Durham County Council

College and Durham County Council work together


A successful partnership between Derwentside College and Durham County Council has enabled 40 members of the Council’s staff from the Regeneration and Economic Development Service to gain an invaluable range of skills to enhance their knowledge in the area of leadership and management.

Andy Palmer, Head of Strategic, Programmes and Performance at Durham County Council, said: “As a result of the recent austerity measures placed on local government the ability to support Durham County Council employees with their continuous professional development has become increasingly difficult. That’s why our partnership with Derwentside College is vital as it has enabled our staff to access a wide range of academic qualifications in Management and Business Administration.  We have been extremely impressed with the high level of service provided by the College from our initial meeting with the Business Development Co-ordinator to the ongoing support from College assessors.”

Peter Brockman, Senior Resources & Development Officer, for Regeneration and Economic Development, added: “In my role it can sometimes be frustrating finding the right training & development opportunities for staff, but over the last 12 months we have been fortunate to build a fantastic working relationship with Derwentside College.  This successful partnership has enabled our staff to access a variety of programmes enabling them not only to continue with their professional development but also significantly improve their employability skills at the same time.”

Nicole Whitton, one of the apprentices employed at Durham County Council explained:  “My apprenticeship has enabled me to develop my existing skills and knowledge further, as well as allowing me to undertake more challenges within my current role, which, in turn, has developed my leadership skills.  Following on from this I am eager to progress to a Higher Apprenticeship in Leadership and Management.  I would encourage everyone who can to take an apprenticeship as it is a fantastic opportunity and extremely rewarding both personally and professionally.”

Susan Errington, Executive Director of Business Development at Derwentside College, said: “Wewant to ensure our learners have access to outstanding opportunities to secure employment and maximise their career potential.  We are delighted that this successful partnership with Durham County Council is providing their staff with the qualifications and experience they need.”