October 2, 2014 / 0 Comments

Flashmob Monday with UCD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sd6UhQ-vhpU&list=UUADPwFhYwALzZz8LgF1zGAwStudents from our Level 2 Urban &

Contemporary Dance class surprised us with a performance on a glum monday afternoon.


September 26, 2014 / 0 Comments
Nathan Bennett, our student of the year/ambassador with one of the visitors



Our Event Management team who helped to organise and promote the event.

On Friday 26th September DV8 Academy and DV8 Training hosted a coffee and cake morning in order to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support; a charity devoted to helping people diagnosed with cancer as well as relatives and friends who have been affected by the disease. The event was organised and promoted by our Event Management students who distributed flyers to local residents and companies in the area. They were able to receive cake donations from a local bakery as well as the co-operative. Staff and students also contributed by bringing in a variety of cookies, cakes and pastries.


The T-shirts customised by our Fashion Students which were auctioned.

Nathan Bennett, our student of the year/ambassador with one of the visitors

The event began with a talk from Sacha Corcoran, our principle at DV8 Academy to encourage students, staff and visitors to donate money to Macmillan emphasising the importance of the charity and how their donations can help to provide support for people who have been affected by cancer. During the cake sale, our Event management students auctioned some hand customised t-shirts created by our Fashion students. Bidding for the shirts and shoes started at £5.00, going up to £8.00 with all money being doubled by DV8 Academy and donated to Macmillan. The fundraising event also featured live performances from the students in our Level 3 Music Performance course. This was their first performance since the beginning of their course and was a great opportunity to showcase their talent. The stage hosted a number of diverse acts ranging from an acoustic version of “Everlong” by the Foo fighters to a hip hop trio rendition of TLC “no scrubs”. From the money raised from the cake sale and fashion auction we made £160, which has been doubled by DV8 Academy to make a total of £320 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Cynthia and Alan performing "Video Games".


September 23, 2014 / 0 Comments

Painting with NCS The Challenge & BlingwearUK

On September 20th, we had a helping hand from eleven young people from surrounding boroughs who have been working with us for NCS “The Challenge”.  The week before, the team were sent out to Walthamstow Central in order to promote who DV8 are, what we do and what exciting courses and apprenticeships we have to offer.  However, in this case their time was not spent handing out flyers, instead they came to our new building at Silver Birch House to assist our staff with painting the walls in our building. The idea was to create something visually appealing to inspire our students to feed their creative side whilst studying. The campaign team dressed appropriately in overalls then split into groups to paint different walls with the DV8 colour scheme. Supervising the groups were Fusion, founder of “Industry in The Streets” (iitsfusion) Stewart, our music and media tutor as well as Sam Templa, a graffiti/customisation artist (@blingwearuk).

September 22, 2014 / 0 Comments

Project SEARCH Documentary

During the first three weeks in September 2013, two of our Apprentices; Martin Irwin (Digital Media) and Mariam Musa (Live Events) helped to produce, shoot and edit a short documentary exploring how young people with disabilities gain access to internships and employment opportunities at Whipps Cross Hospital. Project search is a work-based programme for young people in their last year of full-time education with the intended outcome to gain full-time, permanent employment. Waltham Forest Council, Barts Health Trust and William Morris School partner the programme. The support of Anne O’Bryan, UK Project SEARCH Co-ordinator led to Sabre/ Kaleidoscope being commissioned by the local authority to be the supported Employment Agency. Five interns were recruited, three from Whitefield and two from William Morris ready to start on-site at Whipps Cross Hospital. The interns comprised of four young men and one young woman aged between 16 and 19 years, all of whom were keen to get started in the world of work. Their parents were briefed and encouraged to support their children in being independent in order to secure a permanent job; the first hurdle was to train them in travel as they previously had transport to take them to and from school that was provided by a local authority.


















There were a number of departments willing to offer interns a work placement, typical tasks included:

  • Orthodontics: Interns made models of patient’s teeth using the five step process involving plaster of Paris, core maths and English skills were used to label and file patient teeth mouldings.
  • Outpatients New Appointments: Computers were used in order to access patient information through the Patient Appointment System (PAS). File management techniques and scanning document for archiving was also taught.
  • Outpatients Reception: Communicating with patients both face to face as well as over the telephone, fielding calls and passing them through to the appropriate colleagues as well as booking appointments using PAS.
  • Medical Engineering: Using EXCEL speadsheets to document information on various equipment gathered as well as completing a medical equipment audit from each of the different wards including ECG machines, Flowtron pressure pumps and oxygen regulators.
  • Oral Surgery: Assisting with surgical procedures, adhering t infection control practices, using suction machine, calling & directing patients from waiting room to treatment, delivering biopsies to path labs, collecting controlled substances from pharmacy as well as general administration duties.


