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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."

Students who are members of the Engineering Rail Skills Academy at Derby College recently attended and helped facilitate activities for school pupils at the iRail 2018 East Midlands event at Derby Conference Centre.

The Skills Academy is part of an innovative programme involving Rail Forum East Midlands' member companies and Derby College to raise the profile of the range of careers available to young people across the industry.

An Engineering apprentice at Derby College has been recognised by East Midlands Chamber in their annual Enterprising Women awards.

Amber Nicholson (22) from Chaddesden is an apprentice with AESSEAL in Derby which is part of a global company specialising in mechanical seals and support systems.
Amber was nominated for the award by AESSEAL General Manager Andy Stoney (pictured with Amber).

Former Derby College Engineering student Melissa Chimutanda has won a £1,000 bursary from a leading industry body to support her future studies.

Melissa (21) is now studying Mechanical Engineering at Leicester De Montfort University and applied for the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Engineering Horizons Bursary which includes membership of the professional body.

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.

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.

A local apprentice has gained a medal in her first welding competition – hosted for the first time at Derby College's Engineering Academy in Ilkeston.

Rosie Dales (25) from Ilkeston has joined her father and grandfather in the family firm Dales Fabrications in Crompton Road Industrial Estate as an apprentice welder and attends Derby College's Ilkeston campus on day release.

Derby College is further developing its plans to create an Institute of Technology for Engineering and Professional Construction following the announcement of a Government cash boost for the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership area. The Institute is part of the £63million allocation for the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire areas which is designed to help create jobs, build homes, raise productivity, support businesses and encourage economic growth.

Rail companies from across the East Midlands will be highlighting the wide range of career opportunities available in the industry at Derby College's Roundhouse campus in Pride Park on Thursday January 26. Representatives from companies who are members of the Rail Forum East Midlands will meet existing Derby College Engineering students during the day and then young people looking at their post-16 options at an information evening between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

Rail Minister Paul Maynard MP has welcomed the launch of a new Rail Employment and Skills Academy in the East Midlands.

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