Higher Education students at Derby College came under the spotlight at an awards ceremony at the Roundhouse to celebrate their success.
As well as certificates for completing their Higher Education study programmes at the College in Construction, Animal Management and Business, there were several special awards presented in recognition of students' personal achievements.
Computing students at Derby College have devised proposals for a mobile app that would help raise the profile of Elvaston Castle and attract more visitors. Elvaston Castle successfully applied to be part of a community project run by graduate trainees at Rolls-Royce.
The visitor attraction was keen to know whether it would be feasible to create a mobile app as part of its marketing efforts and the graduates undertook a year-long study.
Three students from Derby College are amongst the first to join an innovative partnership with Halfords Autocentres to enable them to gain valuable work experience, gain essential technical skills and earn a wage whilst they study.
In an industry first, Halfords Autocentres is working in partnership with 25 further education colleges across the country to get young people 'work ready' and address growing skills gaps in the industry.
Derby College is also holding an information evening at the Roundhouse in Pride Park on Thursday March 15 between 5.30pm to 7.30pm to give young people and adults the opportunity register for a wide range of apprenticeships available now and in the coming months.
The College currently has around 50 apprenticeship opportunities available in a range of industries from Business Administration and Hospitality and Dental Nursing and Manufacturing.
The 11th National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2018) will run from 5 to 9 March 2018 with employers, apprentices and providers from across England celebrating the success of apprenticeships to encourage others to choose this proven pathway to a great career.
Whilst the focus is traditionally on young people aged 16 and above entering the workplace through an apprenticeship programme, an increasing number of employers are recognising the value of upskilling their existing staff through apprenticeship training.
Five graduate hair stylists at Derby College have returned to the SENSI commercial training salon at the Roundhouse in Pride Park to work on a self-employed basis and learn essential business and enterprise skills for their future careers.
The group have all gained their level three hairdressing qualifications at the College and will now work for a year at SENSI – building up their own client base and learning skills they need to run their own business from marketing to finance.
The first students from Derby College's new level 3 Agriculture study programme based at Broomfield Hall in Morley have secured places at university.
James Boa (18) from Borrowash and Chloe Culyer (19) from Chesterfield have both secured places at Reaseheath Agriculture College in Nantwich to study a Foundation degree in Agriculture. Bethany Rains (18) from Belper has offers from both Reaseheath and Harper Adams University in Newport and is considering her options.
Two former A-level students at Derby College's Joseph Wright Centre are busy raising money to fund a trip to Fiji where they will be taking part in an environment project to improve the lives of local people.
Amelia Sutcliffe (18) from Alfreton (pictured right) and Yasmin Crofts (19) from Riddings (pictured left) are both now studying Law at the University of Lincoln after attending Derby College together.
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.
A group of Education Support Workers from Derby College have successfully completed a pilot study programme – paving the way for teaching assistants from a wide range of Derby and Derbyshire schools to further upgrade their skills.
Seven ESWs, who work across the College supporting students in the classroom, have completed the new Higher Level Teaching Assistants certificate which has been introduced by Derby College.
More than 300 people attended Derby College's first Academy Awards which were held at the Roundhouse.
The event celebrated the success, achievements and commitment of employers, staff and students who are involved in the College's innovative Employer Academies and Employment and Skills Boards.