News - 19 March 2024

D2N2 Careers Hub partners with the East Midlands Institute of Technology to deliver innovative Careers in the Curriculum Conference

PHOTO: delegates at the D2N2 LEP/East Midlands Institute of Technology Careers in the Curriculum conference

Earlier this month, our D2N2 Careers Hub joined forces with the East Midlands Institute of Technology to deliver a Careers in the Curriculum conference for educators from across our region.

Over 45 teachers from schools and colleges across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire attended the event, which was also supported by ten local employers including Bloc Digital, Cadent, JCB, Ideagen and the NHS. The conference was held at the University of Derby’s Enterprise Centre.

Delegates heard from keynote speakers Will Morlidge, CEO of D2N2 LEP, John Yarham, Deputy Chief Executive of the Careers and Enterprise Company and Rachel Quinn, Director of the East Midlands Institute of Technology (EMIoT) and took part in roundtable discussions covering skills and attributes, apprenticeships and technical education. There were also talks from the supporting employers, opportunities to network and a chance to meet local apprentices. To round off the event, delegates had the opportunity to tour Bloc Digital and the EMIoT, both based at the Enterprise Centre.

PHOTO: Rachel Quinn, Director of the East Midlands Institute of Technology, presenting to delegates at the Careers in the Curriculum conference

The East Midlands Institute of Technology is backed by the University of Derby, Derby College Group, Loughborough University and Loughborough College, and is one of 21 Institutes of Technology across England that have been created by Government to tackle the skills gaps in high level technical education in the UK.

Rachel Quinn, Director of the East Midlands Institute of Technology, said:

“It was a pleasure to host the Careers in the Curriculum conference and present to the teachers from across our region on our skills strategy. My priority for the East Midlands Institute of Technology is ensuring our courses develop those higher technical skills that local employers need now and in the future, helping local people benefit from the growing career opportunities on their doorstep.  This conference is a really great boost for that vital work.”

PHOTO: Delegates at the Careers in the Curriculum conference led by the D2N2 Careers Hub and the East Midlands Institute of Technology

The D2N2 Careers Hub is funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company and is one of over 40 Careers Hubs across the country. Our Careers Hub works with 175 secondary schools, Further Education institutions, support centres and SEND schools. It also collaborates with 75 primary schools as part of the Department for Education’s new pilot programme ‘Start Small Dream Big’.

Inclusion is a key priority. The Careers Hub partners with the Youth Futures Foundation, as part of the Connected Futures research programme, to develop an understanding of the support systems for young people with learning disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Conditions and to identify changes that would provide them with more effective support into employment.

By working closely with universities and colleges, as well as raising awareness of alternative routes to higher education such as apprenticeships and technical education, the D2N2 Careers Hub improves how schools and colleges prepare young people for the next step in their career or education.

Will Morlidge, Chief Executive of D2N2 LEP, said:

“It was fantastic to welcome so many representatives from local schools, colleges and employers to the conference and thereby help educators to prepare their students for their future pathways. There’s a growing need for initiatives like our Careers in the Curriculum event, and we’re delighted it was such a success.”

Find out more about our D2N2 Careers Hub

Find out more about the East Midlands Institute of Technology

D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) covers the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire region, convening the businesses, universities, colleges and local authorities in our region to drive low carbon, economic growth and productivity, skills & careers, inclusion and delivery excellence. The D2N2 LEP team and functions will transition into the East Midlands Combined County Authority (EMCCA) during 2024. 

 

For media enquiries, contact:  

Nicola Swaney 

Head of External Affairs, D2N2 LEP  

Nicola.Swaney@d2n2lep.org  

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