Long-established family business Birds Bakery is looking to the future by training new apprentices in baking, logistics and maintenance.

Three local colleges have joined forces to raise awareness of the options available to study a university-level course close to home with the flexibility of fitting studies around their work and family commitments.

After a tense week of uncertainty, Derby College Group A level student Sukhbir Singh (18) from Peartree in Derby has received official confirmation that he has secured a place at the University of Cambridge to study Engineering.

Representatives from a wide range of companies organised hands on activities for female students from Derby College Group and city secondary schools to raise awareness of the career opportunities available in science, digital technology, engineering and construction.

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."

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.

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

Engineering learners at Derby College have produced the medals that will be sported by competitors in this year's Jenson Button Trust Triathlon – one of the final tasks in their year-long programme with Derby advanced composites manufacturing business epm:technology.

A West Midlands automotive engineering company is launching a major recruitment drive to employ more than 180 young people in apprenticeship roles over the next two years. Lander Automotive based at Woodgate Business Park near Halesowen manufactures a range of products for the automotive industry.

Engineering learners at Derby College have spent a week gaining an insight into the advanced composites manufacturing business at epm:technology's £6 million manufacturing, research and development facility in Derby.

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