Our Apprentices captured the journey of the interns as well as chatted to the parents and co-workers which was edited into a short documentary which can be seen below.

Of the three interns still on-site at Whipps Cross two have remained in the departments they went to for their second rotation as they are increasing their skill set and it will possibly lead to a permanent job and the final intern has moved into Medical Records.

September 12, 2014 / 0 Comments

DV8 Access to Apprenticeships Event

On Friday 12th September we hosted an Access to Apprenticeship Event, which featured talks from Alexis our Director, Sacha our Principal at DV8 Academy as well as tutors and students who attended DV8 in the past.

One of our ex Tutors Fusion (@iitsfusion) gave advice to aspiring Apprentices on how to make a good impression and how to stand out from the crowd. Since teaching at DV8 he has started his own creative youth agency called “Industry In The Streets” which enables young people to gain experience within the creative industry by working with established companies and practitioners by arranging and planning events and seminars as well as marketing campaigns for brands.

Hadija, an ex student who completed a level 3 course in events and promotion was also on hand to give expert advice on how to break into the industry and what steps you can take to get you where you want to be. After completing her level 3 course, she went on to do an Apprenticeship in Live Events and Promotion which enabled her to become the Management Executive at EGA Music Group.

Individual discussions took place with hopeful students to help them gain the right advice on how to build up a portfolio and how to network with people in the desired industry which was then followed by enrolment onto a chosen course which would allow them to then complete an Apprenticeship.

September 10, 2014 / 0 Comments

DV8 Enrolment update – moved to The Outset

Open Enrolment for final places on DV8 courses takes place at Outset Centre, 2 Grange Road, London E7 8AH

Mon 8th Sep – Thu 18th Sep – Enrolment will be closed after this date

There are now only 20 places available at DV8 Training and 40 places available at DV8 Academy for this academic year.

DV8 enrolment
Outset Centre
Frederick Street
London E17 8AH

To book an interview call 0208 509 6070 or email amanda.appiah@dv8training.com

September 10, 2014 / 0 Comments

New DV8 Campus Ready to Open

The new DV8 Campus is located at Silver Birch House, Billet Road, E17 5SD – a 10 minute walk from Blackhorse Road Tube and directly on the 158 bus routes (buses 123, 230 and W15 are also nearby).

The new site will open for the first day of term on Monday 22nd September at 9am.

August 13, 2014 / 0 Comments

Dv8 Enrolment Dates – 2014/2015

Summer holidays are well underway and we hope you are all having a great time. With courses starting the week of 22nd September, letters have now been issued to accepted students inviting them to officially enrol on their courses. Planned Enrolment will run from 21st August – 1st September.

At the enrolment sessions accepted students will present exam grades, meet with our Student Welfare and Additional Learning Support teams where they can discuss any financial or academic needs they may have before starting the course. This includes student bursaries, free school meals, classroom support and mentoring.

There are now limited spaces available on many of Dv8′s courses, Any young people interested in joining the course should contact 0208 509 6070 to find out about the final interview dates running between now and enrolment.

Dv8 will be operating open enrolment sessions for students who have not been interviewed but would like to have a space at Dv8 from 1st-5th September, please note spaces may be limited at this time.


For more information please contact 0208 509 6070.

Or Click Here To Apply

August 7, 2014 / 0 Comments

SoundSkool – FREE music courses for 16-18 yr olds

If you live in North London and are interested in Music Production & Business or Artist Development & Performance courses starting September click here


Music courses at level 1 & 2 in ‘Artist Development & Performance’ & ‘Music Production & Business’.

Our courses are all FREE, run for 1 academic year and are 2.5 days a week.
All the courses incorporate the following qualifications:
RSL Vocational L1 or L2 certificates with pathways in Music Performance or Technology (GCSE equivalent)
NCFE award in Personal and Social Development
OCR Functional Skills in English and Maths