Derby College has expanded its relationship with Derbyshire County Cricket Club with the launch of a third Employer Academy.
The Academy aims to better prepare young people for the world of work, the College said, and aims to help plug the skills gap.
There are already two well-established Cricket Derbyshire Employer Academies – focusing on Sport and Catering and Hospitality.
The Cricket Derbyshire Facilities Management Employer Academy is now providing work experience opportunities for construction students at the College’s Roundhouse and Ilkeston campuses.
“As well as providing work experience for the students, it is helping us to keeping our hospitality and events space in top condition which are a vital income generation stream for the Club throughout the year,” said Cricket Derbyshire Venue Operations Manager Jamie Guthrie.
In the other Employer Academies, sports students have been honing their cricket skills and also gaining work experience in areas such as coaching and event management.
There are also ten catering and hospitality students also working at the County Ground as part of the Cricket Derbyshire Hospitality Academy.
Derby College Director of Employer and Economic Affairs, April Hayhurst, explained that the Cricket Derbyshire Employer Academies were in response to identified skills gaps and growing job opportunities in all three sectors.
“Sport, hospitality and construction are growing sectors both locally and nationally and are key elements of the visitor economy which is a key growth area in this area identified by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership,” she said.
“By working with this and a growing number of other employers, we are shaping the curriculum to their needs and ensuring that students benefit from direct input from industry professionals in the workplace.
“This approach ensures that our students develop both the technical knowledge and the skills and attitudes that employers need – addressing skills shortages in the workplace to help businesses and organisations grow.
“It also ensures that our students are work-ready with the employability skills they need to get jobs and be successful in their future careers.”