Employment and Skills Academies


Our Employment and Skills Academies are designed to ensure all Derby College Learners are prepared to make a smooth transition from education to employment and meet the needs of employers.

As a local, regional or national employer you could become part of this and help shape your future workforce and search for young talented individuals.

Learners will follow a journey of learning at Derby College and take part in an extra programme of employer engagement activities. This unique combination of learning and employer engagement ensures that our learners gain the skills, attitudes and knowledge employers need from young people in the work place.

The Employment and Skills Academies activities broaden the opportunities for our learners and employers. They help our young people synthesise knowledge into practice whilst they are achieving their qualifications at College, this therefore helps them attain higher grades. They prepare young people for the world of work and ensure our employers help design and shape our learners learning experience, so that they leave the College with the right skills and attitudes for their chosen career.

The Employment and Skills Academies are made up of:

Advisory Board –

Giving you the chance to influence education decisions and strategy. Take part in networking opportunities with like-minded business leaders. Raise your organisations social responsibility in the community. Develops individual teamwork and leadership skills. Offers an alternative method of recruitment which will reduce cost and enhance your talent pool.

Mentoring –

A mentor will develop their coaching and mentoring skills that contribute to being a better leader. Helps develop potential future employees.

Specialist speakers -

Talks can help learners understand what your business does and raise the awareness of the industry. Individuals can develop their presentation skills and how to interact with young people.

Specialist industry visits -

Helps raise awareness within your organisation of its corporate social responsibility, it also gives the workforce the opportunity to talk to learners and show off their skills. Conducting visits reduces the demand on your time.

Projects -

Learners can help with research projects that will help move your business forward. Individuals can develop their leadership skills whilst facilitating a group of learners.

Internships and work experience -

Opportunity to look at potential future employees, an extra pair of hands to help out.

Strategic Employment and Skills Academies Board -

Have the chance to influence our Executive leadership to ensure employability is a core strand across the College at all levels of learning.

Enterprise Academy -

Sit on our Employer Advice Board, to give critical business advice and feedback to our budding business leaders and to shape a young learners future.

The Advisory Boards currently include representatives from:


FRFL, Rolls-Royce, Wheels 2 Work, MCF Loans, Geldards, PKF Cooper Parry, Syntax Consultancy, YHA, Chameleon School of Construction, Zycomm Electronics Ltd, iBox Security, Derby Telegraph, Node4, RBS/PTS and Lloyds Bank (Long Eaton Branch).


Hodgkinson Builders, Derby Homes, J Tomlinson, Bell Group and Woodhead Construction.

Creative Arts

Matchstick Design, The Fashion Parade, Déda, Derby Theatre, QUAD, Derby Museums, Derby Telegraph, Furthest from the Sea, Essential Print Services, Stepladder Drama, Matthew Jones Photography, Steps for the Future, Wash Arts, Gavin Darby, Louise West, Andy Leigh, The Baby People and Amy Bradley Illustration.


Assystem UK, Pentaxia, Interfleet, ESG, Nestlé, epm:technology, Guilford Europe Ltd, DB Schenker, Rolls-Royce, Bombardier, Garrandale, AESSEAL, Network Rail and dg8 design and engineering.

Hair and Beauty

Crich Hair and Beauty, Sally Montague, The Salon, Francesco Group, Natasha Fox, Dermalogica, Chrissie Gregory, Safer Sun and Neo Elegance.

Health, Social and Dental Care

Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Medilink, Aim Awards, Claire Gregory (Carer), Derbyshire Health United, Derby City Council, Prime Care at Home, Leonard Cheshire, Esland Group, Blue Mountain Homes, NHS Derbyshire Workforce Team, Complete Nursing Services, Your Health, Central Dental, The Enabled Centre, Old Chell Dental Practice, Nemas NHS, Skills for Care, Morning Rise, Darren Bywater Dental Care, High Grange School, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust and Andrin House Nursing Home.


The Hallmark Hotel, Owen Taylor, Food Profits, Seven Restaurant, Gather & Gather, iPro, Darleys, Morley Hayes, Avery Healthcare, Exeter Arms/Silk Mill, White Swan, Breadsall Priory, Holiday Inn, The Blue Note, Michael Wisher, MANE and Four Seasons.


Bennett Equine Rehabilitation, the National Trust, the Forestry Commission, Westoak Hanoverian Stud, Longcroft Kennels, Chesterfield Community Care Farm, Parkfarm Dog Training, Home Farm Equestrian, Betty’s Farm, Moo-Haven, Barleyfields Equestrian Centre and Poochie Play Centre.

Public Services

Royal Air Force Careers, Security and Stewards Ltd, ACC Derby Army Recruitment, Derbyshire Constabulary, The Events People, Tom Brinkley and Newthorn Event Staffing Solutions.

Professional Construction

MoreCrofts, John Sisk and Son Ltd, Pickeverad, Morrison Design, G F Tomlinson, Jackson Purdue, YMD Boon, Planning Design, Arc Mechanical, Armsons, Faithful & Gould.


Sports Leaders UK, Cerebral Palsy Sport, Sporting Futures, Performance Golf Academy, Pure Gym, Virgin Active, Derby County Community Trust, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Burton Albion Community Trust, Derby Trailblazers and Splashfit.

Contact our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team via the information below:

Email: our Employment and Liasion Officer

Telephone: (0300) 123 7890

Are you looking for affordable and motivated Hospitality staff?

We can provide you with hospitality staff to cover casual shifts, flexible hours from our enthusiastic and employable student cohort. We already work with a number of large hospitality and event organisations in Derby to supply them with staff in the following areas:

  • Bar Staff – must be age 18+
  • Drink Service – Bar to table service
  • Glass collectors – Tables and pre drinks bar
  • Food service - Waiting on Tables
  • Event set up – preparing venue for service
  • Kitchen work – preparing food
  • Porters – in kitchen
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Roundhouse Events

Whatever kind of event you're planning, from a business conference to a product launch, from a TV show to a formal dinner or wedding breakfast, The Roundhouse in Derby is the perfect venue.

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