Nominations across the 15 award categories for the Derby Telegraph Business Awards have now been handed over to the category sponsors who will be responsible for selecting their three finalists. Set to have one of the toughest jobs ahead of them is headline sponsor, Derby College, who have placed their backing behind the most prolific award at the event, the Company of the Year.
The award recognises Derby’s business elite who have performed outstandingly throughout the year and have a strong presence in the region.
Speaking of their association with the category, April Hayhurst, the Deputy Principal at Derby College said: “Company of the year is judged on all sorts of aspects of their operations and we felt that this category best reflected the broad spectrum of Derby College’s work with the business community and positive impact that this has to the local economy.”
She continued: “The Derby Telegraph Business Awards celebrate success and encourage the whole of the business community to aim high. This is the third year that we have sponsored company of the year and we continue to be impressed with the calibre and entrepreneurial spirit that is so prevalent amongst the Derby and Derbyshire business community.”
Derby College – which is one of England’s largest colleges with more than 25,000 learners – offers many courses for many levels including school leavers (16-18) and apprenticeships, as well as higher education undergraduate courses.
Graded ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features for its work with employers by Ofsted, and commended as ‘a valued resource for the city of Derby and county of Derbyshire, providing an inclusive and welcoming environment and high-quality facilities’, it is clear the impact the college has, and the value it holds within the region.
Such an intrinsic part of Derby’s education industry, the college are constantly seeking-out new ways to improve and support governmental schemes. Sharing insight into what the near future holds for the college, April said: “A key focus for us is to continue to work with businesses of all sizes to support them with addressing current and future skills shortages by ensuring the Apprenticeship Levy delivers the bespoke training that they require in an innovative and addresses their specific needs.
She continued: “The breadth of our expertise through our Roundhouse Corporate teams – focusing on commercial training, recruitment and apprenticeships – ensures we have a joined-up approach to workplace training and apprenticeships. This enables us to work in collaboration to provide training and skills that are fit for purpose to address current and potential skills gaps.”