Higher Education students at Derby College came under the spotlight at an awards ceremony at the Roundhouse to celebrate their success.
Community groups and individuals are being invited to apply for support from young people taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme this summer.
This year just over 1,000 young people will be taking part in a four-week NCS programme over the summer holidays. National Citizen Service (NCS) is a flagship government programme that provides a transformational experience for all 16 and 17 year olds in England and Northern Ireland.
NCS aims to promote a more cohesive, responsible and engaged society by bringing young people from different backgrounds together to make a difference in their communities. It also enables young people to develop important skills that they can take with them into the world of work.
Participants take part in adventurous outdoor activities and learn new skills while living away from home. They also plan and deliver their own social action project that makes a real difference to their local community.
The programme in Derby City, Erewash, Amber Valley, Derbyshire Dales and Bolsover is run locally by Derby College on behalf of Ingeus as part of its work to improve young people's employability skills.
Derby College programme manager Maria Banks explained that hundreds of local projects had already benefited from the NCS programme locally in the past four years and the summer 2016 programme would see the largest number of young people involved so far.
"A key part of the programme is for NCS participants to plan and deliver their own community project. This could be anything from raising money and then organising a family fun day to working on an older person's garden to help improve their quality of life.
"We have worked with a wide range of charities and community organisations over the past four years but are keen to hear from smaller groups and individuals who need the support from these creative and enthusiastic young people.
"Previous years' NCS programmes have been a huge success and provided young people with a fantastic opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills and then make a real difference to local communities by volunteering their time in a project that they themselves had chosen and developed.
"The programme gives young people a constructive way to begin their journey into adulthood after they leave school. Participants gain lifelong skills from the scheme by working together to budget and plan, whilst also engaging with their local community."
The programme starts with a week's residential trip designed to challenge the young people to join in with a wide range of outdoor activities.
Teambuilding as well as life and employability skills are the focus of the second residential week based at Derby College's Broomfield Hall campus and the University of Derby.
In the third and fourth weeks of the programme, the groups plan and deliver their community projects based across the city and county.
Local projects supported by NCS participants have included:
- Renovating the outside of The Laura Centre in Derby who support bereaved children and young people
- Creating a short film about road safety for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service
- Working with a visual arts charity to design and create a community mural in Normanton
- Supporting Trident Reach young people's charity in Swadlincote by raising money to buy art supplies and gardening tools, and to hold events for local families
- Raising money for residents at Green Gables, a Leonard Cheshire residential home in Alfreton, through a music event, busking and a flash mob, bag packing and cake sales
- Buying new leisure equipment for Derby Shield to support young adults with learning difficulties
- Transforming the outdoor garden space for Derby Women's Centre
To find out more about the community support available through NCS East Midlands, please call 01332 387416 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about NCS or to sign up visit NCSINGEUS.CO.UK or call 0121 386 6910.
Fujitsu and Intel have launched a new Innovation Hub at Derby College, which is set to put technology at the heart of learning for the College and its students.
As part of the businesses' commitment to developing IT skills in the UK, the new Innovation Hub, which is the ninth of its kind in the UK, will transform the learning experience for more than 400 students on degree programmes at the College, support teacher development CPD, as well as providing a resource for the wider community.
Derby College has been awarded the top Career Mark accreditation in recognition of its consistent quality in providing careers education and guidance for learners at its campuses in Derby, Ilkeston and Morley.
Derby College has published its programme of full-time and part-time courses that start in January 2016 – aimed at adult learners.
A wide range of courses will start in the New Year across the College campuses in Derby, Ilkeston and Morley ranging from Access to Higher Education and Teacher Training to Welding and Dog Grooming.
The President of Derby College Students Union (DCSU) has been elected to join the National Union of Students (NUS) National Executive Committee where she will be involved in developing and influencing policy that affects the 4.1 million Further Education learners in the UK.
Ten academies aimed at producing work-ready youngsters and addressing skills shortages in key industries in Derby have been launched.
The Employer Academies have been set up by Derby College in partnership with several employers.
A counter terrorism video, produced by police and students at Derby College which highlights the dangers of young people of becoming radicalised, has been given Home Office approval to be made available to schools throughout the UK.
Derby College’s work to improve the employability of local people through its extensive range of Higher Education programmes has been praised by inspectors from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) whose report was published on Wednesday August 12.