About Derby College


Mandie Stravino - derby college ceo

The Derby College Group is accountable for meeting the needs of its community, both business and civic. What follows is a brief overview of the Group, our vision for the future and our strategic ambitions.

The Group provides an excellent learning experience to all its learners, enabling them to progress successfully to the next stage of their lives, be that further or higher education, the world of work, career progression or establishing a business start-up.

Responsible for generating the future talent required by businesses, we ensure that the local workforce is equipped with the skills, education, attitudes and behaviours that employers require to compete in this challenging economic environment.

Our offer is driven by market intelligence, local priorities, economic requirements and through strategic discussions with key employers and stakeholders, including our Local Enterprise Partnership.

Every year we welcome thousands of learners on study programmes at all levels, from pre-16 provision for school learners to higher education courses, apprenticeships and work-place learning.

We have a positive impact on social justice, raising aspirations and playing a pivotal role of the life of our city, county and region.

Creating optimistic futures

Our vision and strategic ambitions for the exciting future of the Derby College Group have been shaped by external influences and developed through extensive consultation and conversations.

We have listened to all our stakeholders and used these views to form our three year corporate strategy.

We recognise that we cannot stand still and we need to do even more to help create optimistic futures for our learners, their families and our communities. We have adopted an innovative, entrepreneurial and outward-facing approach to our strategic planning.

It is no longer acceptable just to celebrate the certificate. We need to ensure that all our learners not only arrive at their intended destination but also that they are prepared for success.      

Ambitious for our community

We are determined to continue building on our strong track record.

Over the 2014-17 period, we will be investing around £200 million generated from government grants, employer contributions and learners to deliver an inspirational programme of education and skills training.

We have set the bar high for ourselves but, through collaboration and innovation, we will ensure what we do is relevant, fit for purpose and has maximum impact.

As we work to transform our vision into a reality, we invite individuals and organisations alike to take the journey with us, forging strong partnerships that will make us even more successful in achieving the ambitious targets we have set.

Derby College Making a Difference

Derby College is an approved partner of the University of Derby.

The University of Derby is a Top 50 UK university* and provides students with the best possible start in their careers through excellent teaching, delivered in cutting-edge facilities by staff who are experts in their field. 96% of University of Derby students are in work or further study within six months of completing their degree**.

*The Guardian University Guide 2017
** HESA 2016, graduating class over 2000

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