Derby College's Partnership Approach Praised

We are also committed to working in partnership with employers to ensure that we are providing them and indeed all businesses with the skilled workforce that they need both today and in the future.
— Mandie Stravino, Chief Executive

In his annual report, Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has praised Bondholder Derby College.

The College’s work with the local business community, as well as its work with high needs learners, were both deemed as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted following their inspection visit to the College.

The Ofsted annual report highlights the College’s successes in bridging the gap between education and employment.

The case study outlines Derby College’s success in forming partnerships with employers to create employment and skills and employer academies.

It describes how these are made up of a group of local employers from specific sectors as well as individual employers who have a dedicated cohort of learners without their academy.

The College has 15 employment and skills academies across as many sectors with 300 active board members who assist with curriculum design and delivery.

Derby College Chief Executive Mandie Stravino commented: “Our work with employers was particularly singled out for praise by Ofsted and we are delighted that our work has been highlighted as the main case study in Sir Michael Wilshaw’s annual report.

“Our role as a College is to provide learners with the skills, attitudes and employability skills to progress onto the next stage of their lives – whether that is to higher education, work or self employment.

“This work is vital to address potential skills shortages, increase their competitive edge and achieve growth and job creation.”