ANOTHER employer academy has been added to Derby College’s portfolio of links between itself and businesses, which are intended to benefit students’ job prospects.
The latest company to form a partnership is web and software development company iBox Security, which is based in the city’s Cathedral Quarter.
The firm has an apprenticeship programme, offers internships to university and college students and works with Derby City Council to support IT and coding teaching through schools and libraries.
The iBox Web and Programme Development Academy is the next step in the company’s commitment to skills development, according to managing director Sean Price.
He said: “Our industry faces similar challenges to those in construction and engineering. Although young people have the interest in and passion for technology, they often do not come out of college or university with the up-to-date skills that are relevant and viable in a business environment.
“Web and software development are fast-moving and are led by industry rather than the education sector. We relish the opportunity to work with the college to ensure students have the skills and attitudes we need as employers.
“We will be offering master classes for IT students, work placements for academy members and everyone will be guaranteed an interview for jobs and apprenticeships at the end of the course. We envisage taking on one or two young people as part of our expansion plans.”
Other employer academies are: Atlas Building and Groundworks Academy; Cricket Derbyshire Hospitality Academy; Cricket Derbyshire Sports Academy; Derby Telegraph Media Sales Academy; EPM Technology Advanced Composites Academy; Huub Marketing and Product Development Academy; and The Finesse Collection Professional Cookery Academy.
Interviews with employers are being held and the first students will join the academies this month. This will be followed by recruitment in October for September 2016.
For details about the academy programme, call 0800 0280289 or visit www.derby-college.ac.uk.