Derby College Group

Bondholder secures College students

Three IT students from Bondholder Derby College Group (DCG) have secured apprenticeships with Bondholder RDS Global.

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.”


East Midlands Railway launches

The prestigious launch of the new East Midlands Railway franchise was held yesterday at one of the world’s most iconic railway buildings, Derby College’s Roundhouse.

The Management team announced for East Midlands Railway, with headquarters in Derby, will be headed on an interim basis by Julian Edwards, Deputy MD of Abellio UK, to ensure a successful launch of the new franchise. Julian has promised ‘easier journeys, every day’ with an investment of £600m.

Will Rogers will join as Managing Director of EMR in January 2020.

Will is currently Managing Director of Arriva Rail London, operator of London Overground, and led the successful mobilisation of the Concession and the first three years of operation. In his time in the rail industry he has worked with manufacturers such as Alstom, Bombardier and Siemens, transport authorities such as TfL and DfT, financiers, operators, advisers, maintainers and the Office of Rail and Road.

Other members of the new EMR executive team are Finance Director - Tim Gledhill; Operations Director - Darren Ward; Commercial Director - Lawrence Bowman; Customer Services Director - Neil Grabham; Fleet Director - Chris Wright; Transition & Projects Director - Lisa Angus; HSSE Director - Paul Rushton; and Human Resources Director - Kirsty Derry.

These appointments will help support Abellio’s ambitions for the East Midlands Railway to deliver easier journeys as Abellio invests over £600 million to give passengers more seats, more services, better stations and new trains.

Marketing Derby MD, John Forkin, who attended the event commented “We welcome Abellio’s emphasis on investment & in particular the fact they have chosen Derby as their East Midlands Railway HQ and really look forward to working closely with the team."


Photo Credit: AV’IT Media


College A-level achievement

The largest cohort of A-level students for several years collected examination results at Derby College Group’s Joseph Wright Centre last week.

Just over 733 students sat A level examinations at DCG’s post-16 Academic and Arts college in the city this summer.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects scored significant increases in higher grades including Chemistry with 55% of students gaining A*/A/B grades which is a 10% increase on last year.

Other subject areas celebrating higher grades include modern languages such as Italian and Spanish as well as Film Studies and Media.

Furthermore, 16 subjects available for students at JWC scored 100% pass rate.

Head of The Joseph Wright Centre, Stacey Adams said: “We are very pleased with the overall strong pass rate and particularly the increases in higher grades achieved for several key aspects of the A level curriculum.

“Once again, the breadth and flexibility of subject options has enabled students to choose subjects that they enjoy, which is reflected in their grades. This will give them the widest options to progress onto the next stage of their lives whether that be higher education, apprenticeships or the world of work.”

 Picture: Alex Cantrill-Jones / ACJ Media

2019 Sponsors

A big thank you to this year's Food & Drink Awards sponsors, who now have the difficult (and fun) task of picking a winner from their sponsored category!

See below for our full list of 2019 category sponsors and what they say about the awards.

Restaurant of the Year sponsored by Denby Pottery
"Denby is delighted to sponsor the Food & Drink Awards again this year as this region has many impressive venues for dining and socialising. Denby is offering a prize of £1,000 RRP of its locally made tableware for the winner of the ‘Restaurant of the Year’. As restaurants want their food to look as good as it tastes, this seemed like the perfect partnership for Denby!"

Outstanding achievement award sponsored by Royal Crown Derby
“It gives us great pleasure to be sponsoring this year’s Outstanding Achievement award. At Royal Crown Derby we have been manufacturing fine bone china tableware for over 265 years, meaning the Food and Drink industry is right at our heart. Being founded in Derby and being based in the city for over 2 and a half decades, it is an honour to be sponsoring such an important award in an industry and a city that means so much to us.”

Best Café sponsored by Derby College
"Derby Food and Drink Awards celebrate the best of creativity, high quality customer service and entrepreneurial endeavour which are all attributes that we engender into our student body as part of their study programmes."

