LU News

It’s never too late to learn new skills, says Emp...

Health and social care provider, Routes Healthcare, is a strong believer in the motto that it’s never too late to learn new skills and is set to extend its apprenticeship and training programme. With 10 branches stretching across the north of England, the company already has 18 of its team... Read More

Open Evening in Derby – Tuesday 25 June

Leaving school this year and thinking of following the apprenticeship route? Or maybe you’re considering a career change? If you’ve ever thought about going down the route of an apprenticeship but not quite sure what it involves, why not drop in to our next Open Evening in Derby on Tuesday 25... Read More

New addition welcomed to team

The team (from left to right): Martin Thomas, Stephanie Fleming, Claire Leavesley and Alysha-Jo Smyth. A warm welcome to Stephanie Fleming, who is the newest addition to the Learning Unlimited team. Stephanie joins as Customer Service Advisor and... Read More

Laura takes on brand new role

Learning Unlimited has strengthened its team with the appointment of a new Product Development Manager. Laura Davison joins the Learning Unlimited team as the new Product Development Manager Laura Davison has taken on... Read More

Time to nominate rising stars of retail

The search is on to find the rising stars of retail in Chesterfield as the town gets set for the prestigious Chesterfield Retail Awards. Retail managers and shop owners are being called on by the event organiser, Destination Chesterfield, to nominate... Read More

How apprentices are making a difference at Bombardier

Leading rail engineering and manufacturing company, Bombardier, knows first hand the benefits of employing apprentices. Here, the company's HR Business Partner, Martin Kirk, outlines how apprentices are making a real difference. Bombardier has been recruiting apprentices for more than 10 years and sees apprenticeships as a crucial way of developing the... Read More

Apprenticeship Advice Evening: 16 April

If you’ve ever thought about going down the route of an apprenticeship but not quite sure what it involves, why not drop in to our Apprenticeship Advice Evening on Tuesday 16 April? The event at Chesterfield College will give you the chance to see what apprenticeship opportunities are available locally, and get advice... Read More

Joining forces to harness new talent

Ten new apprenticeships are to be created by Derbyshire Constabulary as part of their long commitment to developing their workforce for the future. Learning Unlimited are currently recruiting for these apprenticeship positions across different departments at the Force Headquarters in Ripley. The roles involve a variety of clerical and administrative... Read More

So this is what happens when apprentice turns master...

When Learning Unlimited's very own business admin apprentice, Josh Bown, was given the opportunity to take part in a job swap with his manager during National Apprenticeship Week, he jumped at the chance. Here he tells us just what happened and what he learned... Read More

Apprentice Josh takes on the challenge to be boss for t...

Josh and Leah prepare to switch jobs for National Apprenticeship Week. Learning Unlimited's very own apprentice Josh Bown has accepted his next big challenge and today (Thursday... Read More

Barlborough company blazes a trail to win top employer...

A Derbyshire company dedicated to supporting young talent has gained recognition during National Apprenticeship Week (4-8 March) for its commitment to apprenticeships, receiving the Employer of the Month award from Learning Unlimited. The team at UK Search Ltd, based in Barlborough, received the accolade after they were nominated by staff... Read More

‘An apprenticeship helped me kick start my career...

As Learning Unlimited gets set to mark its 10th anniversary later this year, we speak to one of the first apprentices… When Eddie West was looking for a way to kick start his career and wasn’t sure where to begin, he came to Learning Unlimited for advice. Through that conversation... Read More

Derbyshire apprentices share their experiences

Leading manufacturer, Briggs of Burton, has been awarded Learning Unlimited’s Employer of the Month for the way it has embraced its apprenticeship programme. The programme has enabled the company, which has offices in both the UK and US, to recruit high calibre apprentices that they can shape with the right... Read More

On the road to success

Derbyshire apprentice Tillie Wooliscroft is a shining example of how apprenticeships are all about grabbing the opportunity and making it work for you. Since joining Matlock-based Mobile Visual Information Systems (MVIS), Tillie has not only taken the role and made it her own but also managed to scoop the title... Read More

Lunchtime discussion to tackle training and apprentices...

