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Annual Report

2014-15

Constabulary and College join

forces in training Apprentices

In February 2015, the College celebrated its

successful four-year partnership with Durham

Constabulary by reaching the figure of

300 staff trained in a wide range of areas

including, Team Leading and Management,

Business Administration, Customer Service

and Information Technology. The College has

also worked closely with the Constabulary

in offering 45 young people the opportunity

of a job via studying an Apprenticeship and

since this time 90% have gone on to secure

permanent jobs with the Constabulary.

Mike Barton, Chief Constable of Durham

Constabulary, said: “We are extremely

impressed and proud of our staff, who have

engaged with Apprenticeship opportunities

and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend

Apprenticeships to other employers.

Derwentside College has been instrumental

in enabling our staff to access the best

opportunities to enhance their careers.”

Top 10% Nationally for

Higher Apprenticeships

The College has had many notable successes

in developing strategic partnerships with

large employers and as part of this strategy,

the College has continued to grow its Higher

Apprenticeship provision to address the

region’s significant skills gap in relation to

higher level skills. Having engaged with many

employers on this agenda including Durham

County Council, Durham Constabulary and

Care UK to name a few, the College now has

350 Higher Apprentices in learning and is in the

top 10% of providers nationally for its volume of

higher apprenticeships.

Christopher Palmer

Care Leadership & Management

Higher Apprentice

Rebecca Ross

Leadership & Management

Higher Apprentice

Marc Graham

Manufacturing Engineering Higher Apprentice