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Success Stories

Derwentside College has an innovative approach to employer

engagement which has led to the development of significant

growth in apprenticeships. The College is one of the largest

and most successful providers of apprenticeships in the North

East region and beyond and in 2014-15, the College worked

with 1,065 employers and had 5,506 apprentices.

The College’s excellent and well established

partnership with County Durham and

Darlington NHS Foundation Trust continues to

go from strength to strength, with over 300

apprentices training in a diverse range of areas.

In the last 12 months, the Trust has worked

in partnership with the College to create 70

new jobs for young people aged 16-24 in

the areas of clinical healthcare and business


Most recently, the College has supported the

Trust to engage with the government’s flagship

Traineeship programme which can lead to

jobs or apprenticeships for 16-24 year olds,

with 100% of learners from the first cohort now

having progressed into apprenticeships.

As a result of the College’s success, this has

now led to the development of further training

partnerships with NHS Foundation Trusts in

Northumbria, Tees Esk & Wear Valley and in

South Tyneside.

Annual Report



Sarah Watson

Healthcare Apprentice

Lisa Marie Fallon

Care Trainee

College and NHS Partnership creates 70 new jobs for Young People