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Bondholders join forces

Bondholders showed their support for Derbyshire Constabulary when they joined forces with Normanton and Rosehill Safer Neighbourhood Teams to hold a children’s sports event in Derby’s Arboretum.  
Last week, the policing teams came together with Business in the Community’s business connector, Bondholders Derby Community Trust, Derby College, East Midlands Airport and Rolls-Royce as well as PAK foods, Sainsbury’s and ASDA to hold a sports event for local school children.

The event, attended by Derby City Council’s Mayor, Mike Carr, was held with the aim of giving young people a positive experience with the police.

Sergeant Donna Abbott, who is in charge of the teams, said: “The area that the teams police in this part of Derby is very diverse.
“We are always looking for different ways of engaging with the different communities to give people the confidence to be able approach us when they need us. It is important that when they need our help people feel confident to come to us and events like this help to break down any barriers that may exist.

Sara Mitchell, Derby business connector at Business in the Community, added: “This is a brilliant example of organisations from different sectors in the local community achieving great things by working together. 

“It is wonderful to see businesses, police, community organisations and the education sector collaborating to increase community cohesion. A fantastic example of what the responsible business model looks like in action. 

Derby College celebrates 'Peak' performers

Bondholder Derby College has applauded the involvement of businesses and organisations at its annual Derby College Peak Awards, at the historic Roundhouse, to celebrate the achievements of students across the organisation.

 Picture: Alex Cantrill-Jones / ACJ Media
Derby College Peak Awards 2018.

A special award was presented to John Kirkland, chairman of Bondholder Bowmer & Kirkland, in Heage in recognition of his involvement of the College including the construction of major campuses such as the Roundhouse and for donating an annual bursary to young Construction students and apprentices.

Employer of the Year was presented to Bondholder FlowerWorld which is part of Morrisons and has an expanding floristry manufacturing plant in Derby.  The company has worked with Derby College to develop an innovative apprenticeship programme for current staff and new recruits and is committed to offering 20 apprenticeships every year for the foreseeable future.

One of the main prizes went to Apprentice of the Year Amber Nicholson (22) from Chaddesden who is an Engineering apprentice with AESSEAL in Derby - part of a global company specialising in mechanical seals and support systems.

Derby College Chief Executive Mandie Stravino said: “The Peak Awards is the highlight of the College year and a wonderful opportunity to express our thanks to the local and regional business community.

“We are fortunate to have the support of more than three thousand employers who dedicate time, resource and passion to the advancement of our students.

“Many have been involved in the co-creation and co-delivery of our curriculum. This not only ensures that our students have the skills that are relevant to the changing needs of business and will be the talent pipeline for the local and regional economy.

“By providing enrichment and work placement opportunities, these employers are embedding the positive attitudes and attributes amongst our student body to help them make a positive contribution to the workplace from day one.”

Expansion for Rigby & Co

Bondholder Rigby & Co have enjoyed a successful year with record turnover and the recruitment of two key new members of staff.
Over the past 12 months, turnover at the Pride Park-based firm has increased by more than 30% thanks to a series of high profile projects. These include the relocation of 111 provider Derbyshire Health United to Bondholder Derby College’s Johnson Building on Pride Park and the sale of nine acres at Friar Gate Goods Yard in Derby to the Department of Education on behalf of Bondholder Clowes Developments,

Managing Director Russell Rigby is anticipating significant growth during the rest of 2018 and has made two key appointments to the team.

Mark Gratton has joined Rigby & Co from Fisher German. He will work closely with Russell to provide development consultancy support services to both private and public sector clients and also has a remit to grow the firm’s highly rated office agency team.

Nigel Gell has joined the firm as a consultant, having worked in the public sector for more than 30 years, overseeing major capital projects and the implementation of estates strategies. He will lead the growing number of public sector consultancy projects that the firm has been instructed on since the turn of the year in areas including the NHS and FE.

