College Builds On Links With The Construction Industry

The new Technical Academy at East Durham College is successfully building a number of very successful partnerships with the construction industry around the region.

One such example of this is the partnership between the College, East Durham Homes and FHM (Frank Haslam Milan) - who are working together to develop opportunities for the students from the Academy to get a taste of ‘real building site experiences’.

FHM, who have sites across East Durham and beyond, have also generously provided The Technical Academy with free materials to aid health & safety training - from posters and leaflets to reject or faulty appliances for the students to test and train on.

Staff from The Technical Academy went on a recent site visit to fact find prior to their students visiting and training on East Durham Homes and FHM’s Decent Homes Scheme sites.

Rob Hutchinson, Education Manager at The Technical Academy, said: “This will be a real asset to the Academy as students have to be assessed for gas and electrical installations on site. Students will also benefit greatly from gaining experience in real construction environments, getting used to working on site with all the other trades.”

East Durham College’s Technical Academy is a new centre of excellence, located in a massive unit on the South West Industrial Estate in Peterlee, providing training in a range of construction trades including; Gas & Electrical Installation & Maintenance, Plastering and Wall & Floor Tiling. It is also developing training in renewable energy technologies.

Frank Haslam Milan is part of the Keepmoat Group - the award-winning leader in the delivery of community regeneration, which is providing thousands of new and improved homes across a huge swathe of northern and central England.

Lorraine O’Neil from FHM explained: “This partnership demonstrates our commitment to corporate social responsibility in the areas we are working, we will endeavour to support the Academy in any way we can.”

Paul Tanney, East Durham Homes Chief Executive, added:  “We have around 8,500 homes in the East Durham area, many of these will be improved over the next few years. We are really pleased to be involved in this project as we are always keen to work with our partners to provide opportunities for training and employment for local people.”

Other organisations the College are working with include; Ceramic Tile Distributors (CTD), Weber, Bal, Speedifit, Howdens, Rubi, Genesis, Tycothermal and British Gypsum.

The College will be holding a Trade Open Day on Tuesday 23rd November at the Technical Academy.