Nik Hardy, Founder and Managing Director of Hardy Signs, has received an Honorary Fellowship from Burton and South Derbyshire College (BSDC).

Mr Hardy received the award in the graduation ceremony at The Hilton, St. George’s Park, on 17th September 2021. Nik has been recognised for his significant contribution to the mission of the College.

In a post on LinkedIn, he thanked CEO and Principal Dawn Ward CBE, chair of the corporation, Everton Burke OBE and the team at Burton College that he has been working with for many years.

Nik said: ‘’I am genuinely honoured to have been awarded an Honorary Fellowship and join other individuals whose work has made an impact at BSDC.’’

‘’The college plays a key role in the development of the young learners and apprentices of our town and provides fantastic facilities that shape their future careers. They lead the way in representing our town across the midlands and beyond.’’

‘’I look forward to continuing to work with the college and further develop our relationship and the prospects for their students.’’

In partnership with BSDC, Nik founded the Hardy Signs ‘Sign and Print’ academy in 2016, aiming to train the sign makers of the future.

Since October 2020, Nik has been an advisor for BSDC, meeting frequently with the careers team to expand student opportunities and cementing the link between industry and education. This is a voluntary position in collaboration with The Careers and Enterprise Company.

As part of the graduation, Nik also delivered a keynote speech where he shared his career journey and the development of his company Hardy Signs and the work with the community.

Burton and South Derbyshire College’s network of patrons and fellows means that its students benefit from an industry-led curriculum, access to key industry contacts and the opportunity to work on live briefs for real companies. This supports the College in delivering its Skills Promise and ensuring that when students complete their course, they will be job-ready with the transferable skills and qualities they need to make an impact in their chosen industry or profession.

About the company: Hardy Signs is a professional and digital signage company that designs, manufactures and installs bespoke signage products to a wide range of business sectors in the United Kingdom. The company has been awarded the manufacturer of the year in 2019 and 2020.

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