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About this provider

Derwentside College has an innovative approach to employer engagement, which has led to significant growth in our apprenticeship provision.

Based in Consett, County Durham, we are a large and successful apprenticeship provider with learners located in the North East and Tees Valley, Yorkshire and Humberside, the East Midlands, the North West and Greater London.

The 2017-18 FE Choices Learner Satisfaction Survey confirms us as the NUMBER ONE Further Education College in the North East for learner satisfaction and in that year, we worked with over 1,000 employers and 5,000 apprentices, delivering across 81 different apprenticeships. The College's apprenticeship offer continues to grow in-line with client demand.

What employers are saying

Based on 64 reviews from employers that work with this training provider.

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Overall rating from October 2018 to now

  • Excellent 31 out of 64 reviews
  • Good 30 out of 64 reviews
  • Poor 3 out of 64 reviews
  • Very poor 0 out of 64 reviews


  • Communication with employers (36)
  • Adapting to my needs (25)
  • Getting new apprentices started (24)
  • Working with small numbers of apprentices (21)
  • Initial assessment of apprentices (14)
  • Providing the right training at the right time (14)
  • Improving apprentice skills (13)
  • Reporting on progress of apprentices (12)
  • Training facilities (9)

Things to improve

  • Reporting on progress of apprentices (25)
  • Communication with employers (16)
  • Improving apprentice skills (8)
  • Adapting to my needs (4)
  • Initial assessment of apprentices (4)
  • Training facilities (4)
  • Providing the right training at the right time (3)
  • Getting new apprentices started (2)

73 Apprenticeships offered

Apprenticeship Type Level View details
Adult care worker Standard 2 Details
Advanced Carpentry and Joinery Standard 3 Details
Assistant accountant Standard 3 Details
Beauty Therapy General Framework 2 Details
Beauty Therapy Massage Framework 3 Details
Bricklayer Standard 2 Details
Business Administrator Standard 3 Details
Business and Administration Framework 2 Details
Business and Administration Framework 3 Details
Business and Professional Administration Framework 4 Details
Business-Improvement Techniques Framework 2 Details
Carpentry and Joinery Standard 2 Details
Chef De Partie Standard 3 Details
Children and Young People's Social Care Framework 3 Details
Children and Young People's Workforce Framework 2 Details
Children,Young People and Families Manager Standard 5 Details
Children,Young People and Families Practitioner Standard 4 Details
Cleaning and Support Services Framework 2 Details
Cleaning Supervision Framework 3 Details
Commis chef Standard 2 Details

Contact details

Phone number:
01207 585 900

Annual survey results

Employer satisfaction:
Learner satisfaction:
Source: FE Choices

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Explain levels

Apprenticeships are set at different levels of difficulty from the equivalent of GCSE (level 2) up to postgraduate (level 7)

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