Work Experience and Progression Mentor

Derby College Group (DCG) have a brilliant opportunity to join a vibrant team who proactively encourage and nurture students to deploy effective behaviours and attitudes, fostering understanding of the world of work, and preparing them as professionals and as social contributors in life.

The Opportunity

You will develop partnerships with external stakeholders and utilise their expertise to inform how best to prepare students for careers in their chosen industry to support students into positive progression destinations. You will be planning and arranging a programme of activities in collaboration with employers and curriculum to enable students to access appropriate and relevant work experience opportunities. Activities will include placements, industry insight sessions, guest speakers, employer-led projects, CV and mock interviews sessions, industry visits, mentoring sessions, and voluntary work designed to develop necessary skills for employment. You will also follow up employer leads produced by the Employer Partnership Team, and contact current and new employers to source/secure work placement and work experience opportunities to match the requirements of students and their targets for progression.

About you

It is essential within this role to have exceptional organisational and time management skills, and to be able to work collaboratively with students, employers, curriculum, and other college teams and colleagues to provide a range of appropriate and meaningful work experience opportunities that have value and meet the needs of students and employers.

The Benefits

  • 34 days holiday (inclusive of 8 bank holidays and 6 closure days where these occur)
  • Membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme with a 19.5% employer contribution
  • Free onsite parking
  • Discount at our Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ onsite Little Explorers Nursery
  • TOTUM discount card (aka NUS/Student Discount Card) / discounted Tastecard
  • Discounts on East Midlands Railway Annual Season Tickets
  • Microsoft Office for FREE with 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage
  • Discount on treatments at SENSI our onsite salon at the Roundhouse
  • Flint Bishop Solicitors – free will writing, 1-hour free consultation with family department, 10% discount on Conveyancing services
  • Continuous development and progression opportunities

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace which promotes and values diversity. We welcome all talent irrespective of age, disability, neuro-divergence, sex, gender identity and gender expression, race, ethnicity, religion, belief, sexual orientation or other personal circumstances. We ensure that our policies and procedures treat all applicants consistently and fairly during our recruitment process. 

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, reasonable adjustments, or about the role, please contact us at

Safeguarding statement

DCG is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. An online search of the preferred candidate is completed to help to identify any incidents or issues that have happened, and are publicly available online, which the college may need to explore with the candidate further. Please be advised that it is an offence to apply for this position if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children.

Recruitment Agencies - We have a PSL of trusted partners to assist us when required and do not acknowledge any speculative CVs or unsolicited candidate introductions from agencies not on this list.

Please note that unfortunately, this role is ineligible for sponsorship under the UK Visas & Immigration points-based immigration system. Applications are welcome from candidates who do not currently have the right to work in the UK but would be eligible to obtain a valid visa via another route.  Please consult the Home Office website for further information.

Job Description

For further information about the role please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.