Plans for a new North East Institute of Technology have taken a step forward with the award of a licence to the consortium behind the project. New College Durham is leading the project, working with Nissan, Esh Group and Newcastle University, as well as Sunderland College, Tyne Coast College, East Durham College, Middlesbrough College, and NA College Trust.
Following its successful bid in 2019, New College Durham has now been awarded a licence to operate as an Institute of Technology, one of only twelve across the country.
The facility will provide higher-level technical training in subjects including digital, advanced manufacturing and engineering. Learning will take place in the College’s new, purpose-built, STEM centre and will focus on the specific technical skills required to provide employers with the skilled workforce they need.
“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,” said John Widdowson, principal and chief executive of New College Durham. “The Institute of Technology will give students the opportunity to improve existing skills, or develop new ones to progress their careers, enhancing employment opportunities.”
“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,” added Ian Green, senior controller/section manager at Nissan.