College Grows Employer Partnership

Bondholder Derby College is expanding its range of work experience and potential job and apprenticeship opportunities for Construction learners, by working in partnership with even more local employers.

The College will be working with national painting and decorating company the Bell Group, to offer work experience throughout the year.

April Hayhurst, Derby College’s Deputy Principal – Employer and Economic Affairs, said: “Construction is a growth industry and a D2N2 priority and we now have every aspect of the industry catered for through our innovative Employer Academy programme to ensure that young people have the skills that businesses need in this area.

“We already work alongside a number of Derby-based construction companies to support learners on a range of Construction trade programmes and with a broad spectrum of employers involved in the professional construction industry, so we are delighted that Bell Group has joined this programme.

“These companies recognise that the Employer Academy programme is an important way of developing curriculum programmes that deliver the skills they need in their own workforce. 

“It also provides them with a potential pipeline of future employees and apprentices and employees to address skills shortages that many are facing.

“Our aim is therefore simple: to help smooth the transition from education to employment and with that, fill skills gaps in key industries across the city and region.”