Commenting on this latest phase of growth, Russell said:

"It’s great to have Mark and Nigel in the business. Mark is an exceptionally talented surveyor and agent, with great potential.

"Nigel’s expertise and reputation will enable us to deliver more public sector led consultancy projects within local government, further education and the NHS across the East Midlands. 

Rigby & Co is a dynamic commercial property consultancy serving Derby and the wider Midlands. The company offers advice on commercial property estate agency and regeneration and development consultancy matters.

Supporting Young Talent

Bondholder Armsons are supporting the development of young talent with the appointment of Reece Kersey as trainee quantity surveyor.

Completing the Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Professional Construction alongside his work at Armsons will enable Reece to apply his learning in a practical setting. In his new role, Reece will gain experience in all aspects of the business, from administration to the production of cost reports and client liaison. He will also shadow the three directors who work on a diverse range of projects.

Commenting on Reece’s appointment, Steve Fernie, director of Armsons, said: “We’re very happy to welcome Reece to the team and support him with his studies. It’s great to see young people who are interested in the industry. Reece is doing well and shows real promise. We look forward to help him achieve his ambition of becoming a qualified chartered surveyor.”

After obtaining his Level 4 Certificate, Reece hopes to study for a Level 6 Higher National Diploma at Stephenson’s College or follow an RICS accredited university course in quantity surveying and commercial management.

App Proposals Pave the Way For Future Promotion

Computing students at Bondholder Derby College have devised proposals for a mobile app that would help raise the profile of Elvaston Castle and attract more visitors.

Elvaston Castle successfully applied to be part of a community project run by graduate trainees at Bondholder Rolls-Royce, as the visitor attraction was keen to know whether it would be feasible to create a mobile app as part of its marketing efforts.

They in turn launched a design competition for BTEC Level three students, based at the Joseph Wright Centre, to put forward their ideas for creating a mobile app.

The winning proposals were created by College students Anbar Hussain (21) and Daniyal Azeen (20).

Their proposals included interactive 3D timelines and maps, linking information boards around the grounds of Elvaston Castle with QR codes on the app, audio guided tours and virtual reality video.

Gill Forrester, Estates Manager at Elvaston Castle, concluded: “The Rolls-Royce graduate trainees’ feasibility study and the work that Derby College students have done will enable us to decide the way forward with developing our market and whether a mobile app would be worth pursuing.

“We are particularly looking at ways to attract more young people here so involving the College students was the ideal route.”

Elvaston Castle Country Park encompasses approximately 321 acres of open parkland, woodland and more formal historical gardens which are Grade II* listed and also have a Green Flag Award for its quality green-space provision.

At the heart of the estate lies Elvaston Castle, a gothic revival masterpiece (not open to the public) designed by James Wyatt in the early 1800s based on the original house dating back to 1633.

PM Visits Derby College

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, chose the iconic Roundhouse Derby yesterday as a venue in which to make a keynote speech on the future of post-18 education.

Attended by senior ministers, she announced a major review of the future shape of tuition fees and university funding.

The speech was followed by a press conference with the PM being quizzed on a number of issues by Bondholder Derby Telegraph, as well as a flurry of nationals including, Sky TV, the Sun and the Times Education Supplement, as well as BBC TV’s political pundit Laura Kuenssberg. 

Chief Executive of Bondholder Derby College Mandie Stravino was delighted to showcase the Roundhouse saying that “It is unusual for an announcement of this magnitude to be made in a college sector setting.”

The Prime Minister was clearly impressed with the Roundhouse, commenting that the courses held at there were "building a future for this great city.”   

Read the Derby Telegraph article here.

Changes to the Management and Leadership Team at Armsons

Bondholder Armsons - cost consultants, project managers and building surveyors - has made some key changes to its management and leadership team in what is proving to be one of the busiest years in its 45 year history.

Michael Armson, who founded the business in 1972, has retired from his post as managing director and taken up a consultancy position with the company.

