Bondholders Expand Employer Academy

Bondholders Derby College and Derby County Cricket Club have launched their third Employer Academy to help engage young people for the world of work.

The Cricket Derbyshire Facilities Management Employer Academy is now providing valuable work experience opportunities for construction students based at the College’s Roundhouse and Ilkeston campuses.

Cricket Derbyshire Venue Operations Manager Jamie Guthrie said: “We have already worked with some painting and decorating students from the College who have done a brilliant job in the indoor cricket centre and will be working in other parts of the ground over the coming months.

“We look forward to working with more of the Construction students in the future who will be doing maintenance work at the ground from brickwork and joinery to plumbing and plastering.”

Derby College Director of Employer and Economic Affairs, April Hayhurst, explained that the Cricket Derbyshire Employer Academies were a response to identified skills gaps and growing job opportunities in all three sectors.

“Sport, hospitality and Construction are growing sectors both locally and nationally and are key elements of the visitor economy which is a key growth area, identified by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

“By working with this and a growing number of other employers, we are shaping the curriculum to their needs and ensuring that students benefit from direct input from industry professionals in the workplace. "

These academies aim to provide students with both the technical knowledge and the skills and attitudes employers require to address skills shortages.