About Key College

Unlocking the door to your future.

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

Ofsted, 2017

Who We Are

At campuses in Derby, Ilkeston and Chesterfield we provide a range of accredited training courses for young people aged 16-19 and aged 14 to 24 in some instances.

We simply provide suitable learning courses, the right environment and highly qualified and dedicated tutors.

We are proud of our links with many local businesses, enabling us to offer our learners relevant practical work experience and volunteer opportunities. Our Project Alfie programme (ymcaderbyshire.org.uk/project-alfie-seeks-local-employers) sees us working with employers across the county to help create opportunities for our young people to experience the world of work.

Why Study at YMCA Key College?

▶ Small class sizes
▶ Tailored learning
▶ Graduation ceremonies
▶ Relaxing break-out rooms
▶ Relaxed and friendly atmosphere

YMCA Key College are immensely proud of the results our young learners achieve whilst studying with us. In the past twelve months, our results show that we are currently performing 9.4% above the national benchmark when measured with providers who keep young people in education. Alongside this, our overall achievement rate of young people obtaining qualifications is 1.3% above the national benchmark.

What do we offer?

▶ Free Meals* – we provide breakfast and lunches
▶ Bursaries*
▶ Resources provided, including uniforms where appropriate e.g. “chef whites”
▶ Help with travel costs to and from our campuses (e.g. bus/train fares)
▶ Help with job searches, applications, CVs and preparing for interviews
▶ Access to various work experience and volunteer opportunities
* where eligible

Our Team

Our highly qualified and experienced team have been delivering a quality training provision across Derby and Derbyshire for over 10 years.


Gill Anthony

Training and Education Manager for Ilkeston and Chesterfield

Rebecca Lauder

Training & Education Manager

Julia Hodder

Head of Training and Education

Gary Lambert

Senior Training and Education Manager