Derby College is holding two special events as part of National Apprenticeship Week 2016 which are designed to support young people into apprenticeships and the world of work.
Visitors at an open day at Derby College's Broomfield Hall campus in Morley on Sunday March 13 between 10am and 3.30pm will have the chance to meet the new-born lambs and other animals who are cared for by students at the College.
Higher Education students at Derby College came under the spotlight at an awards ceremony at the Roundhouse to celebrate their success.
A student at Derby College has been selected to play for her native Latvian table tennis national team in the world championships in Kuala Lumpur next week.
Diana Rusinova (19) came to the UK from Latvia with her family in 2012 and is studying Travel and Tourism at Derby College's Roundhouse campus in Pride Park.
Derby College has launched the risual Autodesk Academy at the Roundhouse to upskill teachers and learners in the latest Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology software.
Catering and Hospitality students at Derby College and Buxton and Leek College went head to head in a Cook Off challenge held at Derby College's Engine Shed training restaurant at the Roundhouse, Pride Park.
A former Derby College Construction apprentice has won a place in Squad UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. Zack Lysaczenko is now in with the chance of representing the UK construction industry on the world stage after excelling in the finals of the WorldSkills UK skills competitions in Birmingham.
Community groups and individuals are being invited to apply for support from young people taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme this summer.
This year just over 1,000 young people will be taking part in a four-week NCS programme over the summer holidays. National Citizen Service (NCS) is a flagship government programme that provides a transformational experience for all 16 and 17 year olds in England and Northern Ireland.
NCS aims to promote a more cohesive, responsible and engaged society by bringing young people from different backgrounds together to make a difference in their communities. It also enables young people to develop important skills that they can take with them into the world of work.
Participants take part in adventurous outdoor activities and learn new skills while living away from home. They also plan and deliver their own social action project that makes a real difference to their local community.
The programme in Derby City, Erewash, Amber Valley, Derbyshire Dales and Bolsover is run locally by Derby College on behalf of Ingeus as part of its work to improve young people's employability skills.
Derby College programme manager Maria Banks explained that hundreds of local projects had already benefited from the NCS programme locally in the past four years and the summer 2016 programme would see the largest number of young people involved so far.
"A key part of the programme is for NCS participants to plan and deliver their own community project. This could be anything from raising money and then organising a family fun day to working on an older person's garden to help improve their quality of life.
"We have worked with a wide range of charities and community organisations over the past four years but are keen to hear from smaller groups and individuals who need the support from these creative and enthusiastic young people.
"Previous years' NCS programmes have been a huge success and provided young people with a fantastic opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills and then make a real difference to local communities by volunteering their time in a project that they themselves had chosen and developed.
"The programme gives young people a constructive way to begin their journey into adulthood after they leave school. Participants gain lifelong skills from the scheme by working together to budget and plan, whilst also engaging with their local community."
The programme starts with a week's residential trip designed to challenge the young people to join in with a wide range of outdoor activities.
Teambuilding as well as life and employability skills are the focus of the second residential week based at Derby College's Broomfield Hall campus and the University of Derby.
In the third and fourth weeks of the programme, the groups plan and deliver their community projects based across the city and county.
Local projects supported by NCS participants have included:
- Renovating the outside of The Laura Centre in Derby who support bereaved children and young people
- Creating a short film about road safety for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service
- Working with a visual arts charity to design and create a community mural in Normanton
- Supporting Trident Reach young people's charity in Swadlincote by raising money to buy art supplies and gardening tools, and to hold events for local families
- Raising money for residents at Green Gables, a Leonard Cheshire residential home in Alfreton, through a music event, busking and a flash mob, bag packing and cake sales
- Buying new leisure equipment for Derby Shield to support young adults with learning difficulties
- Transforming the outdoor garden space for Derby Women's Centre
To find out more about the community support available through NCS East Midlands, please call 01332 387416 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about NCS or to sign up visit NCSINGEUS.CO.UK or call 0121 386 6910.
Derby College has teamed up with Rolls-Royce plc to organise an event to raise the profile of career opportunities in Engineering for females.
Derby College Sports students recently had the chance to learn coaching and football skills from football legend Roy Keane during a visit to St George's Park – the FA's national football training centre in Staffordshire. The visit was organised by Burton-on-Trent based pharmaceutical company Clinigen Group as part of their partnership with the League Managers' Association (LMA).
Clinigen invited the Sports Coaching and Development Diploma students, based at Derby College's Broomfield Hall site in Morley, to tour St George's Park.
