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Students at Derby College have been learning about the broad career opportunities available to them in the region's rail industry.

Students from Travel and Tourism, IT, A-level, Applied Science and Business were amongst those invited to a careers day organised by Derby College at the Roundhouse campus.

The event was the latest led by the College's Rail Employment and Skills Academy in partnership with the Rail Forum East Midlands, which represents over 150 rail related businesses across the East Midlands.

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) has announced the launch of the National Training Partnership, a new skills initiative to help solve the growing demand for new talent across the rail sector.

The National Training Partnership will bring together NSAR's newly formed National Network of Colleges and Training Providers, the Training Alliance and Quality Assurance provision and will support the UK rail industry in achieving an integrated approach to education, professional development and training. Derby College is now a select member of the National Training Partnership for rail. The National Training Partnership creates a UK wide education and training supply chain to deliver apprenticeships and professional development to the UK rail industry.

A local apprentice has gained a medal in her first welding competition – hosted for the first time at Derby College's Engineering Academy in Ilkeston.

Rosie Dales (25) from Ilkeston has joined her father and grandfather in the family firm Dales Fabrications in Crompton Road Industrial Estate as an apprentice welder and attends Derby College's Ilkeston campus on day release.

Derby College is further developing its plans to create an Institute of Technology for Engineering and Professional Construction following the announcement of a Government cash boost for the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership area. The Institute is part of the £63million allocation for the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire areas which is designed to help create jobs, build homes, raise productivity, support businesses and encourage economic growth.

Rail companies from across the East Midlands will be highlighting the wide range of career opportunities available in the industry at Derby College's Roundhouse campus in Pride Park on Thursday January 26. Representatives from companies who are members of the Rail Forum East Midlands will meet existing Derby College Engineering students during the day and then young people looking at their post-16 options at an information evening between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

Rail Minister Paul Maynard MP has welcomed the launch of a new Rail Employment and Skills Academy in the East Midlands.

Engineering learners at Derby College have produced the medals that will be sported by competitors in this year's Jenson Button Trust Triathlon – one of the final tasks in their year-long programme with Derby advanced composites manufacturing business epm:technology.

A West Midlands automotive engineering company is launching a major recruitment drive to employ more than 180 young people in apprenticeship roles over the next two years. Lander Automotive based at Woodgate Business Park near Halesowen manufactures a range of products for the automotive industry.

Engineering learners at Derby College have spent a week gaining an insight into the advanced composites manufacturing business at epm:technology's £6 million manufacturing, research and development facility in Derby.

A group of 24 Derby College Engineering learners have just returned from a two-week trip to Derby's twin town of Osnabrück where they gain specialist training in robotics at a local company.

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