• Could your company benefit from free training for your workforce?

    Could your company benefit from free training for your workforce?

    London Colleges Network have secured a £4.6m cash boost to fund English and Maths qualifications for an estimated 5,000 adult employees.

    For more information click here

  • Earn while you train and become a hairstylist

    Earn while you train and become a hairstylist

    Study a Hairdressing Apprenticeship and you will earn money, get experience and gain a qualification.

    We are recruiting now!!

    Click here for more details

  • Open Event & Christmas Market

    Open Event & Christmas Market

    Thinking about what to do after school? 16-18 at school or sixth & not sure you made the right choice? Adult looking to retrain or boost your career?

    Come along to our Open Event & find the right course for you

    For more information click here

    To register for the event click here

  • 16-23? Interested in a career in construction?

    16-23? Interested in a career in construction?

    Apply now for our 12 week Traineeship in Building Services and you will gain work experience that can help you get a job or progresson on to an apprenticeship.

    The Traineeship will give you the first step towards becoming a Plumber, Electrician and Heating and Ventilation Engineer.

    Click here for more information

  • Higher Education Creative Fair

    Higher Education Creative Fair

    Going to Uni next year? We offer a range of creative Degrees, HND's and Foundation Degrees. Come along to our HE Creative Fair and find out about:

    3D Design, Animation, Media, Photography and Visual Communication

    For more information click here

    To register for this event click here

  • Cover the cost of your tution

    Cover the cost of your tution

    If you are aged 24 or over and studying at level 3 or higher you may qualify for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees.

    For more information and to check that you qualify click here

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If you are looking for a fresh start and have out-grown school, the Technical Skills Academy can train you for your career, learning from industry professionals in a real work environment.

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Courses that lead to careers

Theatrical/Media Make-up Artist, Professional Chef, Plumber, IT Technician, are just a few of the careers you can train for. Click on the links to watch the video and get the inside story from students and parents. 

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  • Car Boot Sale
    Car Boot Sale

    26 August-20 December 2014

    Your Barking & Dagenham College Car Boot sale will take place every Saturday. Pick up a bargain or turn your unwanted items into cash! Hot drinks - including proper barista coffee...

  • Creativity Works: Eastbury Manor
    Creativity Works: Eastbury Manor

    8 October-12 December 2014

    This is training and employment opportunity for 18-24 year olds living in Barking and Dagenham. If you are interested in theatre, production, costume, events, and hands-on creative...

  • Creative HE Fair
    Creative HE Fair

    13 November 2014

    On Thursday 13 November 4:30-8pm Barking & Dagenham College will be hosting a Higher Education Creative Fair.

  • Open Event & Christmas Market
    Open Event & Christmas Market

    11 December 2014

    On Thursday 11 December (4:30-7pm) the Rush Green Campus will be hosting an Open Event and we will have our Christmas Market open.

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Success stories

  • Perry Torrance
    Perry Torrance

    With 13 GCSEs under his belt including 1 A* and 10 A grades, Perry (age 18) joined Barking & Dagenham College in September 2013 to train to be a chef. Perry, who juggles jobs at...

  • Courtney Walker
    Courtney Walker

    Courtney Walker (19) has secured a Bond Street role with Nails Inc, the UK's most successful luxury nail bar chain for 3 days a week, whilst still juggling her studies for a Diploma...

  • Danny Barclay, James Clarke and Cameron Aguimatang
    Danny Barclay, James Clarke and Cameron Aguimatang

    Three trainee electricians from the same City & Guilds electrical course at Barking & Dagenham College (BDC) have all been given their first jobs in industry at the same company, WysePower....

  • Idris Elba
    Idris Elba

    Idrissa Akuna "Idris" Elba is a British television, theatre, and film actor who has starred in both British and American productions, including 'The Wire'. One of his first acting...

  • Christopher Adams
    Christopher Adams

    Christopher Adams, is currently working hard to achieve his Level 2 NVQ in Hairdressing at the Technical Skills Academy in aim to start his award-winning one of a kind mobile hairdressing...

  • Marianne Jean-Baptise
    Marianne Jean-Baptise

    Marianne has excelled as an actor both in the UK and the US. She is a Golden Globe winner and has been nominated for an Oscar. A former student of the College, she studied with...

  • Rachael Edwards, Laura Sawyer and Tia Howard
    Rachael Edwards, Laura Sawyer and Tia Howard

    Rachael Edwards, Laura Sawyer and Tia Howard, who are currently studying the BDC course Diploma for Legal Secretaries Level 3, have been selected for three work experience placements...

  • Abbey Dell
    Abbey Dell

    Abbey Dell, Diploma in Painting and Decorating Level 2 student, gained an Apprenticeship with Roseville Projects Ltd, and become the only female on the tools with the company, who have...

  • Vicson Lopez
    Vicson Lopez

    Former student and Graphic Designer Vicson Lopez, who now works for the Entrepreneur Academy at the College, saw his design unveiled on one of London 2012's Games Time Training Venues...

  • Olivia Till
    Olivia Till

    Olivia Till, who is studying for an Extended Diploma in Fashion Design, was given the opportunity to showcase her design talent at London Fashion week.

  • Adam Gemili
    Adam Gemili

    Adam graduated from Barking & Dagenham College in the summer of 2012, just before taking part in the London Olympics as a sprinter for Team GB. In 2012 Adam was named as the Association...

  • Shaun Escoffery
    Shaun Escoffery

    "My training in Performing Arts at Barking & Dagenham College really put me in good stead for the realities of the entertainment industry.

    "The lessons I learnt were invaluable....

  • Aaron Kumar
    Aaron Kumar

    3D design student Aaron Kumar has clinched a coveted £3,000 a year scholarship to Brunel University at Uxbridge to study for a degree in industrial design and technology.

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Student Businesses

  • The Salon
    The Salon

    Our elegant & stylish beauty salon which offers the highest quality treatments and services at a price that's easy on your pocket.

  • Headjogs Hair Academy
    Headjogs Hair Academy

    We believe that every day should be a great hair day, so whether you want a fresh new look or a cutting-edge hairdressing career, Headjogs should be your first choice.

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