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Vocational students awarded for achievements

Posted: 13/12/10 by Northampton College

Students whose qualifications have pushed them up the career ladder were among those awarded for their achievements at the College’s Annual Awards Ceremony.

Students from a range of work based and vocational programmes were presented with a certificate of achievement at the ceremony at the Guildhall, Northampton on Friday 26 November. They had all followed courses to enable them to progress in their jobs, gain additional skills for use in the workplace or change careers. Businesses from across the county attended to see their employees gain a certificate in recognition of their outstanding achievements.

Principal Len Closs said: “More and more of our learners are taking courses to help them develop in the workplace and professionally in their careers. Local colleges play an important role in supplying training to raise skill levels in the local economy. Some of the stories we heard at the ceremony highlight how far professional development and training can benefit individuals and their employers. The College is proud of the achievements of its learners and of the contribution they make in their work across the region.”

26-year-old Alison Hannam from Towcester used the skills she learnt on the Advanced Certificate in Cutting, Colouring & Perming to set up her own business.

Her story…

Alison returned to hairdressing after a career break. Keen to update her skills, Alison enrolled onto the part time Advanced Certificate in Cutting, Colouring & Perming. She was a talented stylist and had a clear goal to open her own business. She worked hard on the course, often going the extra mile to ensure she maintained a high standard of work in all three subjects where she achieved Distinctions. She was always professional and was very popular with her clients as a result.

Alison has since opened Reflexions Hair Studio in Northampton town centre and is using all the skills she acquired to expand her clientele. She still has good links with the College and now works with a team of Northampton College apprentices.

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