D2N2 cuts ribbon for digital academy

A new academy for ICT learners opened in Derby earlier this month with the help of D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership Chief Executive David Ralph cutting the ribbon.

The experience students will gain as part of this academy will help develop the personal skills and attributes that employers are looking for
— Ian McCormick, IT Director at Derby College

Bondholder Derby College has teamed up with risual Limited to open a new academy to address a shortage of digitally skilled employees, and to bridge the skills gap.

The new academy will aim to improve skills for both teachers and students and will provide a high-tech learning environment, offer students Microsoft qualification college-wide to enhance employability and feature guest workshops with industry experts.

Derby College is the second college in the UK to launch a risual Academy and D2N2 is interested in heavily investing in skills through both new initiatives and financing as part of the Local Enterprise Partnership's work to boost economic growth and jobs across its area which includes Derby and Derbyshire.

Our college partners have seen a significant increase in applications with the launch of the risual Academy
— Chris Clifford, Director of risual Education