News - Derby College

Current Derby College Student Union President, Carl Anderson has been highly commended in the Association of Colleges (AoC) Student of the Year Awards 2017.

Carl (18) studied ICT at the College and, having held the positions of student ambassador, vice-president of the Student Union at The Roundhouse site and Inclusion Champion, is now employed as President of the Derby College Student Union, voted for by his fellow students.

Bespoke Inns Start Search For Apprentice Brewer

Award-winning Bespoke Inns is working with Derby College to find an apprentice with the aptitude and passion for everything to do with craft beer and real ale to learn the trade at its fast-growing micro-brewery.

The micro-brewery was launched two years ago at The Boot in Repton and currently produces eight different real ales.

These are distributed and served at all of Bespoke Inns' pubs and restaurants – The Boot, The Dragon in Willington and Harpur's in Melbourne plus a few other selected outlets.

Derby College Students Experience Life At The Ritz

Two Catering and Hospitality students at Derby College have celebrated finishing their study programme by completing a week's work experience in the kitchens of The Ritz London.

Holly Rawlinson (19) from Chellaston and Sophie Brassington (19) from Normanton were originally part of a group of level three students, based at the College's Engine Shed training kitchens at the Roundhouse, who spent the day seeing behind the scenes at the world renowned hotel five-star hotel in Piccadilly.

Dirty Dancing Date at Iconic Roundhouse

The Roundhouse Events team based at the historic Roundhouse, Pride Park, are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 'Dirty Dancing' film release, which has been a firm favourite with generations of movie fans.

This Autumn is the first time the beautiful Roundhouse will be turned into an indoor cinema on Saturday October 14, giving guests a chance to cosy up inside the historic building and enjoy a cinematic experience like no other.

Derby Museums Employer Academy

Derby College has teamed up with Derby Museums to provide additional opportunities for Travel and Tourism and Creative Arts students based at the Roundhouse and the Joseph Wright Centre.

The Derby Museum Employer Academy joins more than 20 other partnerships with local and regional businesses and organisations with students applying to be part of a year-long programme including guest speakers, special projects, work placements and mentoring support.

Derby College Performing Arts student Jordan Roebuck is using his talents to help adults express themselves through music and dancing at a community arts centre. Jordan, who is 18 and from Hilton, recently gained part-time employment at Steps for the Future after two years of volunteering with the Derby charity, based in Nottingham Road.

Steps is a dance and music group which provides "a safe and supportive environment where adults with differences can showcase their talent and flourish as individuals."
Jordan said: "It's great. I'm now leading some of the classes I used to volunteer at.

Derby College Expands Residential Provision

Derby College has expanded its residential accommodation offer to enable students from further afield to live at the Broomfield Hall campus in Morley seven days a week in term time.

The accommodation, which has an 'Outstanding' rating from Ofsted, is currently available Sunday evenings to Friday for students aged 16 and above.

Derby College's Broomfield Hall has topped the Landex UK league tables for student achievements at colleges who are part of the national organisation and offer land-based study programmes.

Broomfield Hall near Morley is one of 39 Landex land-based colleges in the UK and offers a wide range of land-based programmes including Agriculture, Arboriculture, Animal Care, Countryside Management, Equine, Floristry and Horticulture.

Higher Achievements in A-level Results at Derby College

Derby College is celebrating an increase in the number of students achieving higher grades (A* to B) in the first A level results published since the major curriculum re-structure.

A record 30% of A level students at the Joseph Wright sixth form centre gained the higher grades and the overall pass rate was just over 96%. Points per entry has also increased to 27.5 compared with 23.7 last year.

Derby College has hosted the national final of the Guild of Bricklayers' annual skills competition at its Derby Construction Academy.

Eighteen students and apprentices from throughout the UK attended the competition organised by the Guild of Bricklayers.

Welding Success For Local Apprentice

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.

Five teams of three from Derby College are amongst the 20 teams who have signed up for the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon team challenge at Derby's Markeaton Park on Sunday July 23. The Derby College teams are all made up of first-time or novice triathletes who have come together with the aim of raising more than £1,000 for this year's charity partner Barnardo's.

Funds raised will go to the charity's Leaving Care Services in Derbyshire which aims to bridge the gap for children between living in care and the adult world. The service, based in Heanor, helps young people secure permanent accommodation, supports them with the life skills they need to look after themselves and remains available to offer support and counselling if necessary.

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