Our Mission

Predict and serve the needs of our business and civic communities – preparing students for the next stage of their lives

We already improve the lives of many thousands of local people each year, providing support for younger students in partnership with local schools, young people, apprentices, adults and higher education students.

Across DCG we share a commitment to common goals, principles and purpose to have a positive impact on our students, our business and civic communities.

It is our job to ensure that individuals, communities, employers and business receive the education, training and crucial skills development the nation needs to succeed.


Our mission pathways, preparing students for the next phase of their lives

Our mission pathways outline the routes to success for our students that will lead to the realisation of individual goals. These pathways are the fundamental backbone of our purpose and continue to articulate how we will prepare individuals for the next phase of their lives.

All our pathways will facilitate the achievement of work and life skills and include respected academic and technical qualifications, enhanced English and maths skills, world of work encounters, work experience placements and industry placements for students on the new T Level programmes, professional and personal development skills, a digital skillset and positive behaviours and attitudes.

Line of sight to work, co-creating talent

Our partnerships with business are truly transformational, based on quality, innovation, trust and respect and DCG will continue to develop and grow a responsive offer to meet local priorities and skill needs co-create educational pathways with employers to generate the talent pipeline sorely needed in today’s rapidly changing economy.

This co-creation with business will continue to evolve through our Employment and Skills Boards (ESBs) to support apprenticeship, vocational and technical pathway development, including new T Levels.

Our Employment and Skills Academies (ESAs) and specific employer sponsored co-delivery on programmes will further enhance our students’ exposure to ‘world of work’ opportunities through a wide range of support including: work placements/experience, guest lectures, work place visits and employer commissioned projects.

To support positive destinations to employment, including business start-up for our aspiring entrepreneurs, we will offer holistic pathways that facilitate and nurture crucial employability, professional behaviours and attitudes and essential life skills, to truly create high calibre talent and enable individuals to realise their career ambitions.

Advanced study, widening participation

We will continue to develop and expand the range of progression opportunities to widen participation and raise aspirations for advancement to Higher Education. We will provide local opportunities for local people, through co-creation and collaboration with HEI partners and employers. We recognise that we need to play our part in removing barriers, particularly to support those that are in disadvantaged groups. Our aim is to inspire these students to widen their horizons and see that a pathway to higher education is not impossible.

Career planning for life, advancing workplace skills

We take a whole college, holistic approach to the design and delivery of Careers Education across our pathways to inspire ambition and enable students to be effective career managers. Our aim is to provide an innovative and collaborative careers service linked to curriculum learning, to ensure all young people are aware of and ready for the workplace and they can make informed decisions about the next step on their career pathway and throughout their working lives.

We will continue to expand our Career Learning Ladder offer to support business to meet its future workforce requirements and provide individuals with opportunities to up-skill or re-train or further develop existing skills to enable career progression and advancement.

Positive, well-rounded citizens

We will provide an excellent education and learning experience to all our students, irrespective of their backgrounds. Our students will be distinguished by their skills, abilities, employability and their ambition to contribute to society.


Annual Review 2019 cover page

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Derby College Group Strategic Ambitions

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DCG Employer Impact

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

The University of Derby has been awarded a Gold rating by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in the UK’s first ever Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). This puts the University in the top 20% of all providers in the UK for the quality of its teaching. 96.3% of University of Derby students are in work or further study within six months of completing their degree*.

The TEF has been introduced by the UK Government to encourage and raise the profile of teaching excellence in universities and colleges, and is intended to help students choose where to study by providing clear information about teaching provision and student outcomes

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