Excellence in Customer Service sponsored by The Derby Telegraph
"Good customer service can mean the difference between an average dining-out experience and a truly memorable one; it can be the deciding factor which compels people to make a return visit.”

Remember this award is voted for by YOU. You can vote here for Excellence in Customer Service.

Best bar sponsored by Irongate Group
“Irongate is delighted to continue its support of the awards for another year, helping showcase the innovative and vibrate food and drink culture we have in Derby”.

Best pub sponsored by Mortgage Advice Bureau
"We’re proud to once again sponsor the Marketing Derby food and drink awards. Derbyshire is dubbed the real ale capital of the UK and we have a thriving food and drink scene so we’re extremely excited to see this year’s competition."

Most family friendly sponsored by Cattermole Electrical
"As a small award-winning family business and having a young family of my own it made sense for us to sponsor the Most family friendly award."

Best newcomer sponsored by Hot House Music School
"Derby has a tradition of being both innovative and inspirational. We believe that Derby has an exceptional level of talent in every aspect of its culture and business which is why we are delighted to sponsor the Best newcomer award"

Best international sponsored by KRCS
"As a local business, KRCS is proud to support restaurants in Derby and the surrounding areas. We’re excited to sponsor the Best international award 2019, as we celebrate diversity in the city and the eclectic mix of flavours and cultures that make Derby great."

Best out of town sponsored by the University of Derby
"We are delighted to be supporting the Food and Drink Awards 2019. Our Culinary and Hospitality courses are preparing the next generation of talent to support this highly valuable sector."

The Market Place sponsored by Gem Radio


Class of 2018

With over 4,000 nominations received from the public and some intense judging, Marketing Derby was pleased to announce the winners of the tenth annual Derby Food and Drink Awards in 2018.

The winners were announced at the awards ceremony, held at The Roundhouse on Monday 8th October 2018.

On the night, Marketing Derby presented the Royal Crown Derby Outstanding Achievement award to The Palfrey who made a significant contribution to Derby's food and drink scene.

The event also saw the launch of a new recipe book called Ten: A recipe for success, produced in collaboration with AVIT' Media and Once Upon a Fork.

The Winner of the 'Restaurant of the Year', Terroir Bistro, won £1,000 worth of Denby tableware.

The 2018 winners & finalists were:

Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by Denby Pottery
Terroir Bistro (winner)
The Dovecote

Best café – sponsored by Derby College
Bear (winner)
The Coffee House at Derby Museums
Milk & Honey Deli

Excellence in customer service – sponsored by the Derby Telegraph
Portobello (winner)
The Coffee House at Derby Museums
POINTSIX Coffee House
Milk & Honey

Best bar – sponsored by Irongate Group
Suds & Soda (winner)
Slug & Lettuce

Best pub - sponsored by Mortgage Advice Bureau
The Exeter Arms (winner)
The Dog & Moon
The Last Post

Most family friendly – sponsored by Derby Days Out
Buttermilk (winner)
POINTSIX Coffee House

Best newcomer – sponsored by the University of Derby
The Squashed Tomato (winner)
POINTSIX Coffee House
The Yard

Best international – sponsored by Riverlights Derby
Anoki (winner)

Best Out of Town – sponsored by Smooth Radio
Hackwood Farm (winner)
Fishermans Rest, Belper
The Shed at Hilton


Food & Drink Last Chance to Vote!

Nominations close this Friday (26th) for the 2019 Marketing Derby Food & Drink Awards; vote now for your favourite establishment, 2000 already have!


Now in its eleventh year, the Awards recognise and celebrate the city's vibrant and growing food and drink sector.

Managing Director of Marketing Derby, John Forkin says: "Food and drink is an important sector but a tough one too. We want to celebrate the best locally and promote customer growth, so I encourage everyone to vote to give support to their favourites."

Here is the list of the categories available for nomination:

The Excellence in Customer Service award (Sponsored by Bondholder Derby Telegraph) is voted for by readers of the Derby Telegraph, from a shortlist of six establishments.

Nominations are judged on quality, not quantity, so make sure you consider your nominations carefully.

When the nomination period ends, judges from each category will sample each finalist to select a winner.

