The Chesterfield College Group is a leading provider of further education, higher education, apprenticeships and professional training, with a national reputation for the quality of our provision and the high standards of customer service and support we offer.

Chesterfield College is located near to the town centre of Chesterfield and attracts students from across South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. The college is very much at the heart of the community it serves and provides a range of courses that aim to offer a route into education and training for everyone, whatever level they are working at. The college works closely with local employers and researches labour marketing information and industry projections to ensure that the curriculum offer reflects the needs of the area.

This ensures that our students enrol on a course that has clear pathways to further study and/or employment opportunities once they leave us. Learning Unlimited is the employer engagement arm of the organisation, with offices and training centres in key strategic locations throughout the country.

At present, Learning Unlimited has teams based in Chesterfield, Nottingham, Derby, Birmingham and Manchester, working with over 1,900 different employers ranging from sole traders and SMEs to national companies and global brands. In the past two years we have provided apprenticeships and other work-based training to Nestle, Bombardier, the Post Office, Royal Mail, the NHS, Balfour Beatty, Tarmac and Derbyshire County Council. Learning Unlimited is one of the biggest providers of apprenticeships in the country, currently delivering 55 different frameworks across a wide range of industries.

In total, the Chesterfield College Group has over 10,000 students and apprentices enrolled on a classroom course or work-based training. Our achievement rates are 2.1% above the national average for 16-18 year olds and 2.9% above the national average for adults. Our apprenticeship achievement rates are 3.5% above the national benchmark (and 16.4% above the national benchmark for Learning Unlimited Derby students). 98.9% of all classroom-based students and 93.9% of all work-based students, progress to a positive destination when they leave us (paid employment or further study).

In 2016 we were placed joint third in the country by FE Week, based on learner satisfaction, employer satisfaction, destination data and apprenticeship growth.

To access detailed information on our performance, you can visit the Education and Skills Funding Agency website to check all ESFA performance tables.

Our Mission:
“Inspiring Futures, Changing Lives”

Our Vision:
“To be recognised locally and nationally as an outstanding college by the students, employers and communities we serve.”

We place our students at the centre of everything we do which is reflected in our five strategic priorities:


Strategic intent: Customer excellence, talented people, outstanding services

Our commitment to developing our people, creating a workforce with the knowledge, skills and commitment to deliver outstanding services for our students. Highly-skilled, professional and creative staff continually support our students, employers and the wider community to develop skills and maximise potential within a supportive, aspirational and entrepreneurial environment.



Strategic intent: Developing skills, achieving excellence, inspiring success

High quality teaching and learning, a rich and diverse offer for students to undertake wider learning, experience of the world of work and the development of employability skills (including maths and English) will be at the heart of our plans to ensure that every student reaches their potential. Our innovative student and employer-driven curriculum will provide the technical and professional skills needed to be successful in the workplace, and our drive for excellence will ensure that students maximise their potential to achieve high grades.



Strategic intent: Responsive, ambitious, educational business

Responding to the needs of our students and wider community by ensuring our provision provides pathways to employment, further or higher education. We will directly align our offer to the skills requirements of employers and needs of the local and regional economy, enhancing the region’s economic competitiveness. Our continued growth and the development of new services will be based on high quality and the strong relationships we have with our community and stakeholders.



Strategic intent: Financially sound, equipped to flourish

Creating a sustainable platform for our financial health, providing safety and security for our future organisation, and providing funds to support our future plans. We will ensure that we are able to invest in our resources and technology to provide an outstanding experience for all our students and stakeholders, allowing them to flourish and maximise their potential. Our wider strategy will ensure that we develop and engage students and employers in learning opportunities that support our prosperity.



Strategic intent: Driving ambition, enabling progression, maximising potential

A shared ambition to ensure all students aim high, succeed and prosper to the best of their ability in education, work and life. A high performing culture which fosters the development of a network of educational and training excellence, raising aspirations, tracking progress and providing support where needed. Our teachers will educate and inspire students to reach further and maximise their potential during and beyond their programme of study.

Our Culture and Values

The Chesterfield College Group is an education business with the needs of our customers at the centre of our vision, our plans and our day-to-day operations. We respond positively to the needs of our students and customers, welcome everyone with a positive attitude, and strive for excellence in everything we do. We care about our organisation, our customers and each other, and take great pride in the respect, trust, honesty and care we share within our learning community. To ensure that we always meet the highest standards of customer service excellence, we value, develop and celebrate:

• Teamwork • Respect • Positivity • Praise and thanks • Communication • Role modelling

We believe that our students and customers should enjoy an outstanding experience, developing knowledge, skills and behaviours during their learning to equip them for success in their chosen careers. We believe that all staff should contribute to improving the experience we provide to our students and customers, treating everyone on an equal basis whilst celebrating diversity. We believe the college should be a safe and welcoming place to study and work, and provide a place that promotes ambition, progress and achievement for all.

Key dates:

College Calendar 2018/19

College Calendar 2019/20

Below you can find some of our key policies and procedures:

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Meet the Management Team

Meet the team that make our key decisions.

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Our Corporation help to make the key decisions which impact on the direction of the Chesterfield College Group.

Accessing our facilities

Here is Disabled-Go's overview of our facilities you may like to read prior to visiting us.