People looking to join the North East’s fast-growing digital sector can enjoy state-of-the-art facilities
facilities following the launch of two new IT suites at Bishop Auckland College.
Employers who want to improve the skills of their employees will also be able to benefit from new investments in
Woodhouse Lane Campus, which includes 86-inch smart interactive displays, 28-inch 4K
gaming monitors, custom-built gaming benches and chairs, and a professional virtual reality package.
The kits will be used by students on a range of new full and part-time digital courses covering
in-demand areas for the digital sector including hardware and networking, cyber security, software
development and eSports.
Investment of £91,000 comes from an upfront allocation of £750,000 from the Towns Foundation Funding Award
projects that will have an immediate impact on the city and help build it stronger and more sustainable
Bishop Auckland received £19.9m from the Future High Streets fund in December 2020 and £33.2m
from the Cities Fund last June. This is in addition to grants received through the Level Up Fund,
Restoring Your Railways, Durham County Council’s Heritage and Leisure Action Area
The £33.2m award follows a successful bid led by Bishop Auckland City Council, which created
Durham County Council and other key partners including Bishop Auckland College, Auckland
The project and the local business community must prepare an urban investment plan to secure financing.
Investment in digital skills and other learning is one of the key areas of the Government’s scheme, alongside urban regeneration, culture and heritage, communications and infrastructure.
Natalie Davison-Teranova, Principal and Chief Executive, Bishop Auckland College and Head of Skills
on Bishop Auckland’s Stronger Towns council, said: “The college has done extensive research
create key in-demand skills in the region’s digital sector, which creates almost three jobs
times faster than any other sector.
“The opportunities are in four main areas: hardware and networks; cyber security; software development
– programming, coding and web design; and eSports – game design, creativity and programming.
“The new digital suites have been designed to offer the ideal environment and equipment for students
to develop those high IT skills.’
Employers looking to upskill their workforce can get free IT training with Eligible Learners
Level 1, 2 or 3 course modules are funded through the European Social Fund (ESF).
Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Partnerships
A Stronger Town councilor said: “The digital sector is a key area of growth in the region
which offers ample opportunities for our youth.
“These new facilities will not only enable students attending the college to gain the skills they need
a wide range of career paths, it will also allow those already working to develop their skills
and knowledge. I am delighted that we were able to support the launch of two new IT
apartments through the Stronger Town Fund.”
Students and employers interested in full-time and part-time digital courses at Bishop Auckland College
You can find out more and register at bacoll.ac.uk.
Photo: Principal and Chief Executive Natalie Davison-Teranova pictured in one of the new IT packages from
IT/eSports teacher Anthea Caulfield and students Alana Thornton and Alex Wenzel.
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