David Mee

Partnership Project Tackles Skills Shortages

Derby College has teamed up with colleagues at Gateshead College to launch a research project into the skills shortages and limited engagement in Construction degree courses.

The BRIDGE project has been supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Catalyst Fund and has been prompted by a Construction Skills Network report which has highlighted a growing skills shortage in the industry.

An extravaganza of boxing, mixed martial arts and ballroom dancing held at our Roundhouse Campus has helped to smash a £10million fundraising milestone.

Over a hundred beginner boxers, fighters and dancers competed across the weekend in front of a packed out Roundhouse, jiving, punching and grappling their way to victory.

Students at Derby College have been learning about the broad career opportunities available to them in the region's rail industry.

Students from Travel and Tourism, IT, A-level, Applied Science and Business were amongst those invited to a careers day organised by Derby College at the Roundhouse campus.

The event was the latest led by the College's Rail Employment and Skills Academy in partnership with the Rail Forum East Midlands, which represents over 150 rail related businesses across the East Midlands.

Derby College Students Share Stay Safe Messages

A group of Derby College students have helped to organise a conference for their peers to share important messages about staying safe.

The group of students on the Level 3 Protective Services study programme, based at Broomfield Hall, have been working with Derbyshire police as ambassadors for Project Zao – an initiative to raise awareness amongst young people of the dangers of carrying a knife.

A world-leading automotive manufacturing supplier in Measham has launched an apprenticeship recruitment drive to take on and train 60 young people over the coming months.

Plastic Omnium in Westminster Industrial Estate designs and supplies bodywork components such as bumpers and tailgates for the world's automobile manufacturers and is part of the international Plastic Omnium group which operates in 30 countries.

A group of Derby College students have raised more than £440 to help buy new sensory play equipment for a charity that supports the families of children with special needs.

Tegan's Butterflies in Paradise was set up last year by a group of local parents who themselves have children with special needs. It is named after Tegan Treece who had Down Syndrome and died in 2011 aged three and a half and whose mum Mel is vice-chair of the group.

Entrepreneur Kavita Oberoi OBE has hosted an event Derby College's Roundhouse Campus to launch the new phase of the Breakfast Club project.

The scheme, to offer funded breakfast's through local business to children across Derby city schools, is a collaborative project between Derby City Council, leading City entrepreneur Kavita Oberoi OBE, Aaron Thalmann, Mike and Dana Copestake, Derby County Football Community Trust and HIS Church.

The Animal Unit at Derby College's Broomfield Hall in Morley will be getting visitors into the Halloween mood on Saturday 21st October with the chance to get up close and personal with some of the creepy crawlies who are looked after by students there.

Millipedes, cockroaches and sun beetles will be just some of the insects that visitors can handle at the family open day between 10am and 4pm as well as some of the reptiles who are resident in the animal unit with special sessions on how to care for them at home.

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) has announced the launch of the National Training Partnership, a new skills initiative to help solve the growing demand for new talent across the rail sector.

The National Training Partnership will bring together NSAR's newly formed National Network of Colleges and Training Providers, the Training Alliance and Quality Assurance provision and will support the UK rail industry in achieving an integrated approach to education, professional development and training. Derby College is now a select member of the National Training Partnership for rail. The National Training Partnership creates a UK wide education and training supply chain to deliver apprenticeships and professional development to the UK rail industry.

National Date For Derby College Student

A mature student at Derby College has reached the National Finals of the Skillbuild Competition which will be held at Birmingham's NEC in November (16 – 18).

Haralds Jonans (37) from Chaddesden is originally from Latvia. He is one of more than 20 deaf learners who attend Derby College – supported by signers in the workshop and in lessons.

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