Derby College Creative Arts Employer Academy


As a Creative Arts Employer Academy, Déda has joined Derby College's latest initiative to match students with local businesses and organisations – providing them with work experience, special projects, masterclasses and mentoring.

Our involvement in this innovative and exciting initiative is designed to to broaden students’ employability skills and career opportunities across the creative arts industry. 

Derby College Performing Arts students, based at the Joseph Wright Centre, are already making full use of our dance studios. As well as rehearsing and performing as part of their BTEC level two and three courses, students have been involved in various projects with us including the annual Derby Festé.

We are facilitating their learning as they gain teaching experience with our Youth groups - including working with children and young people aged four to 19 years, in a range of styles, techniques, genres and artistic forms from Ballet to Youth Acrobatics.

As an Employer Academy Déda will:

  • Enable Learners to interact with professional persons, related to their study programme, through:
  • Specialist speakers
  • Work place visits or industry relevant visits
  • One-day a week Work Placements
  • Project work; designed by the Employer
  • Attend industry specific master classes
  • Obtain real and transferrable employability skills, knowledge and practical experience
  • Have the opportunity to gain paid part-time work
  • All learners will have a guaranteed interview at the end of the course for a job or apprenticeship opportunities.

In addition Déda will:

  • Contribute to the course content to ensure industry relevant material is delivered and taught to the learners
  • Equip the learners with real employability skills, knowledge and practical experience – suited to the employer
  • Provide the Learners with company specific uniform, therefore easily identified as being part of particular Employer Academy
  • Interview the learners at the end of their course for Apprenticeship opportunities within the Employer Academy’s company
  • Take part in developing and designing the curriculum to meet their specific company needs, this could include induction training, health and safety awareness and teaching cultural values
  • Raise awareness of their organisation and the career opportunities for young people
  • Reduce the cost of training
  • Reduce the cost of recruitment
  • Develop existing staff skills knowledge through mentoring programmes

Take a look at Derby College's Website for further information on careers and courses.