Director Ian Cooper has also stepped down and will now act as a part-time consultant for the business, which delivers its services to a diverse client base across a broad spectrum of sectors - including commercial, industrial, civil engineering, residential, healthcare, retail, sports and leisure, education and heritage.

Two new directors have been appointed; Sally Walters who joined Armsons in 2016 to head- up the company’s building surveying services team and Jonathan Heath, who has been at the company since 2014.

Sally and Jonathan will join Stephen Fernie, who remains a director after spending more than 20 years with the Darley Abbey-based firm.

Commenting on the new appointments, director Stephen Fernie, said: “Over the past 45 years, Armsons has established a reputation for recruiting people with extensive experience in their respective areas, who come together to share their skills and knowledge, which adds value to our service offering.

“Jonathan and Sally are highly regarded in their particular fields and I am delighted to welcome them as fellow directors at Armsons.

“Our team-based approach is one of our strengths and enables us to provide clients with a consistently first-class service and achieve the most cost-effective delivery of their project objectives.”

Armsons was established by Michael Armson in 1972 to offer specialist quantity surveying expertise to private and public sector clients across the region.

Over the past five decades, the business has expanded its service offering considerably in keeping with the changing face of the construction industry.

The firm has been involved in a series of award-winning schemes, including the transformation of the historic Roundhouse on Pride Park into a £51m engineering, technology and construction campus for Derby College, Glasshouse College – Ruskin Mill Trust, a College for young people with special learning needs, housed in the former Royal Doulton glass- factory in Stourbridge's Glass Quarter and the 400 Hall, a state of the art flexible performance theatre for Repton Hall School.

Derby College’s First Academy Awards

More than 300 people attended Bondholder Derby College’s first Academy Awards which were held at the Roundhouse.

The event celebrated the success, achievements and commitment of employers, staff and students who are involved in the College’s innovative Employer Academies and Employment and Skills Boards.

Derby College works with around 3,000 businesses and organisations with a large proportion involved in helping to shape the curriculum for students and providing work placements, speakers and special projects for students across the College sites in Derby, Morley and Ilkeston.

Derby College Group Chief Executive Mandie Stravino opened the proceedings and said: “Employers are embedded into the work of the College – whether that is working with our curriculum areas to ensure they provide the required skills now and in the future or providing valuable work experience to better prepare young people for the world of work.

“We are extremely grateful for this support and the first Academy Awards celebrate and recognise the valuable role that employers have in this organisation.”

The evening was compered by Derby College Deputy Principal April Hayhurst and presented by Dean Jackson from Bondholder HUUB and Ryan Duckett from Bondholder Derbyshire County Cricket Club.  Awards were presented by Derby College Group CEO Mandie Stravino and Bondholder Derby City Council Leader Cllr Ranjit Banwait.

The awards were followed by live music by Madison Avenue UK and the event raised more than £2,200 For the Derby Breakfast Club initiative which is Derby College’s designated charity partner in 2018.  This brings the total so far raised by students and staff for the cause to more than £6,200.

April Hayhurst concluded: “We now have Employment and Skills Boards working across all curriculum areas and a total of 28 different Employer Academies which have won been recognised as innovative best practice nationally.

”Our first Academy Awards were a huge success and a fitting tribute to all the employers, staff and students who have all worked hard to make these partnerships so effective in bridging the gap between education and employment.”

Awards winners were:

Placement Award: Winner – Capital Travel and Events Academy; runners up - The Finesse Academy and Hannells Business Academy.

Project of the Year: winner – Déda Creative Arts Academy; runners up – Bell Painting and Decorating Academy and the Cricket Derbyshire Academies for sport, catering and hospitality and facilities management.

Visit of the Year: winner – East Midlands Airport Partnership; runners up - Sasie Lindhurst Renewable Energy Academy and Seven Restaurant and Café Bar Academy. 

