Skills for the future

By Natalie Vincent - Tue 20 February 2018, 12:22 pm

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has awarded Barking & Dagenham College £5 million to complete its technology centre, as part of a £25.7 million funding initiative to boost skills and training for Londoners.

The planned Centre for Advanced Technologies at Barking & Dagenham College

The college's Centre for Advanced Technologies (CAT) project will refurbish the campus' aging D block, turning it into an advanced skills training centre delivering a curriculum based on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics that will benefit the local community.

The CAT is the final phase of a 15-year property renovation scheme that was launched in 2012; most of the projects have been completed in five years, including turning the frontage of the building into a public space housing a library, restaurant, cafe and shops.

College principal and CEO Yvonne Kelly said: “The new centre will provide flexible, energised technical learning spaces, integrating with and complementing the college's existing innovative learning environments which have proven to increase student numbers in STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics] training and develop advanced skills.

"Industry is changing and needs a workforce trained in new advanced, technological and innovative methods to meet industry’s future needs."



Latest News

New modular council homes delivered in a week

Thirteen new council homes at Sugden Way in Barking were delivered and lifted into place in the space of just seven days.

Historic lemonade bottle discovered

Eagle-eyed excavators discovered a piece of Barking’s history in the shape of a 100-year-old R. White’s bottle, unearthed as they laid the…

New Travelodge opens in Dagenham

Dagenham’s newest addition to its selection of hotels opened for business on a site near the much-anticipated Dagenham film studios.