BTEC Project 2021

After a long hard year for our year 2 BTEC learners, their project journey finally came to an end last week with the last of the presentations taking place.


Project Lightsaber

As part of their final year with us, our Year 2 HNC students are required to take on, plan, design and implement a work-based engineering project. Of course with the current pandemic continuing to cause issues, this year’s students had their work cut out for them. From being furloughed from work which meant they struggled to have access to work on their projects, to delays in their materials and components being delivered. On top of that, they had to deal with deadlines having to be constantly adjusted throughout the year.

Ben an apprentice from AB InBev had been working hard on his work-based project and was extremely disappointed when it became apparent that the delays and issues caused by the pandemic meant he would be unable to fully complete his project in time for presentations. Refusing to let this defeat him, Ben took it upon himself to use the little time he had left to surprise us with a second project!

Ben designed, 3D printed in brass, programmed and built this fantastic lightsaber. With multiple settings, a huge variety of ‘light shows’ ranging from traditional Star Wars to rainbows, all with sound effects to match! You can see just a few of these in the video below. What a way to finish off the presentations!

A huge well done to Ben for this additional project, we loved seeing it and loved seeing our students strive to carry on despite the many hurdles faced this year. Also, a huge well done to all our HNC year 2 students who have displayed tenacity throughout a very difficult project year. You should all be proud!



Here at NDGTA we take the safety and wellbeing of all our staff and students seriously. As we begin to gradually welcome back our students and prepare for our new students’ arrival in September, we just wanted to assure you all that we have been hard at work to ensure we make it the safest possible environment.

• Daily temperature checks take place at both entrances.

• We have registered with Track&Trace and QR codes to check-in are posted around the building.

• The college is disinfected & sanitised by Rapid-10. It is sprayed daily.

• Sanitiser is available at both entrances and should be used upon arrival, as well as being available in every classroom and the canteen.

• We have introduced a one-way system around the building to avoid crossing paths.

• Classrooms – Tables have been removed and arranged to allow for social distancing measures of 2m. Classes will be cut down into smaller groups to help with this.

• Computer rooms – Both upstairs and downstairs; not all computers are available for use to adhere to social distancing measures. A limit of those allowed in the room is in place. Wipes have also been provided for after use.

• Canteen – Tables have been removed and arranged to allow for social distancing measures. Sanitiser and wipes have been put in place and must be used after using the kettle, toaster, fridge, vending machine etc. Breaks will also be staggered.

• All staff have been provided with PPE. Masks, visors, gloves and sanitisers have been made available.