Derby, United Kingdom, February 15, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Derby College has teamed up with regional companies and national organisation Career Academies UK to launch a special programme to support engineering students into the workplace.
The College has selected eight students who are in their first year of the level three Extended Diploma in Manufacturing to be part of the Engineering Career Academy.
The students, who are all based at The Roundhouse, will benefit from having an industry mentor, attending Guru Lectures and site visits and will also have a paid internship at a company this summer.
Among the businesses supporting the programme are Ilkeston-based Atlas Composites. Managing Director Shaun Moloney said: “Having taken on 15 apprentices over the years I am keen to support the Career Academy to provide practical experience to engineering students who are the future of the industry.”
Among the students selected for the Career Academy is Reece Bikow (17) from Ripley. He said: “This is a great opportunity to get practical experience as part of my course and having the opportunity to meet employers to learn more about the industry.”
Fellow student Tasleem Ramzan (20) from Derby added: “It is important to get extra experience and contacts to hopefully stand out from the crowd when applying for a job.”
The Engineering Career Academy is the second to be introduced at the College following the success of the Professional Construction Career Academy with many of the students securing jobs with civil engineering companies throughout the Midlands.”
April Hayhurst, Head of Employer Engagement at Derby College, concluded: “Career Academies are a proven way of supporting the most capable students through a work-focused programme in partnership with engineering and manufacturing employers to give them a head start in the jobs market.
“It is also beneficial to the businesses who gain the input of bright and eager young people and who they can effectively assess before committing to offering them an apprenticeship or a job.”
Sue Long, Regional Manager for Career Academies UK, said "We are delighted to collaborate with Derby College on this second Career Academy. Our model for employer engagement enriches the curriculum so that students develop the critical employability skills demanded by industry in this particularly competitive market."
Media enquiries: Sarah Jenkin-Jones, PR Officer, Derby College, Tel: 07951 945 665; email@example.com
Career Academies UK works to raise the aspirations of 16 to 19 year olds across the UK. 3,000 employee volunteers from over 1000 organisations contribute time and skills to a Career Academy – as guest speakers in the classroom, one-to-one mentors, by hosting workplace visits or paid summer internships.