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Further Capital Works Planned Ahead of Next T-Levels Launch

Derby College Group (@derbycollege) has been awarded a £780,000 government grant to create new laboratory and integrated IT facilities for students who will join the second stage of the T-Levels roll out programme this September.

Students Join Initiative to Crack Down On Crime

Derby College (@derbycollege) Public Services students recently joined an initiative to highlight that properties vulnerable to burglary could be eligible for free security improvements as part of a major project to boost safety in the West End area of Derby.

Derby Company’s Expertise Helps Students Become Work Ready

IT students at @DerbyCollege Group’s Joseph Wright Centre are working with a local marketing agency to develop the broader skills they will need in their future careers.

DCG Steps Up Virtual Learning Innovation

@DerbyCollege Group (DCG) has launched a new student-led initiative to further enhance the quality and effectiveness of using technology in face-to-face and virtual teaching, learning and assessment.

High-tech speakerphone donation helps Lubrizol seal new academy partnership with Derby College

Derbyshire firm @LubrizolCorp has helped @derbycollege  IT students to learn better during the lockdown by donating high-tech speakerphones to mark the start of a new exciting employer academy tie-in.

DCG Brings Christmas Cheer To Local Residents

Hundreds of students and staff across DCG (@DerbyCollege) have been involved in Derby City Council’s Christmas Cheer project which is providing much needed support and festive cheer to particularly vulnerable and elderly people across the city.

DCG Recognised As A College of Sanctuary

@DerbyCollege Group (DCG) has become just the fourth in the UK to be awarded College of Sanctuary status in recognition of the support it provides to the asylum and refugee community in the city.

Derby College Agrees New Tech Partnership To Support T Level Students

@derbycollege (DCG) has announced a new partnership with Access ConQuest, suppliers of construction software used by estimators, quantity surveyors and finance teams, to help better prepare students undertaking T Level qualifications for the world of work. The software will be used by students on a daily basis to help prepare them for future roles and gain a better understanding of the systems currently used by industry professionals.  Launched in September 2020, T Levels are new study programmes which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to three A levels. These two-year study programmes involve 80 per cent time spent in college and 20 per cent on an industrial placement. Developed in collaboration with employers, the goal is to ensure that the content prepares students for work, further training or study as well as meeting the needs of the industry.The first FE college in the East Midlands to offer this new ‘gold standard’ technical qualification, DCG will be partnering with a number of firms, including Access ConQuest, to give students undertaking a T Level in Construction, Design, Surveying and Planning the edge when looking for their first professional role.Rebecca Hartshorn is a founding member of DCG’s Professional Construction Employment and Skills Board (ESB) - which brings together employers to co-design and co-deliver the curriculum – including the new T Level programme - and is Strategic Framework Lead at B+K Building Services (BKBS), a division of Derbyshire-based Bowmer + Kirkland.Commenting on the new partnership, Rebecca said:“Digital capabilities and a working knowledge of the software that’s used within the industry are both vital skills that will give T Level students a head start in their career.”Access ConQuest software is widely used across the industry, particularly when calculating estimates, take-offs and measurements and bills, making it an important aspect of estimating and commercial roles.Rebecca continued:“As a company, we would certainly look favourably on a young person who has a working knowledge of this software and other digital tools, as we know they’ll be able to hit the ground running on key tasks.”Derby College’s T Levels launch was marked by a visit from the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, Gillian Keegan. The Minister met the first students enrolled on the construction, design, surveying and planning T Level programme and joined an ice-breaker which was led virtually by representatives from Bowmer + Kirkland.Commenting on her visit, the Minister said:“Derby College is one of the pioneers of the T Level programme and I’m delighted to see the investment that has been made in digital facilities that will be crucial in providing rigorous and high quality study programmes that will be recognised as the gold standard in technical education.”Andy Day, Estimating, Take Off & Surveying Software Consultant at Access ConQuest said:“We’re really pleased to have partnered with Derby College Group and see a number of great benefits to the T Level qualifications. It’s vitally important that students leave education not only with a qualification, but practical skills and experience that can be applied to future roles.“Our ConQuest software is used widely by a range of firms specialising in fit outs and refurbishments, building, civil engineering, quantity surveying, as well as subcontractors - so whatever career path these students decide upon, they’ll be well prepared for the tasks ahead of them.”DCG works in partnership with more than 3,000 employers in a number of ways from co-designing and co-delivering the college curriculum to delivering a wide range of apprenticeships.

Fitting tribute to former Derbyshire college principal

An apple tree has been planted in the grounds of @DerbyCollege Group's Broomfield Hall campus in tribute to the former principal Clark Field, who passed away in August aged 70.

Flowerworld grows links with Derby College Group; Providing more jobs and paid work experience

@DerbyCollege Group (DCG) is cultivating even stronger links with national flower business Flowerworld –  leading to an array of training and employment opportunities for its students. Flowerworld, which is part of Morrisons supermarket group and is based in Sinfin, has taken on several Derby College Floristry apprentices over the past three years.

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