Jane Imrie

Tech industry boost for North East with launch of new institute

Technology firms across the region will have access to a new pool of talent with the launch of a new educational institute.

New College Durham has been awarded a licence to operate as an Institute of Technology.

One of 12 institutes across the country, the college will lead a group of further education establishments and a private training provider to deliver technical training in subjects such as digital, advanced manufacturing and engineering.

The college will work in partnership with Nissan, which has its largest UK base in nearby Sunderland, as well as Esh Group and Newcastle University.

John Widdowson, principal and chief executive of New College Durham, commented: “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.”

Ian Green, senior controller and section manager at Nissan, added: “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.”

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