Speaker of the Year: Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Academy; runners up – Tom Mahwood from Turning Point and Richard Rochester from Young Enterprise.

Charity and Community Investment: winner – Derby College Transitions team; runners up – Flint Street Church and the Poppies Weeping Window fund raising event.

Student of the Year: former Catering and Hospitality student Jack Bowler who has secured a job at Bespoke Inns; runners up – Aaron Curd who now works at Hannells estate agents and Victoria Workman who has a degree apprenticeship with Nottingham-based motor finance company First Response - all following work experience through the companies’ Employer Academy programmes.

Curriculum Employee of the Year: Business lecturer Lorna Edwards; runners up – Ruth Benn, Travel and Tourism and Bill Bentley, Construction.

Work Experience Officer of the Year: winner – Emma Holden; runners up – Sophie Ballard and Lacey Collins.

Employment and Skills Board of the Year: Winner – Rail Industry Employment and Skills Board; runners up – Professional Construction and Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Skills.

Employer Academy of the Year: winner – Atlas Building and Groundworks Academy; runners up – Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Bespoke Inns.

Employer Academy of the Year: Cricket Derbyshire Academies; runners up – HUUB Marketing and Product Development Academy and First Response Business and Finance Academy.

Still Capturing Reality

It’s a year since Bondholder Mixed Realities, now known as V21, completed their first 3D Virtual Tour of Bondholder Derby College’s iconic Roundhouse, for Bondholder Roundhouse Events. This work went on to inspire them to create an innovative and engaging interactive map, featuring 14 virtual tours of spaces in Derby, including Bondholders Derby Cathedral Tower, Derby Museums and Art Gallery, Pickford’s House and of course The Roundhouse. They have recently added Banks Mill Studios to the map, capturing all 5 floors, containing 30 creative studios.

In the summer they went on to successfully experiment how to create a fully immersive CGI/VR environment using the data capture from the original laser scan of the Roundhouse. The result, an amazing tool for visualisation and redevelopment projects, presented at the FBE event at The Roundhouse with Bondholder Maber, in September 2017.

Since September 2017, V21 Artspace has presented over 20 Virtual Exhibitions for Galleries and Museums in Derby, Nottingham and London. including the one-time only world exclusive “Dinosaurs of China - Ground Shakers To Feathered Flyers” exhibited at Nottingham Wollaton Hall and Nottingham Lakeside Arts from July to October 2017. In December 2017 they branched out to the US. New York based associate, Sylvia Mead, already has 2 exhibitions under her belt, captured at Art Basel Miami. They are excited to be presenting their first New York virtual exhibition very soon and are collaborating with some major organisations on upcoming projects.

From late February their space at 21 Cornmarket will be used as exhibition space, V21 Gallery. They are hosting an opening exhibition “Life & Death” by artists David Booth MRBS and Keith Newlove. The exhibition launches on Friday 23rd February 2018 details of opening times can be found here. They will produce a 3D Virtual Exhibition making it accessible to anyone unable to visit.

Owners, Claire Cutts and Joe Clark, wholeheartedly agree that even though the last year has been a major challenge, as it is for any start-up business, this has been massively outweighed by having the opportunity to with some amazing Bondholders in Derby, including Derby Museums, Quad and Mainframe.

View the work of V21 below:

Interactive MapBanks Mill Studios, The Roundhouse, Dinosaurs of China, V21 Space, V21 Artspace 


New Programme Recognises Support Skills

A group of Education Support Workers from Bondholder Derby College have successfully completed a pilot study programme – paving the way for teaching assistants from a wide range of Derby and Derbyshire schools to further upgrade their skills.

Seven ESWs, who work across the College supporting students in the classroom, have completed the new Higher Level Teaching Assistants certificate which has been introduced by Derby College.

Some of them are already working in the advanced role and others are planning to apply for promotions in the future.

After a successful pilot programme, the second group of teaching assistants have already started their programme – representing a wide range of primary, secondary and special education schools in the city and county.

