News - 01 May 2014

Apprenticeship Recruitment Expanded at Derby College

Derby College has launched a programme of regular apprenticeship recruitment events in response to the increasing range of local job opportunities and the demand from young people who are keen to get onto the first run of the career ladder.

The first event will be held on Thursday May 15 at Derby College’s Johnson Building in Locomotive Way, Pride Park, between 11am and 7pm. 

There will be a number of apprenticeship job opportunities available now through Derby College in a number of industries including construction, engineering, accountancy, business administration catering and hospitality, and hairdressing.

Young people attending the event will be able to apply for the apprenticeship jobs on offer immediately or register with Derby College for future vacancies.

There will also be the chance to gain help with preparing a CV, interview techniques and how to search and apply for jobs.

Derby College Business Development Director April Hayhurst said: “The increased desire from employers to find young people to fill apprenticeship vacancies and the demand from young people who want to enter the jobs market in this way has prompted us to organise a programme of recruitment events to match opportunities with potential candidates.

“More and more employers are recognising that apprenticeships are the ideal way to embrace the energy and enthusiasm of young people and to train them with skills they need to grow their business and ensure that they do not face skills gaps in the future. “

“As part of our support to businesses – we provide a recruitment service to help them find the young people who will benefit their organisations and pre-apprenticeship training programmes to support young people with the skills they need to be successful in their search for jobs.”

“For young people, apprenticeships are the ideal way to get a foot on the first rung of the career ladder. It is an opportunity to earn and learn at the same time – gaining valuable work experience and nationally recognised qualifications.

“We have vacancies coming in all the time so we will also be talking to young people to match their aspirations with a wide range of opportunities.”

Among the employers taking vacancies to the May 15 event is Derby Homes who, for the second year in a row, will be recruiting a number of apprentices in construction including plasters, joiners, plumbers, electricians and a surveyor through Derby College.

Derby Homes Chair Bob Osler continued: “We made a commitment last year to better support our local communities by offering young people in the city and particularly the estates where we work real training and employment opportunities through the apprenticeship scheme.

“The young people already working for the organisation are a credit to Derby Homes and are providing a high level of productivity both in the office and by carrying out maintenance work on properties that we manage.

“We are committed to expanding the programme on the future and ensuring that 10% of our workforce are apprentices.”

Annabelle Barwick, Change Manager at Derby Homes: “We are delighted to be working with Derby College on the recruitment and training of apprentices and Derby College’s modern learning environment greatly enhances the apprenticeship programme.”

For more information on all the apprenticeship opportunities through Derby College, please contact 0800 028 0289 or visit

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