Derwent Training will be closed for the Christmas Break from 12pm on Friday 18th December. Please note that the centre will be closed to learners and staff on Monday 4th January to allow for a deep clean of the building before term starts. Anyone due to attend on Monday 4th January will not attend and will attend the centre on their next communicated attendance day as per their email from the Business Support Team. All staff will be working remotely on this day. Attendance for learners will begin as normal from Tuesday 5th January 2021.
All Staff and Directors wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
A time to reflect and be thankful
No one will forget 2020. Individually and professionally, we have all been through much. Its toll, physically and mentally, has been great. I want to thank everyone who has worked at, supported and believed in Derwent Training and making this year our most successful yet. That success was built by a number of groups of people.
Staff have learned different ways of working, stumbled occasionally, but always kept the learners at the centre of our activity. I wish to thank their families who have seen kitchens, dining rooms, and at least one caravan, turned into new workspaces, allowing us to keep delivering. Employers have worked with us, ensuring we kept up momentum and did not allow anyone to slip through the net. All apprentices have remained committed to their studies, adapting to new ways of working. Everyone has contributed to achieving outstanding results that is significantly above national average. We are rightly proud of this and have seen many newly qualified engineers progress onto the next stage of their career.
Going forward, the economy faces challenges and many employers are adapting and re-shaping accordingly. In order to support them, our business is doing the same, by offering a new Higher Apprenticeship Engineering Standard, a new Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Standard and a Level 3 Team Leader and Supervisor Apprenticeship Standard. The latter is available to all industry sectors not just engineering, and supports the need for the region to increase productivity and invest in people.
As we reach the end of the year, I am thankful for the opportunity to simply stop 'doing' for a short while. I suspect we all need to rest. I know that the new year will start with the same challenges with which we end this one. However, I am confident that by caring about each other, being selfless in our actions, acting with honesty and integrity, we can remain safe and grow personally and professionally during the next year.
On behalf of Derwent Training, I wish you and your families a peaceful and safe Christmas.
Chief Executive Officer