Students Delight At Hi-Tech Gift

Wed, 06/06/2001 - 01:00

Education Manager at The Academy Rob Hutchinson, Councillor Audrey Laing and Students John Kent and James Verrill

A Durham County Councillor has presented a local college with a brand new 51 inch TV.

Students at East Durham College’s Technical Academy, based in Peterlee, were ‘over the moon’ to receive the new TV for their social space.

Councillors for Peterlee East, Audrey Laing and Gordon Tennant, arranged the kind donation of £500 to purchase the TV for the construction training centre, located on Peterlee’s South West Industrial Estate.

Durham County Councillor Audrey Laing said: “We are delighted to donate the money to The Technical Academy to help enhance the students’ social space.

“The Academy is equipping our young people with the skills needed to keep our local economy vibrant and I feel it is important to send a message to young people that they are important and valued.”

Education Manager at The Academy Rob Hutchinson added: “We are extremely grateful for the help and support we have received from Durham County Council.

“The students will benefit greatly from this donation as it will considerably enhance their recreational time whilst attending The Technical Academy, and it’s things like this that can help with student retention and success.”

Academy student James Verrill, aged 24, from Seaham, added: “The new TV has made a really different to the atmosphere in our social area, it’s great.”

The Technical Academy is located in a 37,000 sq. ft. purpose-build facility and offers a high quality training environment in a range of construction trades including plastering, tiling, gas, electric and fitted interiors.

To find out more details about the training on offer at The Technical Academy please call 0191 518 5577 or check out