The finalists for each category will be announced on Friday 16th August, with the much anticipated awards ceremony taking place on Monday 7th October at Bondholder venue The Roundhouse.

For more information on the awards please contact Katie Wells


Gardeners World silver success

A show garden created by students at Bondholder DCG’s Broomfield Hall and Ilkeston colleges won a silver merit medal at the BBC Gardeners World Live show.

‘The Revelation Garden’ has been most ambitious planned by the Horticulture department and, measuring 25m by 15m, is the largest garden at BBC Gardeners World Live which attracted thousands of visitors across four days (June 13 to 16).

The centre piece for the garden is four life size wooden horse sculptures which have been hand-carved by an artist in Asia, with four gardens depicting the emotions of reflection, peace, love and joy.

The College teamed up with the Derby branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and a range of sponsors headed by Don Amott Parks who will now re-build key features of the garden at their flagship Lakeside Park near Louth for holiday makers to enjoy after the show.

This year’s medal has continued the Broomfield Hall team’s winning streak. Last year the students won the top Platinum medal for their border ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ as well as the prize for the best interpretation of the theme in the 23-strong category. The two previous years resulted in Silver and then Gold medals.

Derby College Horticulture lecturer Mike Baldwin said: “We are obviously delighted to have won such a prestigious medal again for our most ambitious garden yet."

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D2N2 invests in new College lab

Bondholder Derby College Group (DCG) has developed a new £1.75million state-of-the-art Technology Hub, supported by a £1.3m grant from fellow Bondholder D2N2, to further increase the skills of its Engineering and Professional Construction students and apprentices.

Executive Head of the Roundhouse College Liza-Jo Guyatt said "Our new Technology Hub will support the needs of employers and the career aspirations of our students and apprentices and is part of our vision to be a technology centre of excellence in the East Midlands."

The new Mechatronics laboratory – developed within an existing part of DCG’s Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills College in Pride Park will be officially opened in early summer, in time for the new intake of students in September 2019.

The Mechatronics equipment mirrors the high-tech artificial intelligence manufacturing equipment that is commonly used in a wide range of industry sectors from confectionary to cars.

Lisa-Jo Guyatt explained: “The engineering environment continues to change rapidly with the increase of robotics and sophisticated intelligent electronic controls that blur the boundaries of traditional engineering disciplines.

“The development of Mechatronics requires significant investment in technology to provide learning environments which will support the application in tomorrow’s employment opportunities."

Tom Goshawk, Capital Projects Manager for Bondholder D2N2 said: “Good skills training puts people on sustainable career paths and enables businesses to employ the right workers in order for them to grow. This is why D2N2 invests heavily in programmes promoting better and advanced skills, and in projects such as the Derby College Group’s new £1.75million Technology Hub.”

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Silver medal success

Volunteer gardeners at Bondholder Derby College Group’s Broomfield Hall have been awarded a silver medal at this year's Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chatsworth Flower Show.

As well as volunteering their time to support Head Gardener Samantha Harvey with the 25 acres of gardens at the Broomfield Hall Land-based and Leisure college in Morley, the volunteers have also planned and created a garden for the show.

This is the second silver medal for the 40-strong Broomfield Hall volunteers having been recognised in the Long Border category last year. This year the volunteers created a much larger show garden entitled ‘Find Yourself...Lost in the Moment', to celebrate volunteering in gardens and the physical and mental health benefits that it brings.

The garden captured the senses with a series of spiral sculptures emerging from soft planting. Random-height sleepers and characterful doors represent the diverse backgrounds and future possibilities that volunteering in gardens brings.

Samantha Harvey explained: “I am absolutely delighted with the silver medal for our first show garden. It is such a prestigious award and will hopefully lead inspire to creating a bigger garden at RHS Chatsworth in the future.

“This would not have happened without the hard work of the volunteers and the support from Derby College Group. Everyone has been amazing.”

