The College

Activate Learning

Derby College Group (DCG) has 20,000 learners, £48 million turnover and 1,300 employees. DCG works in partnership with more than 3,000 employers in several ways from co-designing and co-delivering the curriculum to delivering a wide range of apprenticeships.

The Employer

HUUB is a wetsuit and apparel specialist with the vision to create better products combining research, science and reality.

Team HUUB has 40 years’ worth of experience in the field of endurance sports, focussing on the athlete and maximising performance and comfort.

The Partnership

Derby College Group partnered with HUUB in 2015, as part of the Employer Academies which provide students with key knowledge of the industry. The aim of this programme is to bridge the gap between education and the workplace and better prepare young people for employment.

DCG provides HUUB with the support for the Employer Academy and a platform for the company to network with other local employers. It provides the employer with prospective employees, reducing recruitment cost.

The Benefits

HUUB has brought the energy and vibrancy of an entrepreneurial business into the college. Dean Jackson, HUUB founder and owner, is a regular guest lecturer inspiring students to aim higher. He has also helped to enhance the enterprise modules within the study programmes and has brought in a range of other businesspeople who have lent their support and expertise.

Students have benefited from work placements, involvement in special projects and the opportunity to be mentored by an entrepreneur who is genuinely interested in investing in young people. Recent projects have included HUUB setting students the task of designing a new sports bag and invited one of the groups to work at HUUB over the summer holidays. The sports bag has since been adopted in the HUUB portfolio and manufacturing is due to start soon.

This partnership is also a great benefit for HUUB as Business students from DGC are included in their marketing and development work. HUUB are constantly developing the range of innovative products to enhance the performance of athletes. They relish the opportunity to share their expertise and to gain input from young, ambitious students who work alongside the team on product research and marketing for the UK and international markets.

What they say

Hear first hand from colleges and employers about their experiences.

HUUB were one of the first Employer Academies to work with the College and their support has never wavered over the years. The latest project to design a new sports bag has been a particularly outstanding success and a similar project will be undertaken this year. Dean is an incredible ambassador for the College and has also given his time to meet with FE colleagues and visitors such as the Archbishop of Canterbury to discuss the mutual benefits to the College and company of such a proactive partnership.

April Hayhurst, Deputy Principal at Derby College Group

I am Derby born and bred and committed to working with organisations such as Derby College Group to support the education of young people coming into the workplace.

Dean Jackson, founder and owner of HUUB

Want to know more?

For a collection of all the great case studies featured as part of the campaign, please check out our employer engagement prospects.

We’d also love to hear from employer about how Collab Group colleges can work with you to help fill your business needs.