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New Minister of State for

Apprenticeships and Skills

visits Derwentside College

We were delighted to receive a visit from the new

minister for apprenticeships and skills, Robert Halfon MP.

Taking time out of his busy schedule to do a

whistle-stop tour of the North East and speak to some

of the region’s largest employers at the forefront of

the Apprenticeship agenda, Robert, said: “It’s been a

fantastic opportunity to visit Derwentside College.

I’ve met so many inspiring students and apprentices

who are working hard to achieve their goals.”

“It’s been particularly interesting to see all of the work

Derwentside College has been doing to help those

who are looking for work and their commitment to

ensuring apprenticeships are the real ladders of opportunities they can be.”

Robert Halfon concluded his visit by saying “Every town should have a Derwentside College.”

Annual Report



Ofsted - April 2016

Derwentside College is relentless in its approach to improving learner outcomes

and attaining very high standards of training. Achievement rates on our courses

have been high for many years, placing the College firmly amongst the top

colleges in the country. In April 2016, the College had a very successful

Ofsted inspection. Ofsted once again judged the College to be

Good overall with exceptional strengths including:

The College has successfully implemented an ambitious

strategy to be a major provider of apprenticeships;

Very effective partnerships with employers results in high

achievement rates for learners and apprentices;

High quality teaching, learning and assessment

helps learners to achieve their goals;

Apprentices develop very good work-related

skills and knowledge which employers

value greatly.