North East Institute of Technology Announcement
Students in the North East will have a clear route to technical employment with the launch of the region’s new Institute of Technology. Following their successful bid in 2019, New College Durham has now been awarded their licence to operate as an Institute of Technology. The Institute is one of only twelve across the country.
Working in partnership with Nissan, Esh Group and Newcastle University, New College Durham will lead a group of further education colleges and a private training provider to deliver quality higher-level technical training in subjects such as digital, advanced manufacturing and engineering. Learning will take place in the College’s brand new, purpose-built, STEM centre and will focus on the specific technical skills required to provide employers with the skilled workforce they need.
Further education and private training providers also collaborating in the North East Institute of Technology are Sunderland College, Tyne Coast College, East Durham College, Middlesbrough College, and NA College Trust.
John Widdowson, Principal and Chief Executive of New College Durham, said:
“Confirmation of Institute of Technology status is a great boost for New College Durham and the North East. We are delighted to be working in collaboration with our partners to
design and deliver top quality courses and qualifications that meet the needs of industry in our region, both now and in the future. The Institute of Technology will give students the opportunity to improve existing skills, or develop new ones to progress their careers, enhancing employment opportunities.”
Andy Broadbent, Deputy Principal and Chief Financial Officer at New College Durham, who led the application and will lead implementation as Principal and Chief Executive (designate), added:
“I am thrilled that the Institute of Technology status has been awarded; and excited by the opportunity to lead the implementation of this inspirational initiative”.
Ian Green Senior Controller/Section Manager at 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. The Institute of Technology will be at the heart of a new skills revolution in the North East."
Andy Radcliffe, Esh Group’s Chief Executive commented:
“Esh Group is proud to be part of this unique collaboration which brings together further education and some of the region’s leading employers to give our young people the skills they need to succeed and set them on a clear path to high skilled, highly paid employment.
As the Construction business lead, we look forward to passing on our industry knowledge, our own cultural values and help shape the curriculum for the workforce of tomorrow.”
New College Durham has been awarded the licence to operate as the North East Institute of Technology, one of only 12 in the country.