Careers Opportunities

At David Nieper Academy, we are often sent opportunities for our students by local employers, alongside useful information to get our students’ careers started. This includes work experience, apprenticeships, training courses, as well as key information surrounding careers. As we find new opportunities and guidance for our students, we will upload them here for students and parents/carers to peruse and decide whether to partake. There are some fantastic options coming up, so be sure to keep checking back for more careers opportunities. For more information on careers tailored towards parents and carers, please visit our Parents’ Guide page.

Apprenticeship Guidance

With many different routes into careers, it is important that students and their parents/carers fully understand the options available to them after completing GCSEs and/or A Levels. This page contains information about apprenticeships: what they are, the different levels of apprenticeships, finding the most suitable apprenticeship and how parents can support students in this process.

Please click on the links below from Amazing Apprenticeships for more information.

If you have any further questions about apprenticeships, please do not hesitate to contact the careers team at David Nieper Academy.

Engineering – Careers Information

New Courses – Learning Curve Group

  • Level 1 Introduction to the Hair & Beauty Sector (for learners aged 19+)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Nail Technology (for learners aged 19+)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Beauty Therapy (for learners aged 16-19)
  • Level 3 Childcare (for learners aged 16-19)

We will soon be able to provide more information on the above courses, but in the meantime you can get in touch with Learning Curve Group on 01773 747377, or email

Level 3 Diploma for the Early Year’s Practitioner

Learning Curve Group are offering this study programme in Ripley for 16-19 year olds. To respond to this course, please contact the Learning Curve Group on 01773 747377, or email

Ripley SP Childcare Flyer



 DFS Apprenticeship

“At DFS, we are very busy putting together our unique apprenticeship, this would be ideal for anyone arty or creative, and we put all of our apprentices through the Duke of Edinburgh gold award too.

The programmes that we are recruiting in are sewing and cutting, as well as upholstery and frame making.

The opportunities within DFS are massive – we have a diverse workforce and need to pass on our unique skills to the next generation.

We have a career path that can take anyone anywhere within the business, from design & developmen to photographic studios; from admin to service management. 

The opportunities are endless. With the drive and determination to succeed, you get the support and encouragement.”


In order to respond to this chance at an apprenticeship with DFS, students or parents/carers can contact the academy at, or alternatively, email DFS at