Derby College students have been flying the flag for vocational careers at the Skills Show at Birmingham's NEC – the UK's largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event.

Firstly mature student Haralds Jonans (37) clinched the silver medal in the senior Plastering competition. Haralds, from Chaddesden, came to the UK from Latvia seven years ago and is one of more than 20 deaf learners who attend Derby College – supported by signers in the workshop and in lessons.

He completed an intricate Plastering challenge over the three day competition and narrowly missed out on winning the gold medal.

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