Learning & Skills News

Fantastic Achievement for Learning & Skills Apprenticeships

The 2015 – 2016 Apprenticeships Overall Achievement Rates Headline figures have been released for all institutions from the Department for Education and the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

Below is an extract from the figures, showing the achievement rates for all levels and types of apprenticeships for the age groups 16 – 18 year olds and 19 – 23 year olds, respectively.

2015-16 Apprenticeships Overall Achievement Rates - Headline

16-18 Apprenticeships

Institution NameInstitution TypeOverall Achievement Rate %
DARLINGTON BOROUGH COUNCIL Other Public Funded 91.7
DARLINGTON COLLEGE General FE and Tertiary College 77.9
HARTLEPOOL COLLEGE OF FURTHER EDUCATION General FE and Tertiary College 90.8
MIDDLESBROUGH COLLEGE General FE and Tertiary College 73.6
MIDDLESBROUGH COUNCIL Other Public Funded *
REDCAR & CLEVELAND COLLEGE General FE and Tertiary College 38.6
REDCAR AND CLEVELAND BOROUGH COUNCIL Other Public Funded 44.4
STOCKTON RIVERSIDE COLLEGE General FE and Tertiary College 76.3
STOCKTON-ON-TEES BOROUGH COUNCIL Other Public Funded 52.2

19-23 Apprenticeships

Institution Name Institution Type Overall Achievement Rate %
DARLINGTON BOROUGH COUNCIL Other Public Funded 91.3
DARLINGTON COLLEGE General FE and Tertiary College 68.1
HARTLEPOOL COLLEGE OF FURTHER EDUCATION General FE and Tertiary College 82.8
MIDDLESBROUGH COLLEGE General FE and Tertiary College 73.3
MIDDLESBROUGH COUNCIL Other Public Funded No data
REDCAR & CLEVELAND COLLEGE General FE and Tertiary College 53.0
REDCAR AND CLEVELAND BOROUGH COUNCIL Other Public Funded 81.3
STOCKTON RIVERSIDE COLLEGE General FE and Tertiary College 67.0
STOCKTON-ON-TEES BOROUGH COUNCIL Other Public Funded 70.6

As can be seen, Darlington Borough Council’s Learning & Skills Service has the best success rate for both age groups, and it is actually in the top 3% of highest achievement rates of all institutions in the country (22 / 735).  Well done to the Learning & Skills team and all the apprentices they train!


NOCN Customer Satisfaction Survey draw presentation

Clare Friskney at Learning & Skills, Darlington Borough Council recently completed the NOCN customer satisfaction survey and was one of the lucky recipients of a Kindle.

Clare and her colleagues at Learning & Skills was presented with her Kindle by Darren Howells, Head of Account Management at NOCN. Clare said on being presented with her prize "This is just what I needed for my summer holiday in Cyprus. I love working with all the staff at One Awards they are always helpful and friendly".

Pictured left to right: Josh Parker, Ian Saunders, Clare Friskney and Alicia Santese from Darlington Borough Council with Darren Howells from NOCN

Pictured left to right: Josh Parker, Ian Saunders, Clare Friskney and Alicia Santese from Darlington Borough Council with Darren Howells from NOCN.


Learning & Skills data success

The Skills Funding Agency has just published the 2015/16 national performance data for post-16 providers. It is good news for Learning & Skills. Here are some of the highlights:

  • The achievement rate for our Apprentices was 91.5%, 24.5% above the national average.
  • The achievement rate for our Adult Skills provision was 88.9%, 3% above the national average.
  • The achievement rate for GCSE A*-C English was 5.6% above the national average.
  • The achievement rate for GCSE A*-C maths was 21.9% above the national average.

Suzanne Joyner, Director of Children and Adult Services, has asked to pass on a big well done to the whole team and her thanks for your continued hard work.