Businesses across Chesterfield are invited to join a discussion over lunch about training and apprenticeships. The next meeting of Chesterfield College's Employer Advisory Board will provide the chance to network and have a chat about the training issues that matter most to businesses operating locally whether that be about apprenticeships... Read More

Learning Unlimited extends its team

Learning Unlimited has welcomed two new faces onto its team as it heads into a busy year ahead.   Business development consultant, Rachael Wood, and Partnership Account Officer, Molly Wilkins, have joined the team. Read More

Office opening hours over the festive season

Our offices will be closing for the festive period at 12 noon on Friday 21 December and will re-open on Thursday 3 January. All college based off-the-job sessions will resume during the week beginning 7 January 2019. While the offices are closed there will be no one on site to... Read More

Rosie’s progress from apprentice to mentor is a w...

When Rosie Allison joined Derwent Rural Counselling Services as an apprentice, little did she imagine that she would be recruiting apprentices herself just a few years later. It’s testament to the fact that the Derbyshire charitable trust has truly embraced its apprenticeship programme since it recruited Rosie five years ago.... Read More

Apprenticeship leads to more opportunities for Chloe

It's been a year of success for health and beauty apprentice Chloe Hall. It’s been quite a year for health and beauty apprentice, Chloe Hall.... Read More

Awards celebrate commitment to apprenticeships

Apprentices and employers from... Read More

Finalists get set for their big night

Finalists have been announced and the countdown has begun as apprentices and employers gear up for Learning Unlimited’s National Apprentice Awards, which are now just days away. The winning names will be unveiled on Thursday (22 December) during the ceremony at Pond’s Forge in Sheffield, which is being compered by TV personality and journalist, Helen... Read More

Training initiative to help businesses boost skills

A new package for those wanting to deliver training in the workplace or classroom is being launched by Learning Unlimited to help businesses boost the skills of their workforce in a completely different way. With... Read More

Join us at the National Apprenticeship Awards

Will you be joining us for the National Apprenticeship Awards on 22 November? The evening of glitz and glamour at Pond’s Forge in Sheffield sets out to celebrate national apprenticeships and recognise the hard work, dedication and commitment made by organisations over the past year. The shortlist has been completed... Read More

Higher apprenticeship leads to promotion for James

After leaving school at 18, James Bateman, never dreamed he'd see the day when he would be graduating. But now he's not only graduated with a diploma in leadership and management, but has seen his career go from strength to strength due to his studies. He joined the police force straight after school and... Read More

Danielle’s new qualification has helped her progress in...

After completing her own apprenticeship, it's only fitting that Danielle Jones is now helping others follow their dream career. Danielle Jones at her graduation ceremony The 22-year-old graduated from a Level 4... Read More

Event to offer advice for apprentices

Ever wondered what an apprenticeship... Read More

Graduation ceremony celebrates success of higher appren...

Higher apprentices celebrated their achievements during a special graduation ceremony in Chesterfield, watched on by family and friends. The event saw learners receive their university level qualifications gained with Learning Unlimited, part of... Read More

Event to raise awareness of engineering opportunities

Learning Unlimited will be joining a prestigious list of internationally known organisations exhibiting at The Apprentice Engineer Show on Wednesday (31 October) at the Roundhouse in Derby. The Derby team will be joining the line-up that include the likes of Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, JCB, Toyota, Network Rail, and The... Read More

Woodhead Group Scoop Employer of the Month

Nottinghamshire construction and development company, Woodhead Group, has scooped Learning Unlimited’s Employer of the Month award for its commitment to supporting young talent. The family-owned company that operates across the East Midlands and South Yorkshire, earned the title after demonstrating consistent dedication to developing its workforce through apprenticeships. That strong commitment... Read More

Commitment to apprenticeships earns Alphaweld the title...

