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Virtual Support Stepped Up For School Leavers

With many Year 11 school pupils still uncertain about their options after GCSE results are announced, Derby College Group (DCG) is holding another three virtual open days to support young people make the transition into further education.

As well as information on full time study programmes and apprenticeships, there will be details about work experience opportunities, careers advice and the wide range of support available to students.

In each subject area, teaching and support staff will be available online to talk through options via live chat rooms and guide young people through the application process for the study programme or apprenticeship of their choice.

Anyone who has already applied but who wants further information on the study programmes and advice and guidance in light of the cancellation of GCSEs this summer are also encouraged to log on.

Everyone needs to pre-register for any of the online events they want to join beforehand, once registered a dedicated event link will then be sent over 15 minutes before the start of each virtual event.

The first open day on Tuesday June 30 between 3pm and 5pm will focus on Beauty, Business, Childcare – including the new T Level programme - Hairdressing, Health and Social Care, Hospitality and Catering, Professional Education, Travel and Tourism and the Inclusion curriculum.

On Wednesday July 1, 3pm to 5pm – information and support will be available on the following subjects - Land-based: Agriculture, Animal Care, Arboriculture, Conservation and Countryside, Equine, Floristry, Horticulture; Construction: Brickwork, Carpentry, Electrical Installation, Painting and Decorating, Plastering, Plumbing and Gas Training; Professional Construction, including the new T-Level programme; as well as Engineering and Motor Vehicle.

The last virtual open day will be on Thursday July 2, again between 3pm and 5pm, and is designed for those interested in the College’s wide-ranging A Level and GCSE programmes, Applied Science, Art and Design, Games Design, Computer Science & Digital, Creative Media & Digital Multi Media, Music, Performing Arts and Fashion Business & Retail.

Careers advice and guidance is also available on webchat on our website from Monday to Thursday between 2pm and 4pm.

Furthermore, DCG’s Inclusion team is offering a live online chat facility for those needing advice and guidance about support available for students with special educational needs.

The team will be available Monday to Thursday between 2pm and 4pm until July 3 and then by appointment over the summer.

DCG Vice Principal Kate Martin explained: “Our first virtual open days were a great success with Year 11 pupils particularly taking advantage of the chance to talk about their options 121 with members of our curriculum, careers and student support teams.

“In these uncertain times, we want to provide as much clarity and support as we can to reassure young people that we can help them progress in their full time education or apprenticeship.

“Moving forwards, further events will be organised to focus more specifically on our higher education, apprenticeships and adult part time offer and we will be publishing details in the near future.”

Find the curriculum area you want to talk to and register for virtual open day.

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