Wholly owned subsidiary of Newham College of Further Education and member of the Collab Group of colleges, Digital Skills Solutions was established in 2016.

Accredited by the world's industry key-players such as Cisco, Microsoft, and Samsung, DSS has rapidly grown and secured its place as a market leader in the education sector.   

Using technology and cloud-based systems to provide a truly unique and modern learning experience, we aim to shape the future of digital talent while supporting businesses of all sizes in the tech sector. We offer companies the opportunity to recruit the next generation of talent, upskill existing staff, maximise their apprenticeship levy to its full capacity, and provide a single managed service. 

> Why choose us

Ofsted inspected

DSS has been Ofsted inspected and is financially stable.

National delivery

National delivery with a single point of contact through our single managed service.

Flexible approach

Flexible approach to diverse business needs for both new recruits and upskilling of existing staff.

Reporting structure

Centralised and standardised to ensure accurate and consistent management.

Support

Internal and external promotion of programmes and services.


Vacancies filled

DSS recruit to our clients' criteria, requirements and vacancies are filled within 3 weeks.


Funding support

Offer access to additional funding support.


In-house trainers

An expert team of in-house trainers ensuring consistency, quality and flexibility of delivery methods.


> Meet the team

Carlos Cubillo-Barsi

Managing Director

The DSS team is effectively led by Carlos Cubillo-Barsi, a mathematics and computer science graduate of King's College London with over 15 years' experience in education, business systems, and data analysis. Carlos joined DSS in May 2018, and his passion for empowering the tech sector and shaping the future of digital talent has driven the organisation to immense growth and stability.

Theresa Bray

Director of Apprenticeships and Education

Theresa has worked in the education and skills sector for over 20 years at a senior level. She started her career as a science teacher in further education, and she later led and managed quality, curriculum development, and student services within the post 16 sector. She's now passionate about working for DSS. In her own words, DSS "can transform lives and businesses; these skills are essential at all levels and in a huge variety of jobs."

Vidjea Gaikwad

Head of Apprenticeships

With over 10 years of experience in the education sector, serving as Head of School - ESOL for Newham College for over 5, Vidjea makes DSS Apprenticeships remarkable. She is an inspiring leader in charge of quality from start to finish across all the range of programmes DSS offers.

Matt Harvey

Commercial Director

Matt has over 20 years of experience in management, sales, recruitment, B2B, and education. He has worked in senior positions for a wide range of training providers, including some of the most recognisable brands in the UK. He has a unique talent to identify diverse business needs and the wealth of knowledge to implement strategic commercial solutions, which has supported the growth of multiple enterprises, including DSS, where he now leads the commercial team and fully manages DSS Business.

Ellie Henry

Administrative Officer | Operations

Ellie does all the admin for our apprenticeships from start to finish and runs our BTL programmes. She is an outstanding problem-solver with excellent customer service skills. Ellie has been with DSS from the beginning, and she has been an asset to the company since then.

Farhan Hussain

Resourcing and Recruitment Coordinator

Farhan supports recruitment and resourcing to manage vacancies within DSS Apprenticeships. He works closely with the commercial and marketing teams, as well as admissions and administration. He has a keen eye for talent and a natural ability to take candidates further.

Kajol Luggah

Marketing Apprentice

Kajol embodies what we do at DSS: we find passionate individuals, and we give them the opportunity to maximise their potential and thrive in the workplace. Kajol has a positive and optimistic approach to everything she does, and she is not afraid to take on new challenges. Always creative and eager to learn, Kajol promises to be an excellent three-dimensional marketer.

Ola Ogunlana

IQA Manager

Ola has been with DSS since January 2017. His role includes the development of new standards and delivery methods, implementing new systems, effective monitoring and mentoring of staff to become outstanding in their teaching, learning, and assessment practices, quality assurance and compliance with awarding bodies and end-point assessment organisations requirements.

Adedayo Sangoniran

Head of Education

Driven by the conviction that education plays an essential role in the social and economic inclusion of everyone, and with over 16 years of experience in education management and curriculum development, it is evident that Adedayo is determined to help young people thrive. At DSS, he passionately supports the trainers and oversees the curriculums ensuring the best possible experience for learners.

Sue Smith

Intervention Trainer

Sue joined DSS in 2016, and she has enhanced the experience of all our learners. Whatever their concern, whatever their intricacy, Sue will be there for them, offering her invaluable support. She has worked in education since 2005, and she has learned to understand people and to manage their difficulties with nothing but kindness, efficiency, and resolution.

Estefania Veira

Marketing Manager

Estefania is a CIM member and a natural-born planner with a passion for people development. Before leading the marketing team at DSS, she worked in the creative industries for over a decade. With a broad skill-set, her main areas of expertise are business strategy, brand development, content management, and digital marketing.

Harry Woods

Commercial Team Leader

Having started his career in recruitment, Harry is now one of our most robust links with employers. His can-do attitude and proactive approach have a very positive effect on the relationship between DSS and other businesses. Consequently, he has excelled at expanding the customer base and gaining new business.

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