About Derby College

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 students, enabling them to progress successfully to the next stage of their lives, be that further or higher education, the world of work 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 students on study programmes at all levels, from pre-16 provision for school students to higher education courses, apprenticeships and work-based 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 students, 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 students not only arrive at their intended destination but also that they are prepared for success. TEST

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 students 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.

Employability Statement


Employability encompasses a variety of skills and qualities which we aim to develop with students here at Derby College. The Employers we work with tell us that they are looking for a number of characteristics in their employees and Derby College has incorporated this feedback into the design and delivery of Higher Education programmes to ensure that learners have the skills they need to make them work-ready. At present, we are working towards developing Employability Profiles across our different Curriculum areas. We envisage this will aid students in gaining a thorough insight into the skills required to secure employment in their desired sector.

Subject Specific Knowledge

Understanding of specific topics within the field of expertise and ability to apply this knowledge in different contexts. This will be crucial for roles requiring in-depth knowledge within particular sectors.

Higher Level Skills

The ability to analyse, synthesise and summarise information critically, thinking independently; carry out primary and secondary research and make recommendations based upon critical evaluation of the findings; develop a systematic approach to solving problems. These skills will develop through constructive feedback from peers and lecturers.

Interpersonal & Transferable Skills

Applicable across a range of occupations and levels and include team working, communication, presentation, negotiation and people management skills. All skills are transferrable and here at Derby College we aim to promote an awareness of this to allow students to strive in their job applications and interviews. These skills will also be vital in securing work experience and voluntary placements.

Technical Abilities

The ability to use computers and industry specific software and other equipment and machinery. As technology is becoming simulated with learning there are also in classroom quizzes and VLE which the student will have the benefit of utilising. The system we use here at the college is Moodle.

Personal Qualities

Interpersonal qualities such as the ability to work under pressure; the skills of self-motivation, organisation and time management and the qualities of accuracy, entrepreneurship, cultural awareness and initiative.

These traits contribute highly to securing employment and are skills which we work towards helping our students achieve to prepare them for the world of work.

Looking Forward

Derby College HE programmes provide students with opportunities to develop the full breadth of employability skills.

All of our Higher Education programmes are delivered and assessed in a manner that develops our students' employability skills and qualities described above. They are subject specific and develop knowledge and understanding relevant to industry.

The Foundation Degree in Construction Management, validated by Nottingham Trent University, and delivered by Derby College has been approved by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

This is unique in being the first non-university based taught Construction Management FD to be accredited by the CIOB. Higher Levels skills are developed and assessed throughout the programmes by a variety of assessment methods.

Interpersonal and transferable skills are developed in a similar way and group assignments and student presentations are a common feature across all our Higher Education programmes.

Our education programmes include assessed observations of actual teaching practice thus developing real classroom management and teaching skills.

Technical skills are developed on our Engineering and Construction programmes through specialist modules that develop students' ability to use software or equipment used commercially.


Employability skills are designed into our programmes during the planning stage and thus lead to seamless development of students. Our holistic approach will help students develop as a whole person - empowered to manage their careers.

Further help can be accessed from our Derby College's careers office and through tutorial support.

Working together with professional and academic skills in mind we prepare students for the next phase in the lives.

Further help can be accessed from our Derby College's careers office and through tutorial support.

First Class Learning Facilities

We boast one of the newest and most impressive estates in the country, operating across four distinctive campuses which offer excellent learning facilities and a professional setting for our partnership work with employers.      

Derby College Ilkeston Site

Roundhouse Campus

The campus offers vocational education provision centred around learning businesses – ensuring line of sight to work and an escalator to higher skills. The Roundhouse houses our Engineering Academy, a state-of-the-art facility that equips learners with skills to meet the needs of our large employers and their supply chains.

The campus also includes the Hudson Building, home to our Construction Academy, which supports the demand for trained and qualified construction professionals. The nearby Johnson Building provides superb resources for learners wishing to pursue a career in the motor vehicle sector and acts as a hub for much of our partnership work with employers.

Joseph Wright Campus

Offering excellent resources for A-level as well as advanced vocational creative arts programmes, the campus provides an independent study environment – a bridge between school and university, preparing young people for success in higher education.

Broomfield Hall Campus

An extensive working estate, the campus supports the landbased, leisure, sport and public services sectors, with learners on a variety of pathways leading to positive destinations in the world of work, further and higher education.

Ilkeston Campus

Designed specifically to meet the needs of local businesses, this community college supports learners, employers and adults in the surrounding areas.

Our learning businesses

Our campuses include high-street standard commercial ventures which offer quality services to the public, while providing an ideal setting for our learners to gain valuable work experience.

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Community Learning environments

In addition to our campuses, a variety of other community-based venues are utilised to meet the need for basic skills, including adult maths and English, as well as supporting those whose first language in not English.

We also work with employers and the Department for Work and Pensions to provide skills support for unemployed individuals. Other provision, based at the heart of our local communities, includes our Prince’s Trust and National Citizenship Service programmes.

The Derby College Education Trust

We sponsor the Merrill Academy serving school learners aged between 11 and 19 in the Allenton and Alvaston wards. Derby Manufacturing University Technical College We are also a key strategic partner in the flagship Derby Manufacturing University Technical College (UTC).

Meet the Governors

Mike Kapur

(Member of the Audit Committee)

Phillip Dover

(Chair of Governors, Chair of Search and Governance Committee, Chair of Higher Education Academic Board, Member of the Standards Committee, Remuneration Committee)


Hazel Clint

(Member of Audit Committee and Lead Governor for Health and Safety)




Vanessa Simpson

(Staff Governor)



Kevin Slack

(Chair of Audit Committee and, Chair of the Remuneration Committee)


Mandie Stravino MBA

(CEO of DCG, Member of the Standards Committee, Search and Governance Committee and Higher Education Academic Board)






Angela Cruz

(Student Governor, member of the Standards Committee)


Andrew Cochrane

(Member of the of Search and Governance Committee)


Sue Bradley

(Member of the Standards Committee Link Governor for Safeguarding and Broomfield)



Alan Brady

(Chair of the Standards Committee and Chair of the Joseph Wright Local Education Board)



Rosslyn Green

(Co-opted to the Audit Committee)



Stuart Ellis

(Link Governor for Engineering, Construction and Motor Vehicle)



Jane McNeil

(Member of the Higher Education Academic Board)



Our Businesses

Our campuses include high-street standard commercial ventures which offer quality services to the public, while providing an ideal setting for our learners to gain valuable work experience. We also run Roundhouse Thinking.

Engine Shed Restaurant

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The Engine Shed Restaurant....

SENSI hair and beauty

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SENSI salon....

little explorers

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Little Explorers Nursery....


equestrian centre

equestrian centre

Equestrian Centre....

plant centre

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The Plant Centre....

the florist

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The Florist....


centre for sport

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Centre for Sport....

Roundhouse Thinking

roundhouse thinking

Roundhouse Thinking

Gas Safety Centre

roundhouse thinking

Gas Safety Centre


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

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