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Technical Skills Academy

16-18? Take a look at our Technical Skills Academy

It’s not too late to apply to our Technical Skills Academy for September 2014.

Located in the heart of Barking, our Technical Skills Academy offers an exciting range of work ready courses for 16-18s.

You will train with industry professionals in a commercial setting, giving you the skills that employers love. State of the art facilities include Headjogs Training Academy & Salon (a Wella Professional Salon), plus the Chef’s Hat 2 bistro.


Recruiting now

If earning while learning appeals to you, click here to find out more about apprenticeship opportunities available through Barking & Dagenham College.

We work with employers to help them recruit the right apprentice for their business - and that could be you. There is no upper age limit to being an apprentice, as long as you are 16 or over.

ladder for London - small logo for side barWe are proud to be part of the Evening Standard's apprenticeship campaign - Ladder for London.

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  • Car Boot Sale
    Car Boot Sale

    5 July-25 October 2014

    Barking & Dagenham College will be hosting a Car Boot sale every Saturday through the summer. Come along and pick up a bargain!

  • Performing Arts Summer School for 16-18s
    Performing Arts Summer School for 16-18s

    7-31 July 2014

    Do you want to learn, build your skills and increase your confidence? Do you want to pursue a career in the Performing Arts?

  • Summer Code Bash @ the Code Club
    Summer Code Bash @ the Code Club

    28 July-29 August 2014

    We’re running some fantastic IT workshops over the summer for anyone aged 11+ years. Come along and learn how to build an App or develop your own game. Parents and families welcome...

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Success stories

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Sahil Saini
    Sahil Saini

    Sahil Saini travelled almost 4,000 miles to study Business at Barking & Dagenham College. 21- year-old Sahil left Punjab over 2 years ago and is now studying for a HND in Business...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • Vicki-Louise Flowers
    Vicki-Louise Flowers

    Vicki-Louise launches her new candle business, "With Love." Whilst studying at Barking & Dagenham College, Vicki embarked on a project called 'opposites,' which got her thinking...

  • 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.

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Student Businesses

  • The Chef's Hat
    The Chef's Hat

    The Chef's Hat provides a first-class and affordable restaurant experience in a modern, relaxed setting. We serve quality French cuisine.

  • The Pod
    The Pod

    The Pod is a FREE creative zone for student entrepreneurs and local small businesses to help get business ideas off the ground.

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