Ten academies aimed at producing work-ready youngsters and addressing skills shortages in key industries in Derby have been launched.
The Employer Academies have been set up by Derby College in partnership with several employers.
Derby College has teamed up with Microsoft’s UK Country Partner of The Year 2015, risual Limited, to open a new Academy for ICT learners in order to address a growing shortage of digital skills and bridge the gap between industry and education.
The new academy is set to open at the College's Joseph Wright Campus in Derby city centre on Tuesday November 3.
Derby College has expanded its Employer Academy programme by teaming up with a Derby web and software development company to boost IT students' skills.
iBox Security in Derby's Cathedral Quarter specialises in website and software development for a wide range of industry sectors and currently employs 11 people.
A counter terrorism video, produced by police and students at Derby College which highlights the dangers of young people of becoming radicalised, has been given Home Office approval to be made available to schools throughout the UK.
Derby College’s work to improve the employability of local people through its extensive range of Higher Education programmes has been praised by inspectors from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) whose report was published on Wednesday August 12.
Derby College is celebrating its highest grade percentage in five years with a 98% pass rate overall and the majority of A2 subjects recording a 100% pass rate including Humanities and Modern Foreign Language subjects.
Uniformed Public Services students experienced life behind bars during an industry visit to Whatton Prison in Nottinghamshire.
Derby College has re-opened its plant centre at the Broomfield Hall campus in Morley to give Horticulture students vital work experience and boost their future job prospects.
Derby College students, Will Painter (Kedleston Park GC), Will Davidson (Breadsall Priory GC) and James Walwyn (Wychwood Park) won the gold medal the Association of Colleges National Finals recently played at Bath Golf Club.