Hilton Hotels and Marks & Spencer join the big names working with Northampton College students

Northampton College's Booth Lane site
Northampton College's Booth Lane site
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Hotels and home builders, retailers and lawyers are among more than 130 Northamptonshire businesses now working with Northampton College to provide hundreds of students with work experience over the next 12 months.

Businesses are this month continuing to sign up with the college to offer students on the job experience. Already pledging to take part are Marks & Spencer and Hilton Hotels, with students set to try their hand at everything from retail and customer care to catering, front of house and health club experience. At Barclaycard students will be able to work in everything from businesses and engineering to facilities and catering.

Northampton College's Booth Lane site. ENGNNL00120130225165513

Northampton College's Booth Lane site. ENGNNL00120130225165513

James Whybrow, assistant principal at Northampton College, said: "Our aim is to offer all our students work experience placements so we are delighted to be working with all kinds of businesses across the county. The benefits are all round. Students experience real life experience away from the classroom while companies play a vital part in shaping and developing the next generation of workers while also benefiting from an extra pair of hands to carry out their everyday tasks.

“We are now appealing for more companies to join this programme so that we can match students and businesses and arrange a programme of work experience placements that develop experienced students and benefit the local economy.”

It isn’t just the household business names that already have signed up to work with Northampton College. Others include contract management firm BEB Consultancy which will be offering legal executive experience to group of students. Electrical engineering students will be working with construction company Robert Woodhead Ltd and local fashion company Cecily Ltd is offering students social media and IT experience.

Lucy Flavin, academic coach and workplace co-ordinator at Northampton College, said: “We launched our '100 companies in 100 days' campaign earlier this year, with the aim of getting 100 local businesses to sign up to offer work experience to our students. We quickly exceeded this target but are determined not to stop here, so urge more companies to come through.”

Placements vary in length but tend to be either a day a week for a five week period or a one week full-time placement.

To find out more about offering placements to Northampton College students please get in touch with lucy.flavin@northamptoncollege.ac.uk or call 01604 734303.