Former Apprentice star praises work of students at Northampton College during Skills Fest

Skils fest Booth lane College Megan Gilbride with JAMES HILL NNL-160422-184648009
Skils fest Booth lane College Megan Gilbride with JAMES HILL NNL-160422-184648009
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Former Apprentice star James Hill said students at Northampton College have “extremely bright futures” after he held a masterclass on business during the inaugural Skills Fest.

The reality TV star, a former winner of Celebrity Big Brother, was a keynote speaker at the event, organised to give both current and prospective students a flavour of life and the courses on offer at Northampton College.

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Skils fest Booth lane College NNL-160422-191016009

He said: “If this event can inspire just one young person to learn new skills and better themselves then it will have been worth it. I’ve been so impressed with the students I have met, they all have extremely bright futures.”

YouTube sensation, lifestyle blogger and former Northampton College student, Megan Gilbride, added: “I have met a host of students full of energy and enthusiasm and coming back to Booth Lane has been a real privilege. It’s a fantastic College and a really impressive campus.”

Hundreds of students took part in 31 separate masterclasses during the event, covering everything from baking cupcakes and fashion styling to mixing music tracks and the engineering that goes into building a state-of-the-art train.

Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing performed at the Skills Fest after party, entertaining the crowds with an hour-long DJ set.

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Skils fest Booth lane College Megan Gilbride NNL-160422-184637009

He said: “It was brilliant to see so many young people come out for Skills Fest and I’d urge everyone to work hard and don’t let others stop you from following your dreams.

“Northampton College is a fantastic place to learn, I’ve been really impressed with the staff and students and wish everyone well for the future.”

Also performing at Skills Fest was X Factor girl group Alien Uncovered.

Band member and former Northampton College student, Natalie Kassanga, said: “Having studied Musical Theatre at Booth Lane I know Northampton College well and it was great to be back. The last 12 months have been a whirlwind and as a group we have learnt so much. We’re looking forward to getting in the studio and working on our first album.”

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Skils fest Booth lane College Megan Gilbride with JAMES HILL NNL-160422-184626009

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Skils fest Booth lane College students try cup cakes NNL-160422-184549009

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Skils fest Booth lane College students with ALIEN UNCOVERED NNL-160422-184614009

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Skils fest Booth lane College student try her hand a flombeying NNL-160422-184602009