An exciting year of learning lies ahead for the Ripley and Heanor teens moving into brand new Derby College campus at Ilkeston.
The £10 million campus, which was officially opened on Friday, will play host to around 800 students on curriculums ranging from construction to hairdressing.
Kelly Ann Maguire, 17, of Western Drive, Heanor, is one of those moving into the bright new facilities on a childcare and education diploma this month. She said: “The new campus, I really prefer it to the old one, it’s a lot more modern with more space so I’m really enjoying it.”
And Rajdeep Kaur, 19, of Roper Avenue, Heanor, says more young people are moving towards the vocational style courses on offer at the Pimlico, Ilkeston, based campus. She undertakes work experience at all day nurseries as part of the same course.
“You need knowledge, but you need to know practise side as well,” she said.”
Derby College principal Mandie Stravino said the site will be “about making sure people are ready and prepared for the world of work.”