Connor Young (19) from Alfreton, Joe Barker (18) from Mackworth and Alistair Lucas-Betterton (17) from Chaddesden were all members of the RDS Global Technology Academy which has won awards for its success in working with IT students at DCG’s Joseph Wright Centre post-16 Academic and Arts college.
The 17-week Academy programme includes talks and support from senior managers in the company and work placements at the head office in St James’ Court.
This has enabled students to get a taste of all the different career opportunities available to them from engineering to customer support. All the students are offered an interview at the end of their study programme for apprenticeship opportunities.
Connor and Joe both have their sights set on progressing up the engineering ladder at RDS Global whilst Alistair is already excelling in resolving customer’s IT issues.
RDS Global Director Andy Flinn said: “I am passionate that apprenticeships are good for both business and for the young person. It is an investment but the scheme enables us to embed our customer-focused culture and work ethos right from the start of an apprentice’s career.
“The employer academy programme with Derby College enables us to get to know the students before they apply for an apprenticeship.”
DCG Deputy Principal April Hayhurst concluded: “RDS Global is a leading light in our employer academy programme and shows just what can be achieved by working together to better prepare young people for the world of work.
“By gaining work experience with different teams at RDS Global, students are able to see what the different job roles are really like – helping to bring their study programme to life and give them a clear line of sight to the workplace.”