Family Open Day

Northumberland College's family open day and careers event

Northumberland College's family open day and careers event  
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Northumberland College is opening its doors to the community by hosting a family open day and careers event. The free event takes place 10am to 3pm on Saturday 23 April at the Ashington Campus, on College Road.

There will be something for everyone including face painting and children's activities, a range of stalls, sporting activities and competitions, workshops, nail art and hair styling, DJ sets as well as handling sessions with animals from the college's Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens.


Marcus Clinton, Principal of Northumberland College said: "We are looking forward to our community open day, there will be plenty for all the family to see and do.


"This is the third annual family open day at our main campus and we hope to engage with the local community and provide a fun day out with an exciting atmosphere. We hope to see lots of faces on campus that day."


Have-a-go workshops include 3D printing, Media Make-up, a range of construction activities including Trowel Skills, Joinery, Block Paving and many more across Northumberland College's different academic Academies.


In addition to the attractions, visitors are invited to talk to tutors and student advisors about the courses, financial and learning support that is available. Those aged 24 or over are eligible for loans and from September 2016 the Advanced Learner Loan, a government initiative, will be extended to learners aged 19 or over who wish to study a course at Level 3 or higher. Loans are intended to help students cover the cost of tuition fees, and there are no repayments until earnings are over £21,000 per year.


Visitors to the event can find out about courses available to start now - these range from part-time and professional courses so will suit those looking to develop a new hobby or develop new skills. Courses include accounting, catering, construction, early years, health care and hair and beauty.


The College is also taking applications for September 2016 for its School Leaver and Higher Education courses, which include Access to HE Diplomas - ideal for those that need qualifications to meet the entry criteria for university level study. The College also offers PGCEs for those seeking a teaching career as well as a range of Foundation Degrees in conjunction with university partners that include Newcastle University.


Higher Education courses include HND in Theatrical, Media and Special Effects Make-up, Foundation Degrees in Arboriculture, Animal Management, Equestrian Performance and Coaching and others. The College has received record applications for its HE courses over the last two years and exceeded its enrolment target for the last academic year so advises early application for courses starting in September.


The College received a Good rating in its latest Ofsted inspection, ranking it as one of the top providers in the county and latest figures from the college reveal 91% of students progress to either employment or further study after successfully completing courses.


Students at the College benefit from industry standard equipment, following investment of over £10million. New additions include a brand-new restaurant, hair and beauty salon and engineering and construction workshops at Ashington and an agriculture workshop and learning block at Kirkley Hall.


A separate careers events will be taking place at the Kirkley Hall Campus, located near Ponteland, 10am to 3pm on the same day, Saturday 26 April, for people interested in working with animals or within agriculture.


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