Partnership Scores for Both Sides

Derby, United Kingdom, September 25, 2010 --( Derby College has teamed up with Derby Rugby Club to provide construction students with valuable work experience – carrying out maintenance projects at the Haslam’s Lane clubhouse.

Full time students have so far completed painting and decorating at the clubhouse entrance way. Imminent projects will include further decorating and brickwork repairs to outbuildings at the ground.

Derby College Lecturer Gary Mangnall explained: “The Rugby Club is effectively the students’ working classroom – giving the young people work experience outside College and reinforcing their skills in a different environment.

“The partnership with the Rugby Club is part of our community-based programme, using our skills to support organisations that are integral to the local community.

“We have worked at clubs throughout the East Midlands over the past year and as a result of this work, six of our learners last year gained placements and have now come back to College this year as apprentices.

Derby Rugby Club Chairman Martyn Murney said: “This is a win-win situation for both organisations – matching our needs with the skills of the students at the College.

“As a thriving Rugby Club at both junior and senior level, our clubhouse is extremely busy and inevitably requires internal and external maintenance work.

“It is wonderful that we can now call upon the services of Derby College to meet those needs.”

Derby College
Sarah Jenkin-Jones
01332 387426