Virtual reality headsets allowed guests at EMA Training’s new office to access a pioneering career discovery platform which provided information about careers to suit their personality.
The technology was available during an open day at the new state-of-the-art digital hub, which has opened in the former home of the Derby Telegraph, in Siddals Road.
The move into the new office, which was officially opened by businesswomen Eileen Richards MBE, comes after EMA Training expanded from 10 members of staff to 30 in just two years.
EMA Training chief executive officer, Tracey Mosley, said: “We are thrilled to finally throw open the doors of our brand-new digital hub in the heart of Derby city centre.
“We have invested £75,000 in upgrading this office space, with break-out areas, exam suites and networking facilities, which shows our commitment to the city and in keeping our learners local.
“We have worked hard to create a collaborative, innovative working space that supports the new hybrid way of working and which will allow us to form more long-term partnerships in the region and in turn make a meaningful impact on our students and the local business community.
“People are at the heart of everything we do and investing in this office space allows us to nurture those professional working relationships and invest in the emerging and existing talents of our young people.”
All the rooms have been named after well-known apprentices, including Karren Brady, Ian McKellen and Stella McCartney, and breakout areas have beanbags, table tennis and Subbuteo.
As well as taking a glimpse of the new facilities, guests were also able to enjoy course taster sessions in IT, digital skills and finance as well as a relaxation session with a mental health first aider.
School leavers were able to have professional headshots taken for their CVs and career guidance was provided on the day by the company’s recruitment team and trainers.
The firm prides itself on collaborative working partnerships with other local independent training providers and its added value accredited qualifications in programmes such at as AAT, BCS and CIPPCCNA and CIM.
Most significantly of all, in the last five years, 94% of EMA Training apprentices have been successful in gaining employment following its support.
Eileen Richards said: “I am delighted to have been given the honour to officially open EMA’s new training hub.
“The East Midlands is renowned for their entrepreneurial and business spirit which is why it is fantastic that EMA are providing a place for emerging and existing talent to be upskilled through apprenticeships and training programmes to continue to add value and expertise within our region.”