8 December 2015

Derby College has been awarded the top Career Mark accreditation in recognition of its consistent quality in providing careers education and guidance for learners at its campuses in Derby, Ilkeston and Morley.

Career Mark is awarded by the Quality in Careers Standard Board (QiCS). It measures good practice in a number of areas – management, curriculum, information, guidance and outcomes in helping young people develop life long career management skills.

Career Mark Assessor John Ambrose from QiCS commended Derby College’s investment, links with employers, including through the Employer Academy programme, support with university applications and the structured tutorial system within the curriculum.

His report states: “Derby College invests considerably into the importance of careers education information advice and guidance. This is evident from the dedicated curriculum time allocated to careers education as part of the tutorial programme.

“The students value the opportunities that are offered for contact with employers, as well as the support with higher education applications. They know who to go to if they need advice and guidance.

“It was a pleasure to meet such enthusiastic staff and to have the opportunity to speak to a wide range of learners who were highly motivated towards their future career journeys."

Derby College Head of Learner Support Services Helen Jefferson said: “Having been awarded the Career Mark for three consecutive years, we have now been awarded the gold standard.

“The award of Career Mark is well justified as the team has helped thousands of students over the years to fulfil their goals – whether that is to go onto university, an apprenticeship or into work.

“With Career Mark re-awarded to the College, students can be confident that they will continue to receive an excellent standard of advice and guidance support."

Derby College is an emfec member who provides an excellent learning experience to all learners to enable them to progress successfully top the next stage of their lives.