Derby College Teacher Training Team Manager Melanie Lanser explained:  “Teaching Assistants and Education Support Workers have a vital role in the classroom and this HLTA certificate recognises this specific skills set and pave the way for future career progression.

“The study programme is unique in the county and effectively provides these professionals with the qualifications to match their experience.”

Head of the Roundhouse Sarah Le Good concluded: “We are very proud of the achievements of those who have completed the pilot programme.

“They have embraced the opportunities to further develop their skills to support our students to develop their independence and become work ready.”

University Firsts for Derby College Agriculture Students

The first students from Bondholder Derby College’s new level 3 Agriculture study programme based at Broomfield Hall in Morley have secured places at university.

James Boa (18) from Borrowash and Chloe Culyer (19) from Chesterfield have both secured places at Reaseheath Agriculture College in Nantwich to study a Foundation degree in Agriculture.  Bethany Rains (18) from Belper has offers from both Reaseheath and Harper Adams University in Newport and is considering her options.

Derby College Team Manager Jon Collins said: “All these students originally came to Broomfield Hall from school on level 2 programmes and progressed to the new level 3 which we launched last year.

“We are very proud of their achievements in gaining places at university with a view to careers in agriculture and they will pave the way for other students to follow their lead.”

Former Derby College Student Wins Engineering Bursary

Former, Bondholder Derby College, Engineering student Melissa Chimutanda has won a £1,000 bursary from a leading industry body to support her future studies.

Melissa (21) is now studying Mechanical Engineering at Leicester De Montfort University and applied for the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Engineering Horizons Bursary which includes membership of the professional body.

Melissa, who is a former pupil at Merrill Academy and lives in Allenton. She studied a level 3 Engineering programme and was hailed Derby College’s Student of the Year and won the Engineering Excellence Award at the annual Peak Awards in 2015.

She said: “The bursary will be invaluable to support my studies including books and a computer that is able to run engineering software.

“Membership of the IET as part of the bursary is particularly good as it will enable me to meet with a wide range of people in the professional in all sorts of different engineering industries.

“I am thoroughly enjoying my university course but it was my time at Derby College which really opened my eyes to the career possibilities in engineering – particularly after completing various work placements.

“I am doing a number of work placements both here and abroad during my degree but my ultimate goal is to be the first female engineer to have designed the next Rolls-Royce engine.”

Derby College Group Chief Executive Mandie Stravino added: “Melissa was a shining star at the College and we are delighted that she is progressing well through higher education and further developing her passion for engineering.

“As the first female member of her family to go to university, winning the IET Engineering Horizons Bursary will provide her with financial support and open many more doors for her as she approaches the next stage of her academic and working life.”

The IET bursaries are awarded to students and apprentices who are passionate about engineering and have taken up a place on an engineering or technology degree course which has been accredited by the IET or have taken up a place on an apprenticeship scheme which has been approved by the IET.

In this second year of the scheme, 75 bursaries have been awarded to students and apprentices. The scheme helps students entering an apprenticeship or an engineering degree programme, who have qualifications such as a BTEC, HND, Access to Higher Education Diploma or other vocational qualification, as well as those in challenging circumstances.

Derby College Student Union President Attends Celebration Event

Bondholder Derby College Student Union President, Carl Anderson, has attended a reception at the House of Commons to celebrate the success of present and past further education college students.

Carl was highly commended in the Association of Colleges (AoC) Student of the Year Awards 2017 and attended the event with Derby College Inclusion and Support Co-ordinator Peter Benyon who nominated him for the award.

The AoC reception was hosted by Peter Kyle MP and attended by a number of celebrities who attended FE colleges across the UK including actor Shaun Escoffery and theatre director Phillip Breen.

Carl (18) has a diagnosis of Autism and studied ICT at Derby College before taking a year out from his studies to become President of the Derby College Student Union.

