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News - Derby College

The President of Derby College Students Union (DCSU) has been elected to join the National Union of Students (NUS) National Executive Committee where she will be involved in developing and influencing policy that affects the 4.1 million Further Education learners in the UK.

 A former Construction apprentice at Derby College will take part in a national skills competition next week with his sights set on qualifying for the UK team.

Zack Lysaczenko from Chellaston won a place in the three-day UK Skillbuild final at Birmingham’s NEC National Skills Show (Thursday November 19 to 21) after representing Derby College in the regional competition earlier this year.

Hedgelaying is the ancient art of cutting hedgerows for regrowth. Countryside and Agriculture students have been learning this technique cutting broad leaved species and 'laying' them forming a stock proof barrier. This sustainable form of fencing helps the hedge to regrow and provides an important habitat for Broomfields wildlife.

Without any management hedgerows can become neglected and lose their value. Hedgerows have declined in Britain and so have the animals that rely on them. Broomfields Learners are playing their part to ensure this doesn't happen on the College Estate.

To find out more on Countryside courses see our Countryside page or go to one of our Broomfield Hall Information Evenings.

Television star Nick Knowles has visited Construction learnerss at the Hodgkinson Brickwork Academy at Derby College's Ilkeston campus to thank them for their involvement in the recent BBC DIY SOS Big Build project.

Derby College has teamed up with Microsoft’s UK Country Partner of The Year 2015, risual Limited, to open the East Midlands’ first risual Microsoft Academy. This will offer Microsoft qualifications for learners across the College, IT apprentices and employees at businesses across the region.

A former female Motor Vehicle learner has returned to Derby College to train the teachers who previously taught her in the latest automotive industry education software technology. Catherine Treanor from Duffield studied at Derby College as part of her Motor Vehicle apprenticeship at Station Garage in Belper.

Post Office revamp brings first class apprentice opportunities

A major post office makeover could lead to a first class career for two Derby College apprentices.

Raj Mohan, 41, subpostmaster at Kirk Hallam in Derbyshire, is joining forces with the College as he gets set to take on further responsibility for the post office across the border in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire.

 

Derby College Student Supported By the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

A Derby College Music Technology student is due to feature on a BBC Lifeline television programme next week (Sunday November 8) – highlighting the support he has gained from the charity, the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.

Curtis May (18) from Swadlincote joined the Trust’s Get on Track programme two years ago to help him overcome the challenges that he faced at school and home.

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.

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 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.

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