To support this, DCG will be recruiting five industry specialists in Engineering, Robotics/Mechatronics and Digital and supporting them through full teaching qualifications with funding from the second wave of the £5 million national Taking Teaching Further programme.
DCG Director of Teaching, Learning and Academic Research Melanie Lanser explained: “It is extremely difficult to recruit teachers in these specialist subjects due to competition from elsewhere in the education sector and industry itself.
“This funding will enable us to bring more current industry knowledge and experience into the classroom and gives us a head start in launching T Levels in 2020.
“With this additional funding we can provide our new teachers with intensive support to support their development, help with the transition from industry to education and rapidly develop dual practice. Our new teachers will be supported to achieve a full teaching qualification at the College.”
A further aspect of the programme will be to develop the College curriculum to better prepare the future workforce in automated manufacturing.
DCG has launched the ‘We are the robots’ project to tackle the skill shortages in the automated engineering and manufacturing sector, including food and drink manufacturing which is one of the eight key sectors of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.
With over 400 food and drink manufacturers in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire employing 17,000 people, D2N2 LEP report that food and drink companies wanting to grow or expand but have a recruiting problem with finding suitably skilled people.In order to support industry priorities, DCG are planning to introduce Advanced Manufacturing Engineering into the curriculum such as Industrial Robot Technology, Industrial Plant and Process Control, and Electro-Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems and Devices in order to support the development of a future skilled workforce.
The provision will be centred around DCG’s new £1.75 million Mechatronics laboratory to further at the Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills College in Pride Park which has been supported by a £1.3m grant from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.The facilities will be officially opened in early summer, in time for the new intake of students in September 2019.
The Mechatronics equipment, designed by Festo, is a scaled-down version of their next generation of industry production lines.It mirrors the high-tech artificial intelligence manufacturing equipment that is commonly used in a wide range of industry sectors from confectionary to cars.
Melanie Lanser concluded: “Working in partnership with regional employers will enable industry-led teacher development to address the current barriers of teacher specialist knowledge within this area and engage with employer organisations so that they inform and direct the pedagogical approaches in pursuit of shared objectives.”
D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership
D2N2 is the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Local Enterprise Partnerships are private sector-led, locally-owned partnerships between business, local authorities, skills and training providers, and community and voluntary organisations.
There are 38 LEPs in England. They play a central role in deciding local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and create local jobs.
D2N2, established in 2010, is one of the largest LEPs in England, covering an area with a population of more than two million people and with an economic output of over £45billion GVA (Gross Value Added). Its Chief Executive Officer is Sajeeda Rose and its Chair Elizabeth Fagan.
D2N2’s target is to support the creation of 55,000 new jobs in D2N2 by 2023. The majority of these jobs will be in the private sector. Its vision is of a more prosperous, better connected, and increasingly resilient and competitive economy.
Its purpose is to support and encourage economic growth in the D2N2 region.
See website www.d2n2lep.org or www.d2n2growthhub.co.uk
Local Growth Fund
Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone.
That's why by 2021 Government will have invested over £12billion through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.
Analysis has shown every £1 of Local Growth Fund invested could generate £4.81 in benefits.
If you would like some further facts about the Fund, or the wider regeneration work going on across the country, please contact the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government press office by emailing NewsDesk@communities.gsi.gov.uk in the first instance to request any additional information you might need.
Some additional key facts:
. There are 38 LEPs covering the whole of England
. The government has awarded £9.1billion in three rounds of Growth Deals to local areas to drive economic growth.
. LEPs are investing in a wide range of projects informed by detailed analysis of the most pressing economic needs in each of their areas, including transport, skills, business support, broadband, innovation and flood defences.
Further information on how the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership is using its Local Growth Fund allocation to part-fund projects which directly benefits jobs and economic growth in its area can be found on the LEP website at www.d2n2lep.org/Home
About DCG (Derby College Group)
DCG (Derby College Group) is one of England’s largest colleges with more than 20,000 learners, £48 million turnover and 1,300 employees.
The Group consists of The Joseph Wright post-16 Academic and Arts college; the Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills college; Broomfield Hall Land-based and Leisure college; Ilkeston Technical Skills college and the St James Centre community college.
The diverse Roundhouse Corporate division of DCG works in partnership with more than 3,000 employers in a number of ways from co-designing and co-delivering the College curriculum to delivering a wide range of apprenticeships. The division also hires DCG facilities for conferences and events
Derby College was graded 'Good' with 'Outstanding' features for its work with employers and learners with high needs at its latest Ofsted inspection.