1 September 2015

Derby College has joined forces with several local companies to launch an innovative range of Employer Academies.

The Employer Academies give students enrolling on full-time courses in engineering, business, construction, sports, hospitality and professional cooker the opportunity to be interviewed by the local employers involved and join an Academy programme.

Students will benefit from regular work experience at the business, take part in master classes and special projects, gain part-time work and have a guaranteed interview at the end of the course for a job or apprenticeship at the companies.

The latest Employer Academies to be announced are the Atlas Building and Groundworks Academy, and the iBox Web and Programme Development Academy. Managing Director of iBox Security, Sean Price, said:

“Our industry faces similar challenges to those in construction and engineering. Although young people have the interest in and passion for technology, they often do not come out of college or university with the up to date skills that are relevant and viable in a business environment.

“We will be offering masterclasses for IT students, work placements for Academy members and everyone will be guaranteed an interview for jobs and apprenticeships at the end of the course.  We envisage taking on one or two young people as part of our expansion plans.”

The other existing academies include the Cricket Derbyshire Academies – one for hospitality and one for sports -  the Derby Telegraph Media Sales Academy, and the epm:technology Advanced Composites Academy.

Derby College Business Development Director April Hayhurst added: “We now have eight Employer Academies in place which all provide exciting opportunities for students enrolling this September on Business, Construction, Sport, Hospitality, Professional Cookery and Engineering programmes at the College.

“All of these vocations have been identified by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership as growth areas with potential future skills shortages and the Employer Academies therefore address this in a new and innovative way.

“Business leaders quite rightly highlight that they need young people to be better prepared for the workplace.

“The work experience that students will gain as part of their courses will help to develop the personal skills and attitudes that employers are looking for and will help to shape young people’s career aspirations.”

For more information about the Academy programme, visit www.derby-college.ac.uk or call 0800 028 0289.

Derby College is a member of emfec.