South Derbyshire is a great place to progress your career with a diverse local economy offering a broad range of apprenticeship and employment opportunities. To help you achieve your goals, numerous training providers can be found in South Derbyshire and many more are easily accessible in neighbouring areas.

What could you be? Where could you work? Discover and explore jobs, industries and employers. Which pathway is right for you? Which courses and qualifications will help you? How can you stand out from the crowd. Advice is available to help you improve yourself and your skills, and present this in great CVs and interviews. You can also apply for placements, jobs, courses and apprenticeships.

Which subjects and qualifications might suit you?  

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Local Schools and Related

Granville Academy
Repton School
The JCB Academy
The Pingle Academy
Mercia Academy
University Technical College (UTC) Derby Pride Park

Local Colleges

Burton and South Derbyshire College
Derby College Group
SMB College Group
South Staffordshire College
More Post 16 Providers

Local Universities

Loughborough University
Nottingham Trent University
University of Derby
University of Nottingham
More Post 18 Providers

Local Training Centres

Adult Community Education Centres
Bottle Green Training
Chameleon School of Construction
DH Training
East Midlands Airport Academy


Volunteering can be beneficial in gaining experience and knowledge, enhancing self-esteem and confidence, widening social networks and improving CVs for future employment. South Derbyshire Volunteer Force can help you to volunteer and find an opportunity that matches your skills and interests, in your local area, and that meets your needs.


18% of jobs in South Derbyshire are in Manufacturing; 15% in Wholesale/retail trade and repair of motor vehicles/cycles; 9% Professional, scientific and technical; 9% Accommodation and food service; 6% Construction; 7% Transportation and storage; 2% Information and communication; 1.5% Real estate activities; and, 1% Financial and insurance. Find out more about South Derbyshire’s main business sectors, its key employers and where they are located. 88% of jobs in South Derbyshire are in the private sector. 5% of residents are self-employed. Advice and support is available to any prospective entrepreneurs thinking of starting a business.        

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Job Opportunities

Virtual Careers Fair

Employers will typically look for ‘soft skills’ as well as qualifications, for example, communication, critical thinking, leadership, positive attitude, teamwork, work ethic and adaptability. Explore personal development, CV writing and interviews.

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