Suzanne Brady - Derby College

Suzanne Brady

More than 300 people attended Derby College Group’s annual Academy Awards at the Roundhouse.

The event celebrated the success, achievements and commitment of employers, staff and students who are involved in DCG’s innovative Employer Academies, Employment and Skills Academy Boards and apprenticeship programmes.

Derby College is celebrating an increase in the A-level pass rate and in the number of students achieving higher grades A* to B. A record 32% of A level students at the college's Joseph Wright Centre gained the higher grades and the overall pass rate was just over 97% - up 1% on last year. Points per entry has also increased to 29.5 compared with 27.5 last year.

Mandie Stravino and Darren Wilson have been appointed as the East Midlands Chair and Vice-Chair of the UK's largest business group, taking over from Andy Cliffe, Former Managing Director at East Midlands Airport, in July 2018.

 

Following the announcement by Skills Minister Anne Milton, the Collab Group of colleges is delighted to have secured funding as part of the Governments Flexible Learning Fund to deliver an innovative "Digital Engineering Academy."

Merger Talks Commence

Bilborough Sixth Form College and the Derby College Group (DCG) have started initial discussions about a potential merger earmarked for January 2019. 

Derby College is celebrating an increase in the number of students achieving higher grades (A* to B) in the first A level results published since the major curriculum re-structure.

A record 30% of A level students at the Joseph Wright sixth form centre gained the higher grades and the overall pass rate was just over 96%. Points per entry has also increased to 27.5 compared with 23.7 last year.

Architecture and construction consultancy YMD Boon has become a member of Derby College's Employment and Skills Academy (ESA), which aims to nurture learners as they move from education to employment.

Design and Sustainability Manager at Bowmer and Kirkland, Rebecca Hartshorn, has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen.

Bristol Street Motors Renault Derby has invested in its future workforce after hiring Derby College Motor Vehicle learner Jordan Coles as an Apprentice Technician. Jordan impressed bosses at the Sir Frank Whittle Road dealership during his work placement from Derby College and was subsequently offered a full-time technician apprenticeship.

Work to demolish two large gas-holders on Derby's Pride Park has been completed – and National Grid will soon put the site up for sale. Once a fundamental part of the city's gas network, the gas-holders have not been used since the turn of the millennium and have been dismantled to make way for regeneration of the site. At 12.8 and 11.2 metres high, their removal will change the city skyline and provide much-needed space for development.

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