Business Training with Dearne Valley College

Here at DVC we have a dedicated team that find it very rewarding working closely with employers to support training that will enhance and develop the business. The team consists of 3 Business Development Officers and a Business Development Manager with a combined 40 years’ worth of experience working with employers. Investing in staff can help your business be more competitive, increase profitability, improve efficiency, help retain clients and reduce costs.

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The Service

- Support to look at business training needs
- Support with recruitment of Apprentices
- Free Apprenticeship advertising
- Support with job descriptions
- Pre-apprenticeship training
- Support to understand funding and grants
- Apprenticeship training - On the job training (NVQs)
- Short course and online learning

The benefits of working with Dearne Valley College...

- High standard of work-ready candidates 
- Supportive and experienced team with excellent employer links
- Industry experienced trainers covering a wide range of sectors
- Flexible approach to suit your business needs
- Roll on roll off starts to meet your recruitment demands - Minimum disruption to the workplace
- Full Apprenticeship recruitment package available

Here’s what our customers say... 

“The quality of Apprentices that DVC have provided me with are excellent, they are keen to work, learn and keep their jobs. The staff at DVC have been most helpful towards me and my Apprentices”. James Fisher , Fisher Plastering

“Wathwood hospital has used DVC for in-house training for over 10 years with great success. We find the staff from DVC to be friendly and supportive. Their reliability has allowed us to look at training being offered to our patients, as well as staff, in catering and housekeeping which we introduced successfully last year with good results. The training has given knowledge, confidence and life skills required to successfully progress within their working environment.” Mavis Drew, Wathwood Hospital

“The staff are very patient, reliable and competent. The course was not rushed and staff were able to work at their own pace. By completing the course, our staff are more aware of procedures and we have not had as many accidents”. Mary Turner, Sheffield Hallam University

Competence Courses

Dearne Valley College can help you discover which courses are best for your business and your staff. This course list is not exhaustive; therefore if you have some specific training in mind, contact Dearne Valley College.

Activity Leadership Level 2
AAT Level 2
Early Years Educator Level 3
Brickwork Level 2
Business Administration Level 2 and 3
Certificate in Mental Health Awareness Level 2
Certificate in Using IT Level 2
Children and Young People’s Workforce Level 2
Cleaning and Support Services Level 1 and 2
Customer Service Level 1 and 2
Floor and Wall Tiling Level 2
Food Production & Cooking Level 2
Glass/Fenestration Level 2
Health and Social Care Level 2 and 3
Instructing Exercise & Fitness Level 2
Joinery Level 2
Building Maintenance Operations Level 2
Painting and Decorating Level 2
Plastering Level 2
Principles of Dementia Care Level 2
Professional Cookery Level 2
Management Level 3 and 4
Safe Handling of Medicines Level 2
Supporting Teaching and Learning in School Level 1 and 2
Team Leading Level 2
























Apprenticeships are a training opportunity using both competence and knowledge qualifications as well as on the job training. They enable businesses to develop their own workforce by having a fresh approach, seeing business growth and a return on investment by employing an apprentice. You may also be eligible for some funding to support you to provide this opportunity. We provide you with talented and passionate, young people, with whom you can mould into exactly the employee you need them to be.

Business Administration
Customer Service
Food Production and Cooking
General Construction Operations
Glass and Glazing
Health and Social Care
IT Technician
Light Motor Vehicle
Building Maintenance Operations
Motor vehicle Body Repair
Painting and Decorating
Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
Team Leading
Tiling (Floor and Wall)

DVC can support you by:

- Creating a job description to attract the best candidates 
- Advertise the vacancy FREE OF CHARGE on the National Apprenticeships and DVC websites
- Shortlist the applications according to your requirements
- Provide an interview panel (if required)

An Apprenticeship consists of three elements (Competence, Knowledge and Functional Skills), all of which provide your employee with the underpinning skills and qualifications needed to excel in their job role.
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Recruit an apprentice

• Almost 9 in 10 of every employer that takes on an apprentice report benefits to their business
• 70% reported that apprenticeships improved their productivity or the quality of their product or service
• The National Audit Office has estimated that for every pound of government investment in apprenticeships, the economy gets £18 back

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Download Key Facts about Apprenticeships

The benefits of employing an Apprentice

- Develop a workforce that are trained to your companies working practices. - Develop a highly skilled workforce who work to standards that are specified by the relevant industry bodies. - Develop your business’s skill base and offers progression routes for your workforce. - Reduce the recruitment cost of casual labour and reduce your staff turnover rate. - Grow and develop your workforce. - Demonstrate your company’s commitment to social responsibility by investing in young people. - Access support from a skilled and experienced Training Officer/Assessor.

Grants for small businesses

Grants are available to any South Yorkshire employer with fewer than 100 staff that meets certain criteria. The new local grant scheme for South Yorkshire is known as GAP. GAP grants are available to employers offering any apprenticeship where:
• The apprentice’s workplace is in South Yorkshire (Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham or Sheffield)
• The employer has no more than 100 employees
• The employer has not employed more than two apprentices in the last 12 months.
• The newly employed apprentice is aged from 16 to 24 years old.

Up to four GAP grants are available over a 12 month period to any employer meeting the eligibility criteria. GAP grants are payable directly to employers, but the application process needs to be initiated by a training provider that offers apprenticeships to employers in South Yorkshire. The value of the GAP grant varies depending upon your sector with the minimum amount being £1120 and the maximum being £2450.

There is also a national AGE grant for employers out of the South Yorkshire Region – please ask for details.
Statistics from our Surveys
Induction Survey WBL Feb 2015
98% of apprentices said that staff are friendly and helpful
100% of apprentices said they feel safe at college and at work
100%of apprentices are enjoying their training

On program Survey 2015
96% of apprentices said the training is helping their development
93% of apprentices would recommend DVC to a friend.

Working with 338 employers employing a DVC apprentice.


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