Fabrication and welding specialist, Alphaweld has shown a long standing commitment to developing the next generation through apprenticeships. This has earned them the title of Learning Unlimited’s Employer of the Month for August. The company, based in rural Derbyshire, have a 30 year history of developing people with the right... Read More

Apprentice helps school to beat fundraising target

In a fitting way to end her Level 2 Business Administration apprenticeship at Blackwell Community Primary and Nursery School, Amy Flint, organised a summer fair which helped the Derbyshire school beat all previous fundraising targets at the same time as helping them on their way to the Food for... Read More

Apprentice vacancies at Chesterfield development

Four aspiring tradespeople could soon commence their construction careers as triple HBF 5 star housebuilder, William Davis Homes announces vacancies at its Skylarks development in Chesterfield. Young people aged 16 and over from Chesterfield and the neighbouring area are encouraged to apply for the trade apprenticeships currently available with William... Read More

David Nieper Academy named as Employer of the Month for...

The David Nieper Academy, in Alfreton, Derbyshire, has embraced apprenticeships to develop their school team. This approach has earned them the title of Learning Unlimited’s Employer of the Month for June. The school works in partnership with Learning Unlimited to highlight apprenticeship opportunities to students and also has five teaching... Read More

Outstanding employers and apprentices bring home awards

Outstanding employers and apprentices were given special recognition as part of the Chesterfield College Group Celebration of Achievement Awards ceremony. The event, held at the Proact Stadium and hosted by Peak FM’s breakfast show presenters Ricky Durkin and Becky Hayes, recognised the personal and academic achievements of students at all... Read More

Bramble Lodge’s commitment to training and developing s...

Bramble Lodge Residential Care Home, near Ilkeston in Derbyshire, has been named as our Employer of the Month for May.  Their commitment to training and developing staff  and the way they work in partnership with Learning Unlimited is exemplary and has benefited the business, the staff and the residents... Read More

20% off the job training: how to make the most of it.

In 2015 the Government set out that it was mandatory for 20% of any apprenticeship to include off-the-job training to help ensure quality.  Without it, apprentices can’t successfully complete their qualification and employers could fall foul of funding rules. It is vital that employers and apprentices understand how to... Read More

Sherwood Electronics named Employer of the Month for Ap...

Sherwood Electronics Ltd, leading supplier and manufacturer of standard and bespoke cable assemblies, based in Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire has been named as our Employer of the Month for April. The company has a track record of embracing apprenticeships and developing staff to fit strategically with the growth of the company.... Read More

Wilson Howe named as Learning Unlimited Employer of the...

Wilson Howe Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors are a small business with big plans and their apprentices are an integral part of their growth strategy. They see apprentices as an investment for the future and they are really looking after that investment. It is the way they nurture their... Read More

Apprenticeships will be in the hotseat during National...

To coincide with  National Apprenticeship Week  we will be broadcasting a live 30 minute programme on 8th March at 11am to give school pupils, teachers and parents the chance to find out everything there is to know about how apprenticeships work. Our expert panel of apprentices, employers and staff from Learning... Read More

Cullum Detuners named as Employer of the Month

Specialist engineering company Cullum Detuners were named as Employer of the Month recently after being recognised for their passion, commitment and supportive approach to developing young people through apprenticeships. Nas Anwar, HR Assistant at Cullum Detuners told us why apprenticeships are so important to them. She said: “We see apprenticeships as... Read More

Fox’s Biscuits see English as key ingredient to success

11 members of staff at Fox’s Biscuits production facility in Batley have undergone an ESOL course (English for Speakers of Other Languages) through Learning Unlimited leading to boosted staff morale and potential progression through the business. More courses are now planned to run as the business makes a big... Read More

Higher Apprentices celebrate their graduation

Higher Apprentices celebrated achieving university level qualifications when they attended Chesterfield College group graduation ceremony at Casa Hotel in Chesterfield last week.   Family and friends joined the graduates at the celebration along with representatives from awarding body universities including Staffordshire University, Sheffield Hallam University and University of Derby. Read More

Apprentice shortlisted in Derbyshire Times Business Awa...

