The History of EDC's Technical Academy

The Technical Academy campus site opened to students in September 2010, with the aim of recreating a professional, construction-based working environment where learners could receive the latest training in key trade areas local industry needs.

The initial curriculum offer included Construction Skills, Electrical Installation, Gas Installation, Kitchen & Bathroom Fitting, Plastering, Roofing and Tiling.

The Technical Academy interior as an empty industrial unit shell before development
The Technical Academy as an empty shell in 2010 before development

Official Opening - 2011

The Technical Academy was officially opened on Thursday 3rd February 2011, by then Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Rt. Hon. John Denham MP (Labour).

Two people shaking hands with a plaque behind them
The Rt. Hon. John Denham MP with then College Principal Stuart Wesselby.

Relaunch Event - 2014

As The Technical Academy grew and developed in-line with local business needs the focus of the curriculum became more of a joint engineering and technical construction related offering. To highlight this adaptation The Technical Academy held a relaunch event on 3rd December 2014 with guest speakers David Cann, General Manager of Mecaplast and the late Geoff Ford MBE, Chairman of Ford Aerospace.

A young man wearing safety glasses next to engineering equipment with two men in the background
Student with David Cann, General Manager of Mecaplast and the late Geoff Ford MBE, Chairman of Ford Aerospace.
The Technical Academy Motor Vehicle Area and other workshops in the background
The Technical Academy, Peterlee, Motor Vehicle Area and Other Workshops - June 2015

Fabulous 5 - 2015

Staff and students marked the occasion of The Technical Academy's 5th birthday in 2015 with a stunning cake made by Samantha Hammond from the College's finance department.

Centre Manager Rob Hutchinson with engineering student Scott Gowens
East Durham College's Technical Academy 5th birthday celebration. Centre Manager Rob Hutchinson with engineering and welding student Scott Gowens.

North East Institute of Technology - 2019

In 2019, The Technical Academy become an important part of the newly launched North East Institute of Technology. The development saw over half a million pounds of new investment in The Technical Academy, bring in new state-of-the-art resources, such as two electric car training rigs.

The Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicle Training Rig at The Technical Academy
Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicle Training Rig - Part of the NEIoT fantastic resources

Ofsted Success - 2021

East Durham College was delighted to announce it had once again been Graded as GOOD by Ofsted, with an outstanding rating for behaviour and attitudes.

The Technical Academy Staff stood outside celebrating the college's fourth GOOD East Durham College Ofsted, holding a banner
Technical Academy staff celebrate fourth 'GOOD' East Durham College Ofsted inspection in a row

Curriculum Offer - 2022

By 2022, The Technical Academy offer had developed to include: Electrical Installation, Engineering & Manufacturing, Fabrication & Welding, Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Plumbing & Heating Engineering and Renewable Energy - including T levels.