Enterprise and Innovation

Northumberland College – an enterprise college

Enterprise and innovation are very important to the UK economy – having a good concept for a business and making a success of it requires good entrepreneurial skills.

Small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) account for 99.9% of UK private sector businesses in the UK and employ over 14 million people.
All of our full-time courses include work placements so that students develop practical skills and experience.

Enterprise 10

Enterprise 10 is the college's programme to help students prepare for the world beyond college by getting real experience of work and enterprise. 

xpand your horizons by pitching to run a student-led business or retail outlet and access business support

Nurture your talent by linking with a mentor from a local company

Take the challenge to work in one of our many college working environments

Experience work placements with a local company

Reap the benefits of being involved in a social enterprise project run by the Enterprise 10 team

Pitch and enterprising idea to the college's Dragons Den team and gain support to develop your idea or project

Realise your potential and volunteer in one for the college's enterprises or with a community-based project

Involve yourself in a real business brief set by a local company, work alongside their employees and learn about the working environment

Sign up to become an Enterprise Ambassador for the college

Engage in an exciting Enterprise Challenge to manage and event or a community project

For more information and to find out how you can get involved with Enterprise 10 contact Michael Evans - michael.evans@northland.ac.uk   

Real working environments
We provide real working environments (RWEs) that are fun places with a real buzz, our industry standard RWEs enable students to develop practical real work skills working with customers in our:
  • Hair and beauty salons
  • Restaurant
  • Zoological gardens
  • Dog grooming parlour
  • Floristry team
  • Farm and gardens
  • MOT and Service Centre
  • Commercial Farms
  • Equestrian Shows and Events
  • Weddings 
  • Event Programme
  • Outdoor Activity Centre
  • Country Shop
We offer one of the widest ranges of Apprenticeships in the region with over 40 subjects to choose from. Apprenticeships enable students to learn on-the-job in paid employment while training for a nationally recognised and highly valued qualification.
Our courses
Our courses include modules that enable students to explore and develop their creative and communications skills. This is achieved through live briefs, competitions and exhibitions of work.
Social enterprise projects
We regularly organise projects within the community, some recent ventures include planting of Hirst roundabout and a garden scheme as part of Target North Hirst and charity fundraising.
Start-up enterprise projects
Dynamic projects that are currently underway will see:
  • Fashion students setting up a clothing upcycling enterprise and buying an embroidery machine to start producing bespoke T-shirts
  • Berwick joinery students making cajon's, a percussion instrument, for a local business
  • The creation of an arts and gifts retail outlet at our Ashington campus
Enterprise partnerships
  • NBSL
  • Prince's Trust
  • Business Northumberland
  • Business Enterprise Hub
  • Coming soon - our business incubation units will offer workspace and business start-up advice
Student Destinations and Employment Outcomes
We have a strong record of students gaining employment following successful completion of their studies. Within employability courses our proven track record of success stands at 75% of those who complete our employability training entering employment with local businesses, of which over 80% have sustained their employment.
Business Support
We support over 700 businesses across the North East with training solutions from Pre-Employment Training to Apprenticeships and Higher Education.
Through the Northumberland College Employment and Skills Forum (NCESF) we have developed a network of businesses operating in a wide range of regional priority sectors to share best practice.