Business link-up to ‘energise’ Derby College students

April 25, 2016 7:34 am

DERBY College has linked up with two renewable energy firms to give students an insight into career opportunities in the industry.

SASIE Ltd specialises in the development, installation and training within renewable energies, while Lindhurst Engineering recovers energy from waste.

Both companies will be organising site visits and master classes for A-level, engineering, electrical, plumbing and IT students based at Derby College’s Roundhouse and Ilkeston campuses over the coming months.

Current first year students and those enrolling at the college over the summer will then be invited to apply to become part of the SASIE & Lindhurst Renewable Energy Academy, which will launch in September.

The academy will be part of the college’s Employer Academy programme, which aims to boost students’ employability skills and job prospects.

It also gives employers the opportunity to shape the college curriculum and reduce their costs for recruiting young people into job and apprenticeship roles after their college course.

Lindhurst Engineering managing director Martin Rigley said the link-up was a fantastic opportunity for Derby College students.

He said: “We have secured Government and European funding to develop five test sites across Europe, including with the University of Nottingham, which will revolutionise the treatment of waste and convert the bio gas produced into electricity.

“Once we go to market for this technology, we envisage that at least 50 jobs will be created locally and these will include a large proportion of apprenticeships with a view to the future talent pipeline.

“Derby College has developed a great model with the Employer Academies and businesses need to be prepared to invest in young people to involve, invigorate them and show them the career opportunities available to them in this industry.”

Mo Kelly, managing director of SASIE Engineering, added: “We have also won European and National funding for the development of its own Renewable MonoEnergy solution for Low Temp District Heating.

“The industry is growing rapidly and it is therefore crucial that we work proactively with young people to ensure we have the skilled workforce in place to take advantage of the growth both in the UK and across the world.

“As installers and a training provider, we are looking to expand our workforce with apprenticeships and it makes sense to be working with Derby College students to engage with them as they embark on the next stage of their training.”

Derby College business development director April Hayhurst said the possibilities through the SASIE & Lindhurst Renewable Energy Academy were “very exciting” for students.

She said: “As a college, our mission is to work proactively with employers to ensure that the curriculum we have in place today will meet their needs in the future.

“Working alongside these two businesses at the cutting edge of a high growth industry will benefit both businesses and our students and we look forward to developing the special programme for Academy members over the coming months.”

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