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Summer Learning At Derby College

Derby College has launched a summer programme of fun seasonal courses aimed at adults and children.

The daytime class programme includes pottery for children and then adults, theatre skills for aged ten to 15 and then 16 and above. Evening courses are then available in cycle maintenance and repairs, holiday Spanish and sewing.

Prices start from £12 for the short course and a new programme will launch in September with a wider range of Learning for Leisure courses at campuses in Derby and Ilkeston.

Derby College Students Learn Skills In the Wild

A group of Derby College Animal Management students, based at Broomfield Hall, have returned from a 12-day field trip to Mankwe game reserve in South Africa as part of their course.

The 24-strong group had an insight into a wide range of skills including, conservation and research.  The trip included a wildebeest game capture, animal tracking, identification and sexing of different species, meeting lion cubs in a local zoo and a hot air balloon safari.

Student Awards

Derby College learners who are studying Higher Education programmes and who have contributed to student life through the Derby College Student Union have been recognised at an awards evening.

The Derby College Students’ Union FE & HE Celebration Event was held at the Roundhouse with certificates presented to the learners nominated.

Derbyshire People Highlight Positive Treatment and Care

Local people have spoken out about their positive experiences of health and social care services in the County in a new report published this week by public watchdog Healthwatch Derbyshire.

The report is based on 620 comments collated from patients, service users and members of the public across Derbyshire.

The findings of the survey: ‘what makes a positive experience?’ show that improving services to ensure a better experience for patients and the public need cost very little and in many cases, nothing at all.

Patients spoke about the importance of:

Derby College Students Share ‘Stay Strong’ Message

Students at Derby College’s Ilkeston campus have teamed up with Fixers, a national organisation working with young people to share their past experiences to improve their future lives.

The students, who have learning difficulties and are on the Pathway to Working Life programme at the College, devised a campaign called ‘Stay Strong’.  They produced wristbands and created a leaflet with helpline contacts on a range of issues from bullying to bereavement.

Shire Horse Open Day held at Croots Farm Shop

Gentle giants of the horse world will be shown in all their glory at a Shire Horse Open Day in Derbyshire next month.

The Derbyshire Shire Horse Association Show will be held at Farnah House Farm, Wirksworth Road, near Duffield – the home of Croots Farm Shop.

Derby College’s Pioneering Employer Academy Programme Celebrates Success

Derby College’s Employer Academy programme, which has attracted widespread acclaim, has celebrated its first anniversary with a number of students progressing into jobs and apprenticeships. There are 14 established Employer Academies involving a wide range of businesses and students from across the College curriculum – particularly in priority vocational areas highlighted by D2N2.