Key College is a part of YMCA Derbyshire. We provide a safe, secure and flexible environment for young people aged 16 -19 (up to 24 in some instances) gain accredited qualifications. Our young people also develop personal and work related skills for employment.

Courses take place at our campuses based in Derby, Ilkeston and Chesterfield.

At Key College we believe that every young person should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. We simply provide suitable learning courses, the right environment and highly qualified and dedicated Tutors to make sure this happens.

Students often arrive at Key College with low self-esteem and confidence, learning difficulties, background of homelessness or mental health issues. There is a reason mainstream education has not worked out for them. We are here to give them that second chance.

After enrolling at Key College, we assess each individual student and tailor learning to suit their needs.

We are proud to be an Ofsted “GOOD” rated training provider. In our latest report (January 2017) attention was drawn to;

“Good quality teaching, learning and assessment, supporting learners  to progress well”.

“Staff provide a caring, supportive, environment for learners. This enables them to overcome barriers to learning, raising their aspirations and life chances”.

“Learners make good progress with their learning. A large majority go on to further education and training or jobs after their study programme”.

To view our Ofsted report please click here.

View our Education Prospectus here.

Students leave Key College ready for employment; we focus young minds and move them towards independence.

We also provide alternative provision working with specialised schools. This includes, hospitality and catering, childcare, functional skills for more information about the work we currently do or to enquire about the services we could offer your school please get in touch – training@ymcaderbyshire.org.uk  or 01332 579573. 

Our Impact

Trianing for adults and businesses

We don’t just support young people. We provide training for individuals who want to upskill themselves to become TA’s or Teachers, Health & Safety, Prevent & Safeguarding, Food Safety and Food Hygiene courses are also very popular with businesses.