First Response help students thrive

Derby College students get a boost in grades

For the past couple of years First Response Finance teamed up with Derby College in order help students with their A Level Business exams.

We have a special number of staff members who share their expertise on key subjects such as recruitment or marketing through seminars at the college.

Shannon, a graduate of Derby College

The aim of the seminars we run is to help students apply the theory they are learning to real life business situations.

Students who took our seminars improved their exam grade by 8%

Students were asked to give feedback across the course of the workshops, which was used to improve sessions as they happened.

It became clear early on that students were looking for as many examples as possible of how the theory could be applied, not just for First Response. This meant we quickly adapted our content to teach them about how it works with other businesses that the students could relate to.

Work Experience

In addition to seminars we are one of Derby College’s Employer Academies which means we’re helping students with work experience opportunities.

Our work experience programme, Careers First, is designed to give students an insight into working life and prepare them for future roles.

To be eligible you must be working towards 104 UCAS points.

Work Experience Info


Once the college students get their final results they are eligible to apply for the First Response Apprenticeship Programme.

In 2017 we hired our first Derby College graduate, Shannon, on out Apprenticeship Programme.

"The workshops and talks that were given during our A Level studies were invaluable and I particularly enjoyed the work experience that was offered." - Shannon

The programme has had huge success so far with several graduates who are working their way up throughout the business.

If you are a parent and are currently looking for the best options for your child after college then read our blog on apprenticeships and what they mean for you.

Apprenticeship Info

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