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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 150 reviews from employers that work with this training provider.

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Overall rating from October 2018 to now

  • Excellent 65 out of 150 reviews
  • Good 75 out of 150 reviews
  • Poor 10 out of 150 reviews
  • Very poor 0 out of 150 reviews


  • Communication with employers (76)
  • Getting new apprentices started (57)
  • Adapting to my needs (51)
  • Working with small numbers of apprentices (43)
  • Improving apprentice skills (37)
  • Providing the right training at the right time (30)
  • Reporting on progress of apprentices (27)
  • Initial assessment of apprentices (25)
  • Training facilities (15)

Things to improve

  • Reporting on progress of apprentices (53)
  • Communication with employers (41)
  • Improving apprentice skills (12)
  • Providing the right training at the right time (9)
  • Adapting to my needs (8)
  • Training facilities (8)
  • Initial assessment of apprentices (6)
  • Getting new apprentices started (3)
  • Working with small numbers of apprentices (2)

57 Apprenticeships offered

Apprenticeship Type Level View details
Engineering Operative Standard 2 Details
Engineering Technician Standard 3 Details
Floorlayer Standard 2 Details
Food and drink maintenance engineer Standard 3 Details
Groundworker Standard 2 Details
Hair Professional Standard 2 Details
Healthcare Cleaning Operative Standard 2 Details
Healthcare science assistant Standard 2 Details
Healthcare support worker Standard 2 Details
Highways Maintenance Skilled Operative Standard 2 Details
Hospitality Manager Standard 4 Details
Hospitality supervisor Standard 3 Details
Hospitality team member Standard 2 Details
Housing / property management Standard 3 Details
Housing / property management assistant Standard 2 Details
HR Support Standard 3 Details
Improvement Practitioner Standard 4 Details
Improvement Technician Standard 3 Details
Installation electrician / maintenance electrician Standard 3 Details
Junior management consultant Standard 4 Details

Contact details

Phone number:
01207 585900

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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