Esh Group leads the way as construction partner for new Durham-based Institute of Technology

The further and higher education college celebrates being awarded the North East Institute of Technology status with the support of local businesses.

Students in the North East will have a clear route to technical employment with the launch of the region’s new Institute of Technology, led by further education college, New College Durham. Esh Group has pledged its support as the construction-lead, working in partnership with Nissan and Newcastle University alongside a group of local employers to support the Institute of Technology.

The Institute is one of only 12 across the country and will deliver quality higher-level technical training in subjects such as digital, advanced manufacturing and engineering. Learning will take place across the partnership’s campuses and will focus on the specific technical skills required to provide employers with the skilled workforce they need.

Further education and private training providers also collaborating in the North East Institute of Technology are Sunderland College, Tyne Coast College, East Durham College, Middlesbrough College, and NA College Trust.

Andy Radcliffe, Chief Executive of Esh Group, said: “Esh Group is proud to be part of this unique collaboration which brings together further education and some of the region’s leading employers to give our young people the skills they need to succeed and set them on a clear path to high skilled, highly paid employment.

“Throughout the years, we have developed successful working relationships with New College Durham and the other collaborating training providers, with our North East-based apprentices attending these colleges to receive high quality training as part of their apprenticeship.

“We look forward to passing on our industry knowledge, our own cultural values and helping shape the curriculum for the workforce of tomorrow.”

“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.”

John Widdowson, Principal and Chief Executive of New College Durham