Published on: 28 November 2022

Two Estates and Facilities Management colleagues at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have received their degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University, last week – capping a stunning rise up through the organisation since starting as apprentices.

Jordan Yates, now Head of Estates from Boulton Moor in Derby, and Reuben Riley, now an Estates Officer from Derby city, both have worked their way up within the Trust whilst undertaking their undergraduate degrees.

Reuben, who joined the Trust in 2010 as a joiner apprentice and Jordan as a plumber apprentice in 2009, were keen to develop their skills within estates.

The two were offered the opportunity via the Trust to gain further educational qualifications in their field and so enrolled on an undergraduate course in Mechanical Engineering at Derby College in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University.

The course covered many aspects in mechanical engineering including thermodynamics, finite element analysis, maths for engineers, systems engineering, design evaluation and project management.

Ifti Majid, Chief Executive at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, congratulated the two on their achievement.

Ifti said: “This is a fantastic example of how hard work and dedication can pay off – what a success story and testament to their excellence.

“Not only are these two great at what they do for our Trust within Estates but they are real role models to those wanting to further develop within their fields.”

Reuben was overjoyed to have finally completed his studies and said: “It’s been the toughest four years of my life with balancing full-time work and the uncertain times during the pandemic.

“Through hard work and determination, I have managed to obtain my Degree in Mechanical Engineering and I couldn’t be prouder of myself.”

Jordan echoed Reuben’s words, saying: “The course was challenging, but I am very appreciative of Derbyshire Healthcare for giving me the support and opportunity to undertake the degree.

“This has helped me to progress into a dream job role, the skills and experience gained from undertaking the degree will help me within my career with the Trust.”