Education Secretary gets a lesson in T-Level qualifications

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has visited Derby College Group (DCG) to learn more about work underway to better prepare young people for the world of work and support local companies’ skills requirements. DCG will be one of the first

colleges to offer the new T-Level qualifications in Construction, Digital and Education and Childcare from September 2020, with a particular focus on extended work experience. Ahead of the launch, DCG has

already established close links with regional employers who have co-designed the curriculum to meet their needs and provide work experience, industry visits, special projects and guest lectures for students across the college. Mr Williamson met with

employers who are heavily involved in the Employment and Skills Academy programme, such as Chamber patron RDS Global, and with apprenticeship programmes such as engineering

companies Garrandale, Rolls- Royce, SNC Lavalin, Pentaxia and Laystone. He went on to meet some of the first engineering and professional construction students and apprentices who are benefiting from the new state-of- the-art mechatronics laboratory supported by a £1.3m grant from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership. The visit included a briefing on

DCG’s involvement in the new national programme to develop best practice for supporting students with special educational needs and disabilities. Mr Williamson said: “Derby

College is playing an important role in the launch of the T-Level programme. This has been a fascinating visit and an opportunity to meet a wide range of employers, college staff, students and apprentices.” DCG Vice Principal

Kate Martin added: “The Secretary of State was very interested in the

‘Derby College is playing an important role in the launch of the T-Level programme’

Donation enriches education programme

Award-winning commercial property agency Innes England has donated money to a local primary school to fund enriching educational activities. The firm gave £2,000 to

Welbeck Primary School, in Nottingham, as part of its commitment to raising literacy levels in the city. The money will be used to fund a

‘50 things to do at Welbeck’ challenge, which is part of the school’s enrichment programme and gives the children an opportunity to experience a range of activities, including visiting the Houses of Parliament, swimming 25 metres and sleeping in a tent. As well as the financial donation,

graduate surveyors from Innes England delivered a Children’s University programme earlier this year, giving pupils from years 5 and 6 a taste of a career in building surveying. Innes England, which has offices in Nottingham, Derby

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and Leicester, chose Welbeck Primary School to receive its support due to its close proximity to the company’s Nottingham office, after an introduction by a business associate. Chairman Tim Garratt said:

“Earlier this year, we announced that we had signed the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge which means we’re actively working to close the literacy gap. “One of our guests suggested we

get in touch with Welbeck Primary School as it is practically on our doorstep. “When we visited the school, we

were very impressed with how hard the staff worked to inspire their pupils to be the best they could be.” Matthew Hannah, Managing

Director at Innes England, added: “We’re really pleased to be helping Welbeck Primary School. Our graduates enjoyed delivering the first ever Surveying Children’s University,

Tim Garratt and Matthew Hannah with youngsters at Welbeck Primary School

and we hope that our donation will help provide some rewarding experiences for the pupils.” Headteacher Rebecca Gittins

added: “We are grateful to Innes England for its generosity.

“Our Enrichment Programme is a

key element in offering every child the very best education, but it wouldn’t be possible without generous sponsorship from local businesses like Innes England.”

pioneering work that we are doing across the college. The Roundhouse College opened ten years ago and Mr Williamson was keen to learn more about the history considering his family links to the rail industry and that his father actually worked at the former loco works on this site. It

was a privilege to explain how we transformed the derelict buildings and the original Roundhouse to be at the heart of college life.”

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson tries out DCG’s mechatronics lab

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