He was one of just two young people across the UK to be highly commended in the Young Student of the Year category of the annual AoC awards in recognition of his inspiring approach to education and life and for being a role model to all learners.

Carl said: “It was a great honour to be invited to the celebration event and to meet so many inspiring people from different walks of life who have also benefited from further education.”

Peter Benyon added: “It was a wonderful event and it was a privilege to be able tole to celebrate FE students past and present, young and old who have made a difference to their own lives and the lives of others.”

CEO to Advise Government

Bondholder Derby College Group Chief Executive Mandie Stravino has been appointed to a new national group who will advise the Department for Education on a wide range of matters.

FE Commissioner Richard Atkins has brought together seven Principals and Chief Executives from leading colleges across the UK to advise on skills policy including the development of T-levels.

The group will meet around six times a year with Ministers and government officials in an unpaid role.

Ms Stravino said: “I am honoured to be invited to be part of the new Principals’ Reference Group.”

Ms Stravino has been joined on the Principals’ Reference Group by FE leaders from Grimsby, Gateshead, Chichester, Weston, Walsall and East Kent.

Derby College Celebrates Achievements

The achievements of students at the Joseph Wright Campus, at Bondholder Derby College, have been officially recognised with a celebration evening attended by more than 100 people.

Students who have either graduated from or are continuing their studies for A levels, Creative Industries or Computer Science and Information Technology programmes based at the Joseph Wright Campus were presented with subject prizes at the annual event.

Derby College Head of the Joseph Wright Centre Stacey Adams commented: “The Joseph Wright Campus opened in 2005 and has gone from strength to strength.

“Last summer we celebrated an increase in the number of students achieving higher grades (A* to B) in the first A level results published since the major curriculum re-structure.

“A record 30% of A level students at the Joseph Wright sixth form centre gained the higher grades and the overall pass rate was just over 96%.  Points per entry has also increased to 27.5 compared with 23.7 the previous year.

“Twelve subjects recorded 100% pass rates including Core Maths, Law, French and Spanish and there was particular progress in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) subjects.

“We are very proud of the fact that two thirds of our subjects have increased their A*to B grade performance and that we have maintained both our breadth and quality of provision since the A level reforms.

“The STEM agenda is essential to both the local and national agenda and I am particularly delighted that we saw a significant improvement in high grades in Maths, Core Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science."

The Outstanding Academic Achievement award was presented to Harry Lebeter (18) from Ilkeston who was the first in his direct family to go to university having achieved A* in Maths and Further Maths and A grades in Chemistry and Physics.

The Outstanding Vocational Achievement Award was presented to Art & Design student Danielle Smith, (23) from Derby, for her final Art project in June. Danielle was also awarded the annual £400 Brian Harris Bursary by the Arts Society Derby.

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. 



Apprentice Success for Mercia

Bondholder Mercia Image has taken on its fourth apprentice as part of its commitment to bring youth into the print industry. 

Keiran Bass, who joined the Mercia Production team in November 2015, has just been offered a full time position as Print Finishing Assistant, after successfully completing his Performing Manufacturing Operations Apprenticeship with fellow Bondholder Derby College

Daniel Kinnerley, Print Finishing Manager, said “Kieran has done really well during his apprenticeship, learning different aspects of the business and the skills it takes to run several different print finishing machines. Kieran has quickly become a very valuable member of the team, having shown a great work ethic to achieve his goal and become a full time member of the Print Finishing Team.” 

Kieran is the first Production apprentice to come through the ranks and gain a full time job in Mercia’s Production Department. 

David Clarke, Derby College’s Engineering Assessor, said “The course is made up of 6 units selected by Kieran and myself, meaning that Kieran is able to choose the units which will benefit him in his chosen career. He has to be observed on 3 occasions which he’s done excellently every time, showing his willingness to learn and the skills he has gained.”

Vote For Derby Book Festival


Derby Book Festival needs your vote to secure funding from the Aviva Community Fund for their Shared Writing project: a Festival engagement project which works with disadvantaged children and young people in schools in Derby and with learners at Bondholder Derby College, who have English as a second language.

