New College Durham reaches final stage to become an Institute of Technology

New College Durham is delighted to have been successful with its bid to become the lead further education college for an Institute of Technology in the North East; one of only 12 selected across the UK.

This is excellent news for our region and for the College and our partners. Institute of Technology status comes with the promise to deliver high-quality technical qualifications and to provide a route for young people to gain industry specific skills, with the expertise of relevant employers.

New College Durham developed the proposal with key regional employers, including Nissan and the Esh Group, to ensure the College and students would be supported with training that addresses gaps in skills, and the emerging skills required by the region.

We are really looking forward to working closely with our regional partners, and the Department for Education, towards a September opening.

John Widdowson, Principal and Chief Executive of New College Durham, said:

“As employers of all sizes in the region look to equip themselves for the more digitised and technology based economy of the future, securing a highly skilled and qualified workforce will be a major priority. The Institute of Technology will enable an even closer partnership with employers, collaborating to design and offer top quality courses and qualifications that meet the needs of industry in our region, both now and in the future.  It will give students the opportunity to improve their skills or develop new ones to progress their careers, combining off the job training and with work based learning. Students will be able to take advantage of state of the art equipment and facilities. Our aim is to develop the higher level skills that contribute to the growing momentum of businesses in the North East, and the Institute of Technology will enable us to do just that.”

Ian Green from Nissan commented:

“Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK is pleased to be a leading partner in an initiative which will not only help to provide higher level skills for manufacturing companies, but also to inspire people of all ages to invest in their own skills and knowledge. Working with our partners in industry, business and education, our aim is to increase productivity, improve competitiveness and future proof the skills offering in our region. The Institute of Technology will be at the heart of a new skills revolution on the North East."

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