Our Vision

Inclusive, inspirational and innovative learning communities: predicting and serving the needs of our learners, the economy and society.     


Helping to shape lives, the community and the economy

The world is a fast changing place. The Derbyshire economy faces specific challenges but is also well placed to embrace future opportunities.

As the UK’s ‘Capital for Innovation’, Derby is home to global giants including Rolls-Royce plc and Bombardier, with Toyota located close to the city centre.

A strong supply chain and sector clustering means a high proportion of the workforce is employed in high-tech functions, four times the national average, yet Derby also faces concerns in dealing with skills shortages and high levels of deprivation across some wards in the city.

Across the Derby College Group we aspire to be an inclusive, inspirational and innovative learning community.

Inclusivity is a crucial element of both our purpose and strategic intent. To meet the needs of all members of our civic society we must ensure that our provision enhances the lives of all, from those lacking basic life and work skills to those requiring progression facilitated by higher education and higher vocational skills training.

Improving skills is critical to meeting business needs, raising productivity and increasing employment. Every individual, and employer, must receive an inspirational journey with us. We will provide inspiration for all those who choose to engage with us, helping them to achieve their potential and be the best they possibly can be.

From our strategic consultation and conversations, there was endemic recognition of the necessity for innovation and therefore inspiration and creativity. Our resolve to transform into an innovative organisation, and maintain our position as the primary provider in our city and county, relies on us thinking differently and using innovation in our day-to-day work to ensure our strategic ambitions are realised.

Derby College is an approved partner of the University of Derby.

The University of Derby is a Top 50 UK university* and provides students with the best possible start in their careers through excellent teaching, delivered in cutting-edge facilities by staff who are experts in their field. 96% of University of Derby students are in work or further study within six months of completing their degree**.

*The Guardian University Guide 2017
** HESA 2016, graduating class over 2000

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