Former apprentice now full time employee at Glapwell Engineering Services Ltd, Joe Oakes, has been shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year in the Derbyshire Times Business Awards taking place this evening at the Casa Hotel in Chesterfield. Joe was nominated because of the outstanding commitment he showed during his apprenticeship... Read More

A Rock Construction recognised for their commitment to...

A Rock Construction Ltd have been crowned Employer of the Month for September 2017. The construction company, based in Chesterfield, specialise in design, build and property maintenance. They were recognised for their dedication and commitment to providing numerous opportunities for their apprentices. HR and Training Project Manager, Joyce Miles said:... Read More

Apprentices pass with flying colours at Derbyshire Cons...

Apprentices at Derbyshire Constabulary celebrate great start to their career Eleven talented young people are celebrating after completing their apprenticeships with Derbyshire Constabulary. A special ceremony was held at the force’s headquarters in Ripley last week where... Read More

Sulzer named as first Learning Unlimited Employer of th...

Electrical engineering company, Sulzer is the first to be named as our Employer of the month in an initative which is designed to reward organisations which show a high level of commitment to the apprenticeship model and go above and beyond to get the most out of their apprentices... Read More

Exciting opportunity for budding chefs to work across t...

The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s estate, which includes the famous local attraction of Chatsworth, is offering seven fantastic apprenticeships, to young people with a passion for food and a desire to train as chefs. The successful apprentices will get the opportunity to work across the Devonshire Group’s  three acclaimed... Read More

A chance to shine at the National Apprenticeship Awards

If you’ve got an inspirational story to tell about the success apprenticeships have brought you, the National Apprenticeship Awards could be the perfect way to get some recognition for them. The 2017 awards are now open for nominations. The judges are looking for employers and apprentices who have shown an... Read More

Employers are invited to shape the skills of the next g...

Employers and key stakeholders from across the health, leisure, education and public service sectors will gather together on 16th May to help shape and influence the skills Chesterfield College Group will deliver to the workforce of the future. The event allows employers and key stakeholders to highlight which skills are... Read More

Learning Unlimited seeks training providers for nationa...

Learning Unlimited, part of the Chesterfield College Group, is currently seeking training providers to join a preferred supplier list for the delivery of apprenticeship training where it cannot be delivered in-house. Read More

Awards ceremony celebrates apprenticeships in Derbyshir...

Apprentices and employers from across Derbyshire were recognised for excellence at Learning Unlimited’s awards ceremony held at Pride Park in Derby last night. There were 30 shortlisted apprentices and employers across the 11 categories of awards. The award categories were designed to celebrate the dedication and drive of apprentices at... Read More

Survey reveals parent power can unlock the potential of...

Learning Unlimited say parents could hold the power to help their children make the right career and study choices. They have pledged to help them get the right information after the findings of their survey highlighted that misconceptions about modern apprenticeships could mean young people aren’t getting the right... Read More

Chesterfield College Group welcomes new Principal and C...

Julie Richards, Deputy Principal of Chesterfield College, commences in her new role as Principal and Chief Executive of The Chesterfield College Group, which includes Learning Unlimited, today. Julie, who was born and has lived in Chesterfield her entire life, has worked in Further Education for almost 30 years. She has... Read More

Apprenticeship Service launched for levy paying employe...

In preparation for the launch of the apprenticeship levy on 6 April this year, we are encouraging all of our levy-paying employers to register for the online Apprenticeship Service. This is a useful tool that will enable you to manage the finances of your apprenticeship programme under the new... Read More

More Derby office open evening dates announced!

