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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“Champeon” demolition for Madigan Gill

Champeon started with DBC Training for our Sector Based Work Academy for Construction with Madigan Gill after over 12 months of unemployment.   Champeon's confidence had taken a dip due to several rejections from job interviews.

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Wayne passes the LGV course with flying colours

Wayne, 40 years old,  was looking for a change of career after a period of unemployment.

The  course was an intensive course over a short time period, but as the group size was intentionally smaller this allowed the DBC staff to work supportively on a one to one basis where required to ensure each individual passed their course requirements .  During the course Wayne achieved his Learn My Way IT qualification, he passed all of his theory tests and undertook his LGV Class 2 Test which he passed with flyer colours and is awaiting delivery of his Class 2 licence.

Wayne said "I was really sceptical before the course but it covered all the essential parts of the CPC theory training needed to gain a LGV Class 2 license and really built my confidence levels especially as I was looking for quite a big career change. The DBC staff  are always really helpful and what I thought may be a struggle turned out to be a really productive, satisfying and enjoyable course. It certainly helped my confidence and focus to pass the LGV training"

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LGV licence through DBC Training

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After working for agencies for over 5 years mainly in Warehouse Operative roles and with  a period of 4 months unemployment,  James was looking for more sustainable work and a brighter future with a career.

After a recent Jobcentre Plus visit James was referred to the DBC LGV Course, the main objective of the course was getting James to a level both theoretically and practically to gain his CPC Licence to become a professional driver.

James attended our  classroom based LGV two week Sector Based Work Academy  in February 2015 to prepare potential professional drivers for a life on the road.

With gritty determination to reach the highest levels of the skills required to pass the theory exams and practical tests involved in achieving his CPC Licence, James worked really hard on his revision and practical sessions and whilst on the course James completed his Learn My Way Qualification, successful achievement of all his Driver Theory Tests and his Full Class 2 licence.  James had set his sights on a sustainable role with a quality local employer, and this he achieved by securing a full time position with Buxton Quarries immediately after he receives his licence!

James said "Meeting other people who were on the course as me  (and some in a worse position) really helped me to realise that I wasn't alone and with the DBC help and support my confidence rose and I realised I was really capable of getting the CPC and the job role I wanted. I felt much more confident and prepared going into the tests and exams and it paid off. I was so pleased to the chance of a driving role which is in demand by employers.

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Jemma's Story

I first started at DBC training doing a traineeship a couple of weeks before I had my daughter. I loved the atmosphere here; everybody was so friendly and welcoming. When my daughter was three months old I decided that I wanted to start an apprenticeship so that I could gain some extra qualifications as well as experience in the work place and of course get paid while doing so.

I met with Inderpal from the Business Development Team and he sat with me and we spoke about the different apprenticeships that DBC deliver. He then informed me that DBC themselves were looking for an apprentice to hire at the Macklin street office. After arranging an interview I was successful and started at the beginning of February 2015. 

I now work in the partnership team doing all aspects of administration such as: archiving files, checking claim paperwork, inputting data on a database, sending emails, greeting people and reception duties. One day a week I also work with the apprenticeship assessor team helping them with any paperwork or files that need to be set up.

This apprenticeship has benefited me massively as it has made me grow up a lot more. I appreciate my spare time more and I'm definitely more productive with the time I do have to myself. I've gained so much experience working in an office already and I know that by the time I complete my apprenticeship I will be confident enough to work in most business administration roles. Being a young mother, it produced a lot of obstacles when trying to get back into education, by doing an apprenticeship I'm able to get the qualifications I need to forward my career as well as getting paid to do so.  DBC are a wonderful company to work for and they have helped me to mature in a lot of ways.

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Carmelo's Apprenticeship Journey

When I finished secondary school, I started attending college. I felt that sitting at a table revising did not suit me and was not the way I wanted to achieve my qualification. I then looked into apprenticeships. Seeing people getting a qualification while working in a business environment made me realise; going to college is not the only way to get the career. During this time I found it extremely hard to balance college, work and my social life. Now I am an apprentice I earn money while I learn, giving me more time to myself and experience working. 

Throughout college, I heard that DBC training helped young adults find apprenticeships. I contacted DBC and explain that I was unhappy at college, and I was interested in starting an apprenticeship. I was invited for a formal interview with a member of the apprenticeship team. During the interview I was informed that DBC themselves are offering an apprenticeship with their administration team. I took an interest in the vacancy and decided to apply for the apprenticeship.  I was successful at interview and began my new job and apprenticeship almost straight away.

I have two job roles within DBC training. One is Apprentice Partnership Administrator. There are many different duties for this job role including inputting data onto a database, dealing with other training providers, adhering to staff requests and validating learner documentation.  My second role within DBC training is Business Development Apprentice. I am responsible for updating the redundancy database, completing apprenticeship sign ups and applications, producing advertisement for job vacancies and prioritising each member of the team's time.

I feel I have benefited from being an apprentice as I am working at a professional and friendly company whilst achieving a Business and Administration qualification.

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