northampton College from family friends. I began a Foundation course studying maths, English and vocational studies which allowed me to move on to study sport.
"I was a bit nervous starting college as it was very different from what I was used to. I had to learn how to approach people and make friends but I was given so much support from the college staff.
"The college has so many facilities such as the library which caters for all the books you need for your course so you don’t have buy any.
"In 2019 I was given a student award for personal achievement and excellence. I hope to continue my learning journey either with an apprenticeship or continuing at university. I’ve enjoyed my time at Northampton College, which will definitely help me on my journey to become a sports physiotherapist"
"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."
"Attending Northampton College was my first taste of education in the UK. I moved here from Ghana and had always enjoyed working on cars so I thought about a course I could study that could provide work wherever I go.
"It was a daunting time for me, I struggled when I first arrived with the demands of living in another country and fitting in when I didn’t know anyone. The pastoral team at Northampton College helped me to settle in. I worked my way up and successfully completed Level 1 and 2 before moving on to Level 3.
"The support I have received from all the teachers has been amazing. They really want you to succeed and take the time to make sure you are learning and progressing. The College facilities are amazing and I’ve learnt to use all of the equipment that you have to use in the industry. I’ve enjoyed using the diagnostic equipment and hope to go on to gain an apprenticeship or get a full-time job."
"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."