East Midlands based DBC Training is delighted to announce they have won the prestigious ‘Business and Administration Apprenticeship Provider of the Year’ Award for the inaugural AAC Apprenticeship Awards.  

Winning the award is a fantastic achievement as over 250 organisations submitted nominations, from colleges and training providers to the Home Office and BT.

The Awards in association with CMI, were held at the Annual Apprenticeship Conference in Birmingham on March 22 to recognise the very best in apprenticeship provision.

DBC Training CEO Kerry Bentley said: "What an amazing achievement, to win this award is a fantastic accolade for DBC Training and testament to the hard work and dedication of each and every one of our team." Kerry continued “We are thrilled to have won and this recognition for the whole team is the perfect reward for all their hard work and dedication”.

As a finalist DBC Training was recognised at a prestigious parliamentary reception, at the start of National Apprenticeship Week, hosted by Robert Halfon, the education select committee chair and a former skills minister.

The judges were impressed with DBC Training’s “high employer satisfaction scores, timely achievement rates and high levels of learner satisfaction.”

Shane Mann, managing director of LSect, said, “I would like to say a huge congratulations to all of our winners. Each is a tremendous example of the outstanding work those within the apprenticeship sector contribute. They truly deserve the recognition.”

Mark Dawe, chief executive of AELP, who helped with the judging, said, “It was very difficult to choose winners in each category.  It’s fantastic to get so many applications in the first year. I was blown away by the range of amazing work being done by providers and employers,”

The AAC Conference ran from March 21 to March 23 at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham.

National award winners were announced at the AAC Gala Dinner on Thursday 22 March.

Photo from Left to Right:

Shane Mann, Managing Director, LSect,

Kirstie Donnelly, Managing Director, City and Guilds

Shelby Astles, Business Administrative Apprentice, DBC Training

Corrina Hembury, Managing Director of Skills and Learning, DBC Training

Simon O’Connell, Managing Director of Employability, DBC Training

Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, AELP

About DBC TrainingDBC Training is one of the leading providers of training and employment solutions in the East Midlands, established in 2000 under the Pitman Training Franchise then rebranded in 2012 to DBC Training as part of its business expansion and sector specialisms. DBC Training specialise in "Delivering Better Careers" and have helped over 30,000 individuals gain new skills, achieve qualifications and gain sustainable employment with support each step of the way. DBC Training provides an excellent learning experience to all its learners, enabling them to progress successfully to the next stage of their lives, be that employment, promotion, further study, apprenticeships or business start-ups. We pride ourselves on the friendly relaxed atmosphere at our centres' and enjoy supporting our learners to meet their individual goals, be it a qualification or a job. Our core mission is ‘To release potential, inspire learning and achieve exceptional results’.

About AAC: AC 2018 is a three-day policy and practice conference dedicated to apprenticeships. AAC provides policy and practical updates in partnership with the Department for Education, and it is also now the largest conference in the sector. Across the three days, delegates had access to more than 100 workshops, 50 exhibitors, top policy officials and sector experts. Senior staff from colleges, training providers, universities, employers and assessment organisations will all have access to business-critical news, advice, and keynotes.

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