One of the volunteers and show garden project manager Carl Johnson added: “It is amazing that we are now two-time silver medal winners. This is the best project that we have been involved with and is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”


Winning Businesses

The winners of the Derby Telegraph Business Awards 2019 have been announced at a prestigious event in Bondholder Derby College Group’s Roundhouse. Marketing Derby was a proud sponsor of the pre-dinner Champagne reception.

Now in its sixth year, the Awards, run in association with Bondholder Champions UK plc, celebrate the best of our local businesses and their successes.

So who won what?

Sponsored by Derby College

Winner: Ward

Runners-Up: Gin & Rum Festival, YMD Boon

Winner: Hackwood Farm

Sponsored by University of Derby
Runners-Up: BlocDigital, ThreeGuru

Winner: White Peak Distillery

Sponsored by Wheeldon
Runners-Up: Bear, Gin & Rum Festival

Winner: Amanda Strong (Mercia Image Print)

Sponsored by HUUB
Runners-Up: Steve Haseldine (Alerter Group), Leah McLaren (Hotpod Yoga), Robert Carlin (Superior Spas)

Winner: Smith Partnership

Sponsored by Cloud Central
Runners-Up: Rhodes Wealth Management, Sibbalds

Winner: Ward

Sponsored by Smith Partnership
Runners-Up: Air IT, Midland Lead

Winner: Stirland Paterson

Sponsored by Janine Edwards Wealth Management
Runners-Up: EPM Composites, HL Plastics, TidyCo

Winner: Imperial Commercials

Sponsored by Apprenticeships by Impellum
Runners-Up: Derby Homes, HL Plastics

Winner: Cosy Direct

Sponsored by Lubrizol
Runners-Up: Gift Wellness, RDS Global

Winner: Headway

Sponsored by Sellick Partnership
Runners-Up: Derventio Housing Trust, Treetops Hospice Care

Winner: Silver X Logistics

Sponsored by Thomas International
Runners-Up: Midland Lead, Xpertise Recruitment

Winner: Bloc Digital

Sponsored by Derby City Council
Runners-Up: Busy Things, FutureProof Films

Winner: Oviso Financial Services

Sponsored by Aspirational Magazine
Runners-Up: Morley Hayes, Silver X Logistics

Winner: Tecquipment

Sponsored by DNS Limited
Runners-Up: Anchor & Crew, Smith Partnership

Winner: University of Derby

Sponsored by FurnitureCloud
Runners-Up: Derby College Group, Chameleon School of Construction

Winner: Xuper

Sponsored by Specsavers
Runners-Up: Gowercroft Joinery, Nowcomm

Bondholders in blue. We apologies if we've missed anyone. Congratulations all winners and finalists.


DCG International Seminar


More than 40 policy makers from foreign countries ranging from Nigeria to India recently attended a seminar held by the British Council and Association of Colleges and hosted by Bondholder Derby College Group (DCG).

The seminar focused on the future challenges and opportunities for TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) across the world.

After an introductory day in London, the delegates spent two days based at DCG’s Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills college in Pride Park.

The itinerary included delegate visits to three employers and fellow Bondholders who have close links with DCG – Rolls-Royce plc, HUUB which is a market leader in triathlon kit design and Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

Delegates also gained an insight into technical and vocational training at the Roundhouse, the Joseph Wright Centre post-16 Academic and Arts College and Broomfield Hall Land-based and Leisure college in Morley.

DCG Chief Executive Mandie Stravino said: “We were honoured to be invited to be the host of the seminar at the Roundhouse and the feedback from delegates was that they thoroughly enjoyed their time in the city, at the College and meeting some of our partner employers.

“This was an opportunity to showcase our extensive vocational curriculum through which we strive to bring real-world learning into the classroom and create a future workforce of technical professionals with higher-level skills, knowledge and behaviours.

“The delegates were particularly interested in our innovative approach to bring together curriculum professionals and employers to co-design and co-deliver our vocational offer.

“Every student has the opportunity to be involved in employer-led masterclasses and special projects, taste the world of work through visits and work placements and be best placed to progress onto higher education, the world of work or to set up their own business.

“All these activities connect educational experiences to real-life opportunities to get students excited about what they are learning and develop transferable skills that will be in demand for employment in the future.”