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Annual Report

2015-16

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Our Partnership with Sterling Pharma Solutions

Occupying a site near Cramlington, in Northumberland, Sterling Pharma Solutions is one of

the employers that’s been making a real impression on the North East’s regeneration and

drive for success. The company has a culture of actively developing the skills and knowledge

of their workforce, and in recent years they have progressed this commitment through the

apprenticeship route.

Working in partnership with Derwentside College, Sterling has 80 intermediate, advanced and

higher apprentices in various areas across the plant who have recently achieved or who are

currently undertaking their apprenticeship.

Manager of the Pilot Plant, Steve Slater,

explains: “The

Pilot Plant is where we employ Technicians who have

progressed from Operator level - it’s their first step into

being self-supervising, so we need to support them with

training and development. They learn as they work,

with assessors from the College supporting them as

they progress. We have tried various providers for our

apprenticeships, but the service we get from Derwentside

College is second to none. Their assessors are as

committed to the success of our apprentices as we are

and the support service is excellent.”

Kevin Cook, CEO

at Sterling Pharma Solutions added, “We look forward to working with

Derwentside College in the future to continue to help our staff achieve their goals.”