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Month: November 2016

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Local Bricklayer Clinches Silver Medal in National Skills Competition

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

A former CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) apprentice at Derby College has won the silver medal in a prestigious national bricklaying competition and now has his sights set on qualifying for the UK team. Jordan Richards (20) from Awsworth represented CITB and the College in the three-day UK Skillbuild final at Birmingham’s NEC National Skills Show [Read more…]

Christmas Skills On Offer at Derby College

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Derby College has launched a special programme to help people make their own festive decorations. The short courses will be held at the Roundhouse, Joseph Wright and Broomfield Hall campuses in the coming weeks as part of the College’s Learning for Leisure programme – designed to introduce local people to new skills and hobbies. Two-hour workshops [Read more…]

Rita Jansone: After returning to education, I secured a place at university

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Rita Jansone returned to education in 2013 to study for her GCSE’s in English and Maths after she didn’t get into university. She passed with flying colours and is now at university studying Accounting and Finance. Our dedicated former learner agreed to speak to our alumni team about her experiences. “I had been refused a [Read more…]

New Programme to improve quality of support for Deaf learners

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Derby College has launched a new study programme for people aspiring to work with Deaf learners. The Communication Support Work for Deaf Learners programme is the only one available in the Midlands and is aimed at people who want to become a qualified communication support worker. The level three programme will start in January 2017 with [Read more…]

Why interviews are about to get tougher – and how to deal with it

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Things can get pretty competitive on the job market these days. Only the top 2% of job applicants even get an interview, according to the President of Job Market Experts. Gone are the days when hiring managers were looking simply for the right qualifications, a decent amount of relevant work experience, glowing references from previous [Read more…]

Recruitment Partnership Service Launched

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Derby College has joined forces with a leading recruitment consultancy to provide a holistic service to local employers and additional support for young people looking for their first step into the jobs market. Sky Recruitment Solutions, based at Riverside Chambers in the Cathedral Quarter, will be working closely with the College’s Roundhouse Recruitment and apprenticeship teams. [Read more…]

LinkedIn Masterclass: Writing your summary on LinkedIn

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Your first impression speaks volumes on LinkedIn. You should use your summary to get the right people’s attention, sell yourself and get across all the key information about yourself in a concise way. Your LinkedIn profile is also likely to show up in the first few results if people research you online (and they will). [Read more…]

Former Derby College Learners Branch Out Into Business

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Two former mature learners from Derby College have joined forces to set up their own business – using the arboriculture skills they learnt at Broomfield Hall land-based industries campus in Morley. Andrew Fretwell (39) from Swanwick and Mark Hall (40) from Alfreton both signed up for the Forestry and Arboriculture study programme at Derby College [Read more…]

Don’t be scared of languages

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Us Brits have it easy. Almost 400 million people speak English as their first language, with over 1 billion speaking it as a second language. Yet we shouldn’t rest on our laurels. Being multilingual comes with huge benefits, especially in business. A language can add between 10% and 15% to your wage, according to recruitment [Read more…]

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