Technical Academy Relaunch Flyer

Construction and Engineering Training Centre Set For Relaunch

A STATE of the art facility which will train the next generation of engineers and manufacturers is being re-launched after undergoing a multi-million pound makeover.

The Technical Academy, part of East Durham College in Peterlee, will offer training programmes for 16 to 18 year-olds in a number of areas including welding, plumbing, engineering, automotive and construction.

Re-developed to specifically meet the needs of local employers, the academy will give young people the hands on experience needed to be industry ready and classroom learning to get them to the level required to fully qualify in their chosen vocation.

The re-launch, on Wednesday, December 3, will enable employers to look around and meet staff and students and will also feature two high profile guest speakers, Geoff Ford MBE and David Cann.

Geoff is Chairman of South Tyneside manufacturing company Ford Aerospace, which is a highly successful specialist in the precision machining and pressing of component and assemblies for the aerospace, defence and related high technology industries.

He will talk about the challenges and opportunities the North East faces within the engineering and manufacturing sectors and why facilities like The Technical Academy are so important to the region's continued growth.

Geoff said: "I am delighted to be part of the re-launch of The Technical Academy, which will train the next generation of engineers and manufacturers. It's vital that we invest in young people now to help address the skills gap which is evident across the North East.

“There are a number of challenges we must overcome if we're to firmly establish our region as a global leader and ensuring we have talented people coming through to replace experience is certainly one of them."

David Cann is General Manager of Peterlee car parts manufacturer Mecaplast UK. He will address the audience on his career in the automotive sector and the challenges he's overcome to get to where he is today.

Rob Hutchinson, Centre Manager at The Technical Academy, said: “We felt that after four successful years, the time was right to invest in the academy and give it facelift. We've re-developed the building to improve the facilities on offer and we've also expanded the curriculum to make sure we're ideally placed to meet the needs of businesses in the area.

"There's a real commitment from everyone involved in The Technical Academy to attract a high calibre of young people, young people who want to learn and push themselves so at the end of their time with us they are ready to work in industry."

The Technical Academy re-launch starts at 9am. To book contact Lynsey Morrow on 0191 518 5586 or e-mail lynsey.morrow2@eastdurham.ac.uk.