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Career-ready Professional & Technical Training

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What do you want to do for a living?

Perhaps you want to work with children, or manage a construction site?

Or would you prefer to create special effects make-up for TV or theatre? 

With hard work and determination it's all within your reach, so read on and let's help get you matched with the right training course.

Follow the links and let us help you make your choice

Just click on the links provided and it will take you to further information about each course and tell you how to apply and enrol. 

Train for a career in Business 

BTEC Diploma in Business & Finance Level 2

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Business with Personal Business Finance (PBF)

BTEC Extended Diploma in Business with Personal Business Finance (PBF) - sorry, we'll be linking up this course very soon. 

Train for the Construction Industry

City & Guilds Extended Certificate in Construction Skills Level 1 
(6219)

Train to be a Childcare Professional - rated "Outstanding" by Ofsted

CACHE Award in an Introduction to Early Years Setting Level 1. This course offers a January 2016 start. 

CACHE Diploma in Caring for Children Level 1

CACHE Certificate in Early Years Education and Care Level 2

Train to be a Beauty Therapist 

City & Guilds Beauty Therapy Diploma at Level 2

City & Guilds Beauty Therapy Diploma at Level 3

Train to be a Hairdresser

City & Guilds Diploma in an Introduction Hair and Beauty (VRQ) Level 1

City & Guilds Hairdressing (VRQ) Level 1

City & Guilds Hairdressing (VRQ) Level 2

City & Guilds Women's Hairdressing (VRQ) Level 3

Train to be a Theatrical or Media Make-up Artist 

Follow this link to the Media make-up courses. The Level 2 in Media Make-up, and the Level 3 in Theatrical, Special Effects, and Hair and Media Make-up are only available at the Technical Skills Academy.

Train to be a Chef 

City & Guilds Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Food Preparation & Cooking

City & Guilds Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery 

Train to be an IT Professional 

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in IT Level 3

BTEC Extended Diploma in IT Level 3

Train to be a Plumber

City & Guilds 7202 Diploma in Plumbing Studies Level 1 

City & Guilds 6035 Diploma in Plumbing Studies Level 2


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Latest News

  • Academy celebrates five successful years
    Academy celebrates five successful years

    Five years ago the Technical Skills Academy, a £14m joint project between Barking & Dagenham College and the Borough of Barking and Dagenham was officially opened on 18th October, 2012 by Ed Balls, the former MP.

  • Fast tracking future home builders in London
    Fast tracking future home builders in London

    A new pilot scheme is set to make inroads into closing the home building skills gap in the region by fast tracking qualified construction college leavers into their specialist job area and getting them prepared for the world of work.

  • Huawei Launches Authorised Network Academy with  Barking & Dagenham College
    Huawei Launches Authorised Network Academy with Barking & Dagenham College

    Dagenham, UK, 6 October 2017: Today, Barking and Dagenham College (BDC) and Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider have launched their HAINA (Huawei Authorized Information Network Academy) cooperation.

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