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Testimonials

DBC trains and develop thousands of individuals each year. We work with a diverse mix of people, ranging from school leavers just starting out on an Apprenticeship, to the long-term unemployed who are looking for a job. Find some of our inspiring stories of our learners, partners and stakeholders below. Could you be next?

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Park Bikeworks is a brand new enterprise set up with support from Derby City Council (and their Cycle Derby Team), aimed at providing services and facilities to promote cycling in Derby.

As part of their start up the employer had a requirement for various staff. DBC Training selected a number of potential candidates from a pool of unemployed individuals referred by JCP, ran a course of employer bespoke pre-employment training (as a SBWA) and put forward candidates for interview. Two of these were successful and were offered positions.

Laurie Richardson – 31 years old, had previously held positions in bar work and sales/retail, she became unemployed in early 2014. Her main goal was to achieve a higher position within a company that she would enjoy working for. Laurie also used her time with DBC Training before starting work to complete training. Laurie will be employed as a Catering Assistant with Park Bikeworks.

Perry Bilson – 24 years old, had a work history in sales and retail with various companies, and became unemployed in January 2014. His main aim was to achieve a more senior role working within customer service, where the job/sector required more skills. Perry also used his time with DBC Training before starting work to complete additional training in HTML, Dreamweaver and Photoshop. Perry's position with Park Bikeworks is Retail Assistant.

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Holly

Martin & Co

Business Administration Apprenticeships

Holly - aged 20, had been applying for Business Administration Apprenticeships since late 2013, and she had always come across barriers preventing employers from considering her. Whilst she had extensive experience working with people within the horse riding industry, she had no customer service and administration experience and wanted to work in the Estate Agency industry. 

Holly attended DBC Training in Derby for an informal chat about what she was interested in and what she was looking to achieve in an Apprenticeship. Holly had been for an interview that day for an apprenticeship at a recruitment company, which looked promising, but she really wanted to work for an Estate Agency. The team at DBC Training immediately rang Martin & Co (an Estate Agency in Derby who DBC Training have previously worked with) and got Holly an interview for the next morning.

Holly undertook a two week trial, throughout which DBC Training rang frequently to ensure Holly and the Employer were getting all of the support they required. Holly successfully secured the Apprenticeship.

Holly's journey so far has been a "speedy one". She first came to see us on 12th February 2015, interviewed by the Employer on the 13th February, secured her two week trial and started her Business Administration Apprenticeship formally on the 3rd March.  

Holly said "I love my new apprenticeship and I'm very grateful to DBC Training for all their help and ongoing support. I was becoming very stressed and tired before I spoke to the DBC team. My new found independence has completely taken a weight of my shoulders. I would highly recommend DBC Training to anyone who asks."

 

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Isobel

Brides and Gowns

Traineeship Programme

Isobel says 'Yes to a Dress' at Brides and Gowns.

Isobel joined DBC Training in August 2014 at 16 years old on our Traineeship Programme. The concept of which is to build confidence, employability skills, Maths, English and ICT, and gain some real work experience. Isobel was very interested in the Bridal Market and retail. As part of the traineeship, she completed a valuable work placement at Brides and Gowns in Derby, where her confidence grew.  

Isobel came to be a valuable member of the team and attended trade fairs, steam cleaned wedding dresses and helped many excited brides-to-be with dress choices. Once the traineeship was completed, 'Brides and Gowns' knew they couldn't let such an enthusiastic team player leave. Isobel was offered the opportunity of an apprenticeship, completing Customer Service Level 2 with DBC Training. Isobel jumped at the chance and loves every minute of her apprenticeship. 

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Partnering with DBC Training has enabled us to fund provision in an area that supports the local community and increase jobs. A friendly and professional organisation, they have been extremely supportive in our programme delivery.

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DBC Training are very helpful  and are easy to work with. If we have any queries they are always there to offer guidance and advice on the best way to tackle the issue. The support we receive from DBC is precise and efficient

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