“It has been a brilliant 2 years for me – I have gained such valuable skills and knowledge from my workplace that I can now offer to my new employer. Learning in centre has been brilliant; Barbara is always supportive and makes learning interesting. Both Barbara and Ian always had my best interest at heart and went out of their way to help me and offer advice. My line manager has been amazing, couldn’t have been better. All of my colleagues were so friendly and overall I have enjoyed every minute and would like to thank everyone”.

Caroline Towers, who completed an Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship in Business Administration while working in Darlington Borough Council’s HR team, is now employed as a HR Officer with Hitachi Rail Europe in Newton Aycliffe.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed attending Italian courses with Shan. She gives us a good challenge but also has a good sense of humour. Caters at the right pace and she gives good feedback and explanations which help me to grasp the Italian language more easily”.

Linda – Italian course

“The learning I have had has been fantastic. I think the initial assessment procedure is brilliant. I only started   in April 2015 as an Entry Level 2 and now in November 2015 I am on Level 2. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without Glyn whom is a very patient teacher”.

Natasha – Functional Skills ICT (Entry Level 2 – Level 2)

“My son was choking on a piece of bread , I knew what to do straight away as we had covered choking in my Family Safety Course the week before – I was so pleased I had completed the course I dread to think what would have happened”.

Ashley - Family Learning course

“I now have the confidence to move on to other courses, I really want to improve my writing I feel ok joining in with a group now”.

Intensive Support Learner, Darlington.

"Thanks so much.  I am so happy that the class is to continue, in view of the cutbacks being announced.  I cannot begin to tell you what a difference being able to converse in Italian made to our holiday in Bologna. It was wonderful to be able to speak to, and understand people in shops, restaurants, railway stations etc. My husband was very impressed. Can't wait to learn more".

Pauline - Italian

"My skills and knowledge have develop a lot and I have a better understanding of what is involved in Business Admin. DBC was a great place to start my apprenticeship  and I had all the support and help I needed.”

Louise Burn - Advanced Apprentice Business Administration

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