female electrotechnical student with a testing device in the workshop at East Durham College's Technical Academy

The Technical Academy

The Technical Academy is the north east's home of world-class training and skills for people who work, or want to work, in the construction and engineering industry.

  • Students of all ages (16+) can benefit from the latest training across a wide range of construction and engineering trades.
  • We offer accreditation training to employers and people already in the trade.
  • We provide bespoke training packages to upgrade and update skills.

The Academy is located on Peterlee’s South West Industrial Estate in about 37,000 sq. ft. of space with a vast workshop area, classroom and IT suite. And because the workshop space is open plan, it creates interaction between all trades - and therefore provides simulated real working environment.

You can get involved in full and part time training and courses in:

  • Access to Building Services
  • Construction Skills
  • Electrical Technology
  • Engineering
  • Gas Installation & Maintenance (Plumbing and Heating Systems)
  • Fitted Interiors (Kitchen & Bathroom Plumbing and Fitting)
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Wall & Floor Tiling
  • Welding

The Academy was established in September 2010 by East Durham College with the aim of re-creating a professional, construction-based working environment where learners could receive the latest training in trade areas that the industry needs.

We employ teams of highly-skilled tradespeople who are first-class construction training practitioners. Their experienced, expert approach brings both current and future construction workers up to the right levels of technical skill - and ensures that those skills are applied in a professional and knowledgeable manner.

Our mission is to turn out confident learners with the highly-accomplished trade skills that the construction and engineering industry and today’s employers demand.

The East Durham College’s mission statement is Creating Outstanding Futures - an ethos that runs through everything we do.

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