University aims to forge link with local business in Chesterfield

The University of Derby says it wants to try and help grow local businesses in Chesterfield.

An event took place at the St Helena campus this morning inviting employers to see how they can work with staff and students there.

It provided a chance for businesses in the area to  see what support the university can offer them in terms of funding, finding graduates with the skills to help businesses grow and helping to develop employees’ knowledge and skills.

Associate Pro Vice Chancellor Julie Stone said: "We see ourselves as an anchor institution to support our economy, to help develop the workforce.

"Therefore coming along to Chesterfield today is really getting to know those businesses a little more and understanding their needs."

Dom Stevens from business group Destination Chesterfield, believes the university has provided a boost to the area: "The university is launching more and more business courses that will happen here and more engagement as well as incubation units for new businesses looking to start up.

"We want to be able to develop the people that live here to be able to get the jobs and move forward in life, as well as attracting new businesses in and being able to develop the skills they need alongside their investment."

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