The students were then treated to a special football skills training session with former Manchester United legend Roy Keane. As a manager, Keane has managed Sunderland and Ipswich and is currently Assistant Manager of the Republic of Ireland national football team who recently qualified for Euro 2016.
Derby College Lecturer Kevin Bunting explained: "The day was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the students to learn from one of football's greatest players and coaches.
"Our students have their sights set on a wide range of careers in sports and this experience was invaluable for them to gain an insight into how top sports people are coached at an elite level."
Peter George, CEO of Clinigen Group and lifelong Manchester United fan said: "We are very proud to be able to help provide such talented young sportspeople with the opportunity to meet and to train with a footballing legend like Roy Keane.
"Clinigen has been a partner of the League Managers' Association since 2014 and it has been fantastic to be a part of the great work that they do to develop and inspire local students and clubs."
Matt Tribe (17) from Belper was amongst the group. He said: "I am hoping to work in personal training or sports physiotherapy so it was incredible to see how someone like Roy Keane handles a coaching session. "We were certainly put through our paces and the clear message that came out was that you need to be confident and give precise instructions and demonstrations during any coaching session. "It was great to see the theory put into practice by such an iconic player, coach and manager."
Callum Edworthy (16) from Littleover, son of former Derby County player Marc Edworthy, added: "Roy Keane knows so much about the game that it was brilliant to see him in action."He was really relaxed and very witty which made the whole coaching session very enjoyable."
A full time Certificate in Sports Coaching and Development course starts at Derby College in February 2016 plus if you would like more informationon any of our Sport courses you could go to the Broomfield Information Evening.
A Derby College student has been selected for the England Colleges' netball squad to compete at an elite level of the sport.
Cherese Naylor (17) from Codnor is studying Sports Coaching and Development at the College's Broomfield Hall campus in Morley.
She plays Centre and Wing Attack for the Loughborough Lightning team in the national performance league and, as part of the English Colleges' team will play against other national sides and in the national super league.
Cherese, a former pupil of the Ripley Academy, has played netball since she was eight-years-old. She combines her College course with daily strength, conditioning and fitness training as well as netball coaching and playing matches.
Cherese said: "I went for trials for the squad and was delighted to be accepted.
"This is an opportunity to play netball against some of the other top teams in the UK. My ultimate goal is to play netball for England on an international stage so I hope that this will get me further towards that ambition.
"The only downside is that we have to fund ourselves to be part of the squad and attend training and matches throughout the UK. I am therefore working hard to raise sponsorship to enable me to take all the opportunities open to me."
Derby College Sports Lecturer Kevin Bunting said: "Cherese fully deserves this chance to play at a top level in this sport.
"She has a great attitude to her academic studies showing that education and elite sport work well alongside each other
"As a College, we fully support our students who compete in sport at an elite level and ensure that their match and training commitments successfully combine with their College courses so that they gain qualifications that will be invaluable to them in their future careers."
Any business or individual able to support Cherese is asked to contact email@example.com
Derby College is appealing for volunteers to help restore the historic gardens at the Broomfield Hall campus. The restoration programme has been launched by Head Gardener Samantha Harvey who is working with Horticulture students at the College to develop the gardens into a visitor attraction.
The gardens were created when the original hall was built in 1873 by industrialist Charles Schwind.
They still retain the Victorian layout and the plan is to improve these further with several developments including contemporary herbaceous planning, designing; planting a sub-tropical area and installing colourful rainbow planting.
Miss Harvey, who is a former student at Derby College and then trained at the Royal Botanic Kew Gardens in London, said: "We have got big plans for the gardens at Broomfield Hall and our aim is to make these a notable visitor attraction.
"The students are obviously involved and are gaining valuable work experience to improve their employability skills. However, we would also be grateful for the input of local people who can volunteer some of their time to be part of this exciting project.
"Our main volunteer days are Mondays to Wednesdays and volunteers are obviously welcome to work as many hours as they wish with us.
"We have already had interest from people including keen gardeners, some who have retired and others who are keen to progress into the industry.
"As the work progresses, we aim to open the grounds more frequently and welcome people to tour the picturesque grounds and learn more about the different trees."
Future courses at Broomfield Hall will include a new RHS practical skills course for keen gardeners. For more information visit www.derby-college.ac.uk or telephone 0800 028 0289. For more information on volunteering opportunities, please email Samantha.firstname.lastname@example.org