Our Derby office have been really busy at the last two open evenings so we've decided to put some more on for anyone looking to find out more about becoming an apprentice or taking an apprentice on. Tuesday 21st March 2017 5.30pm – 8.00pm Tuesday 9th May 2017 5.30pm –... Read More

Working with..Fieldings Porter Solicitors

Our Manchester team have been working closely with Bolton based Fieldings Porter Solicitors to provide a number of business admin apprentices to support the business. Here's what Peter, one of the firm's partners has to say about the whole experience.   Read More

Boosting English skills for staff gives Kerry Foods une...

When bosses at Burton based Kerry Foods offered their multi-ethnic workforce the chance to improve their English skills they knew it would help with productivity, communications and team work but, what they didn’t expect was the boost to morale it provided along with opportunities for succession planning and promotion. Staff... Read More

Automotive apprentices ready to compete at WorldSkills...

Later this week three talented automotive apprentices from Chesterfield College will be heading to Birmingham to compete in the auto-refinishing and repair categories of Worldskills UK at the NEC. Automotive Body Repair apprentices Harry Devine and Shawn Dyson and Automotive Refinishing apprentice Mike Massey will take part in the annual... Read More

A night of winners at the Chesterfield Food and Drink A...

What a night at the Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards last week! Not only was it a very inspiring evening full of impressive businesses setting a very high standard in catering and hospitality but we had not 1, not 2, but... Read More

Take advantage of fully funded training before April 20...

The Employer Engagement Team at Learning Unlimited are urging employers to take a look at their skill gaps to identify how they might be able to take advantage of the free training for staff before the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy next April. Apprenticeships will no longer be fully funded by... Read More

Chief Constable welcomes 11 new apprentices to Derbyshi...

Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary, Mick Creedon welcomed 11 new apprentices to the organisation this week. The talented 16-19 year olds will be kick-starting their careers by carrying out business and administration roles in a range of departments supporting the work of the police force from crime support to human... Read More

Open Evening at our Derby centre, Tues 01 Nov, 5.30-8pm

Come and speak to our advisors at the Learning Unlimited centre in Derby, located on Pride Park. We have 100s of apprenticeship vacancies across Derbyshire. Take a tour of our state-of-the-art training facility Get free careers advice Find out how you... Read More

Apprentice shortlisted as trainee of the year in presti...

Talented apprentice, Greg Kasowicz is celebrating after being told he has been shortlisted as trainee of the year in the prestigious British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Awards. Bosses at Derbyshire based Gowercroft Joinery nominated him after the work he did led to massive business benefits for them. Greg’s role in revolutionising... Read More

Megan’s commitment to a career in childcare makes her a...

Megan Cameron battled against the school bullies and difficult personal circumstances to make sure she got the training and skills she needed for her dream job in childcare. Her hard work and determination meant she was awarded as Apprentice of the Year at Chesterfield College’s annual Celebration of Achievement. Megan’s... Read More

Upcoming Open Events

Open days at Learning Unlimited Derby, Unit 15-21, Royal Scot Road, Derby, DE24 8AJ: Wednesday 29th June Tuesday 12th July Monday 15th August Come along and find out about what an apprenticeship or traineeship involves, speak with tutors, current apprentices and advisors who can let you know what vacancies are available... Read More

Careers Fair – Are you looking for a new challeng...

11th February, 4-7pm Chesterfield College, Infirmary Road campus, S41 7NG Learning Unlimited, part of the Chesterfield College Group, is currently looking to meet a range of talented people looking to secure roles as Work-Based Tutors, Business Advisors, Recruitment Advisors and Sales Advisors. Learning Unlimited is the employer engagement arm of the College,... Read More

Nottinghamshire emerges as transport and logistics hub

Nottinghamshire is fast becoming the Transport and Logistics hub for the country as local industry has experienced remarkable growth, whist the rest of the country has failed to follow suit. According to a report conducted by Invest Ashfield & Mansfield, Nottinghamshire’s Transportation and Logistics industry experienced unrivalled growth of 7.9... Read More