At Stockton Riverside College we have a dedicated staff who are here to serve the needs of your business. Our business development team can offer a wide range of expertise and services that will add value to your organisation.

Contact our team (below) and find out how we can help become your partner in training.


Michelle Elliott

bdu5Director of Business Development

Overall responsibility for:

• Business Development
• Employer Engagement
• Pre-employment and Skills
• Sub-contracting and Partnerships
• External Funding
• Apprenticeships
• Commercial Activities

T: 01642 865 595 M: 07759 561 342 E: michelle.elliott@stockton.ac.uk


Emma Booth

Work Based Learning Manager

I’ve been in work based learning for 16 years working in private, public and voluntary sector organisations including Ofsted inspection work. My job role at SRC is varied and presents many challenges moving forward with the ever changing landscape of apprenticeships. Key elements of being the WBL Manager is to monitor performance and recruitment of all cross college apprenticeships; support departments and design and implement solutions to organisational issues. Apprenticeships is a strategic priority within SRC, it’s my job to drive this message through BDU and the rest of the college.

M: 07791 193 050 E: emma.booth@stockton.ac.uk


Joanne Scott

bdu2Pre Employment and Skills Manager

If you are an employer and would like ‘free’ assistance in recruiting staff then I can help. If you are aged 16 plus, unemployed and would like to match your skills to local vacancies then please contact me.

T: 01642 865528 M: 07811 156 850 E: joanne.scott@stockton.ac.uk


Tamsin Edwards

bdu3Business Development Co-ordinator

My role is to help promote, recruit and grow apprenticeships. I engage employers, forming ongoing relationships, assisting with staffing resource requirements and training needs.I understand the importance of providing the right training for every individual and business. I currently manage a number of vocational areas including hair and beauty, customer service, retail and hospitality. If you are interested in hiring an apprentice in any of these sectors or have any training needs please contact me.

T: 01642 865 581 M: 07970 982 268 E: tamsin.edwards@stockton.ac.uk


Christina Dearnley

christinaBusiness Development Co-ordinator

My role is to develop links with businesses within the Tees Valley area to promote, recruit and grow apprenticeships both 16-18 and 19+ which can include existing staff already in employment. I am actively involved in engaging with employers to discuss their staffing resource requirements and training needs.
I provide a suitable matching/screening process and shortlist suitable candidates for interview. I have responsibility for managing a number of vocational areas including; Health & Social Care, Business Administration, Children’s & Young Peoples Services, Management, Science Technician and Facilities Management.
If you are interested in hiring an apprentice or sourcing training for existing staff, please do not hesitate in contacting me.

M: 07702 990 393 E: christina.dearnley@stockton.ac.uk


Darren Raby

Business Development Sales Co-ordinator

As a new member of staff for NETA Training, I joined the Sales & Business Development Team in Stockton Riverside College in February this year. The purpose of the role is to engage with employers to promote engineering apprenticeships and the upskilling of existing staff and to coordinate commercial training courses.

I spent 13 years working in the engineering industry before moving into education. During my time in industry I learned the various needs of engineering and manufacturing businesses and how important skills training is to both companies and employees. As a result my time in education has been spent supporting both businesses and individuals to gain this much needed skills training. I have worked in teaching, assessing and marketing but mainly employer engagement and business development and the majority of the businesses I have worked with have been in the engineering and manufacturing sector. I enjoy seeing businesses and individuals flourish when they have the confidence to apply their training in the workplace.

M: 07764 476 744 E: darren.raby@stockton.ac.uk


Dawn Smith

Business Development Co-ordinator

I worked for more than 15 years within the Recruitment Industry working in management and developments roles with the last 5 years spent within FE. I joined Stockton Riverside college to take up a role with the Business Development team promoting and recruiting 16-24 and 24+ apprenticeships in Business Admin, Construction Building, Motor Vehicle, Warehousing and Electrical Installation. My role is to help promote, recruit and grow apprenticeships. Engaging with employers and forming on-going relationships to help identify and understand training requirements. If you require an apprentice in any discipline or if you are looking at training current staff please do not hesitate to contact me for more information.

M: 01642 865 591 E: dawn.smith@stockton.ac.uk


Samantha Millward

Partnerships & Funding Coordinator
I have worked in Business Development roles within the Further Education sector for 13 years and joined Stockton Riverside College in April 2016. My role is to coordinate and monitor the performance of the College’s subcontracted provision, ensuring that partners provide high quality training and complement the College’s curriculum offer. My role also includes coordinating and ensuring the completion of tenders for additional sources of funding to the College as well as mandatory applications that the College must complete such as the Register of Training Organisations (RoTO) and Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP).
T: 01642 865 549 M: 07968 107 338 E: Samantha.millward@stockton.ac.uk