To be successful in their funding bid they need your votes for this innovative engagement project. Only projects that receive the highest number of votes go forward to the Aviva panel of judges for consideration.  

All you have to do is register on the Aviva Community Fund site and cast your vote for the Derby Book Festival Shared Writing project anytime between today and 21st November.

There are just a few simple steps, which only take a couple of minutes:

  1.  Go to the Aviva Community Fund page at
  2. Click the ‘Login/Register Now’ button at the top right of the page (or connect with Facebook at the bottom of the page)
  3. Follow the simple 3 step process – fill in your name and email. You will then receive an email to confirm your email address.  You can then complete the final form.

You have ten votes and can use all of them to vote for the Shared Writing project.  

Liz Fothergill, Chair of Derby Book Festival says: “Our engagement work is a key part of the Festival and centres on ‘giving people a voice’.  In 2018 we not only want to continue to engage with these brilliant and under-represented young people, but to extend our project’s reach and share the inspirational stories at the heart of our diverse city.  

"However, this ambitious programme needs financial support: a successful bid to the Aviva Community Fund will go towards the production and printing of our books.” 

Working with Autism

Bondholder Rolls-Royce has worked alongside Autism East Midlands to host a Working With Autism networking event at the Learning and Development Centre. 

The networking event allowed invited guests including local policy makers, business leaders and key individuals including Cllr John Whitby (The Right Worshipful Mayor of the City of Derby) Annie Hall (High Sherriff of Derbyshire) Heather Wheeler MP (Member of Parliament South Derbyshire) Cllr Nicola Roulstone (Representing Pauline Latham MP).

The event also included representatives from Bondholders BombardierDerby College, GeldardsLoatesHR, Pattonair, and Smith Cooper.

The event focused on the overarching point “What can we do but more importantly what can we do differently?” when supporting autism in the workplace. 

Jane Howson, Autism East Midlands Chief Executive, said: "The employment rate for people with autism has not changed in the last decade and remains extremely low, with only 16% of autistic adults in full-time work.

"However, we know that with the right support and simple, low-cost adjustments to their environments many more autistic people could thrive in the workplace.  

"This event will show, through our partners’ experience, how we can help local businesses to embrace a more diverse workforce, celebrate their employees’ individuality and reap the rewards of doing so."

Students Soar with East Midlands Airport

Bondholder East Midlands Airport has launched a unique partnership with fellow Bondholder Derby College to showcase the wide range of career opportunities available to students and create a talent pipeline of potential job candidates for the company. 

Derby College is one of the few colleges in the UK to run Aviation Operations study programmes at its Roundhouse campus.  The programmes are specifically geared towards progressing young people into careers in the growing industry.

Colleen Hempson, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at East Midlands Airport, said: “East Midlands Airport is committed to working with young people, highlighting the diverse opportunities available in this industry and supporting them in their career aspirations.

“We opened our Education Centre several years ago which welcomes over 3,000 young people every year.

“The Derby College students came on several visits last year and were a huge help in meeting and greeting people who attended our ‘Big Job Fair’ last January and we’re looking forward to them doing the same at the next one.

“It soon became clear just how different these young people were.  They look and act in a very professional manner and have a greater level engagement and interest in this industry.

“As well as supporting young people this makes good sense for our business – developing a talent pipeline for the short, medium and longer term.”

April Hayhurst, Derby College’s Deputy Principal - Employer and Economic Affairs, added: “This is an amazing opportunity for our students and we are extremely grateful for the commitment shown by East Midlands Airport.

“We work with nearly 3,000 employers across a wide range of industries who provide all kinds of support from work experience and site visits to guest lectures and mentoring.

“These forward-thinking businesses and organisations recognise that, by developing students’ work skills and attitudes, we can support individuals into jobs and address skills shortages in the workplace.”