Funding for Derby College Group to get students work-ready

Derby College Group (DCG) has received a grant of almost £80,000 by education charity, the Edge Foundation, to develop a programme to ensure students leave the college ‘work-ready’.

The Further Education College will work with local engineering businesses and Twycross Zoo, to design and deliver a curriculum which will ensure that what students learn is put into context via real-world experiences in the work place.

Derby College’s Teacher Training Manager, Melanie Lanser, said: "We will be adopting a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approach across levels 3 to 6, based on the principle of ‘learning by doing’.

"This focus will help students to develop the problem-solving, team working and other critical workplace skills which means they will leave well-prepared either for higher education or the first role of their career."

The grant is one of just eleven awarded this year by Edge from a total fund of £1million. The Edge Foundation campaigns for a coherent, holistic and socially equitable education system, to enable all young people to fulfil their potential.

Edge Chief Executive, Alice Barnard, said: "There is a mountain of evidence that Project Based Learning (PBL) deliver benefits to students helping them develop the skills, behaviours and experience which will serve them well whether they progress into a job or higher education.

"This project will deliver real world experiences to students and ensure they are equipped to make informed choices about their futures."

Last modified on Tuesday, 16 April 2019 12:45

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