Employment and Skills Academies


Our Employment and Skills Academies are designed to ensure all Derby College Students 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.

Students 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 students 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 students 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 students 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 students 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 students and show off their skills. Conducting visits reduces the demand on your time.

Projects -

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

Work experience -

An opportunity to shape your future workforce and prepare young people for the next phase of their lives.

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 students future.


The Advisory Boards currently include representatives from:


First Response Finance Limited, Rolls-Royce, Wheels 2 Work, Geldards, , Derby Telegraph, Derby City Council, Huub, Ward Recycling, Century Mobile and Champions.


Derby Homes, J Tomlinson, Bell Group, Atlas, Soar Build, North Midlands Construction, CITB, Buildbase and Redrow Homes.

Creative Arts

Déda, Derby Theatre, QUAD, Derby Museums, Furthest from the Sea, Steps for the Future, The Baby People and Melbourne Festival.

Digital and Science

Rolls Royce, Code Club World, Resonate Group, RDS Global, Connect Derby, BT, Derbyshire Highways, PTS Consulting and Lubrizol.


Assystem UK, Pentaxia, SNC Lavalin, Lindhurst, Sasie, Rolls Royce, DB Schenker, Tidyco, Mirage Machines, North Midlands Construction and Pektron.

Early Years

Little Explorers, Talking Point, Gayton Junior School, Field Lane Playgroup, NCT Derby, Tiny Tots, Children First Derby and AN-Noor Nursery.

Food and Drink Manufacturing

Ferrero, Owen Taylor and the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink

Hair and Beauty

Sally Montague, Hair Angels, Chrissie Gregory, Total Care and City and Guilds.

Health, Social and Dental Care

Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Derby City Council, Leonard Cheshire Disability Community Support, The Enabled Centre, Headway, First Steps, Alzheimers Society and Sexual Health.


Food Profits, Seven Restaurant, Gather & Gather, Pride Park Stadium, Morley Hayes, The Cathedral Quarter Hotel, Derbyshire County Cricket Club and Bespoke Inns.


Derby Museums, Derbyshire Archeology Society and more to come


Castlefield Kennels, Shortwood Farm, Moo Haven, RSPCA and Cats Protection

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.

Motor Vehicle

The AA, Black Stallion, Autosparks, Autotune Diagnostics, Smalley Service Station, Volvo, CJT Motors and Mertrux.

Professional Construction

Morrison Design, Sisk, Morecrofts, Jackson Purdue, YMD Boon, Planning Design, Arc Mechanical, Armsons, Faithful & Gould, Seven Trent, FP McCann and Uniper

Public Services

Derbyshire Constabulary, Wilson James, Run for All, Derbyshire County Cricket, Derby County Community Trust, The Royal Navy and Army.


ISS Labour, Resonate, Rail Forum East Midlands, Comech, ESG Rail, SNC Lavalin, Collins Engineering, Angel Trains, Porterbrook, East Midlands Trains, Atkins, ElteKL, Alstom, Arriva Trains, Costain Galliford, Elvershot, By Design Group and Network Rail


Sports Leaders UK, Pure Gym, Derby County Community Trust, Derbyshire Cricket Club, Derby Arena, Derby City Council, Sporting Futures, Soccerstars, Erewash SSP, Places for People and Inspire Fitness Academy.

Travel and Tourism

The Finesse Collection, Bespoke Inns, Derby Museums, Holiday Inn, Thorntons, Capita Travel and Events, East Midlands Airport, The Hallmark Hotel and The Arkwright Society.

Contact our Work Experience Team via the information below:

Email: our Work Experience Team

Telephone: (01332) 851743

Privacy Notice

Our Privacy Notice describes what Derby College Group does with the personal information it is provided with. You may be asked to give the College personal information to become a student, client or to use college systems and services.

Privacy Notice (PDF)

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
Roundhouse thinking

For more information contact:



Go to top