Working in an award-winning traditional village pub and restaurant is the dream start to a career in hospitality for former Derby College higher education student Jack Bowler.
Jack, who is employed at The Boot – a 17th century coaching inn in historic Repton – is the first student to have benefited from the college's new partnership with Bespoke Inns.
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.
The Animal Unit at Derby College's Broomfield Hall in Morley will be getting visitors into the Christmas mood on Sunday December 10th with a Festive Open Day between 10am and 4pm.
Youngsters will be able to join students and staff to feed the meerkats, goats and alpacas. There will also be the opportunity to get hands on and handle some of the animals.
An Animal Care student at Derby College's Broomfield Hall campus in Morley is gearing up to compete in the International Sled Dogs Sports Federation dryland world championships in Poland this weekend (Nov 24-26).
Shauna Leigh Ward (16) from Eastwood will compete in the junior section of the event – racing with a team of four Siberian Huskies against competitors from across the world. She competes under the title known as Team Quileute named after the family's raw dog food business.
A trainee Quantity Surveyor who has recently completed an apprenticeship with Derby College has been hailed Apprentice of the Year in the Derbyshire Times Business Awards 2017.
Matthew Hitchcock (19) from West Hallam works for Keyclad in Heage which is part of the Bowmer & Kirkland Group.
Derby College is making significant in-roads in the recruitment of women and girls onto further education, apprenticeship, adult part time and higher education programmes.
In the last academic year (2016/2017) the College's Engineering Academy – based at its flagship Roundhouse technical campus and the purpose-built Ilkeston campus – included 92 female learners.
Derby College has teamed up with colleagues at Gateshead College to launch a research project into the skills shortages and limited engagement in Construction degree courses.
The BRIDGE project has been supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Catalyst Fund and has been prompted by a Construction Skills Network report which has highlighted a growing skills shortage in the industry.
An extravaganza of boxing, mixed martial arts and ballroom dancing held at our Roundhouse Campus has helped to smash a £10million fundraising milestone.
Over a hundred beginner boxers, fighters and dancers competed across the weekend in front of a packed out Roundhouse, jiving, punching and grappling their way to victory.
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.
A group of Derby College students have helped to organise a conference for their peers to share important messages about staying safe.
The group of students on the Level 3 Protective Services study programme, based at Broomfield Hall, have been working with Derbyshire police as ambassadors for Project Zao – an initiative to raise awareness amongst young people of the dangers of carrying a knife.
A world-leading automotive manufacturing supplier in Measham has launched an apprenticeship recruitment drive to take on and train 60 young people over the coming months.
Plastic Omnium in Westminster Industrial Estate designs and supplies bodywork components such as bumpers and tailgates for the world's automobile manufacturers and is part of the international Plastic Omnium group which operates in 30 countries.
A group of Derby College students have raised more than £440 to help buy new sensory play equipment for a charity that supports the families of children with special needs.
Tegan's Butterflies in Paradise was set up last year by a group of local parents who themselves have children with special needs. It is named after Tegan Treece who had Down Syndrome and died in 2011 aged three and a half and whose mum Mel is vice-chair of the group.