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More than 50 years of apprenticeship training


Many now work in senior positions as far afield as Australia, the US, China and Dubai. Alumni include the Chief Executive of Gatwick Airport Stewart Wingate, the former MD of car parts maker Nifco UK Mike Matthews MBE and comedian Vic Reeve…

Employers Fair


This fair is a great opportunity for talented students and graduates to meet employers that are recruiting for a wide range of graduate jobs, industry placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities.

Open Evening April 24th


South West Durham training is rated outstanding by Ofsted, come along to our open evening to find out why what we offer is amongst the best:

Open Evening March 25th


South West Durham training is rated outstanding by Ofsted, come along to our open evening to find out why what we offer is amongst the best:

Christmas Opening Hours


SWDT will close on Friday 21st December and will reopen Monday 7th January. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all at SWDT!

Training the engineering talent of the future


We work with many of the biggest engineering and manufacturing companies in the region. They include GSK, Hitachi Rail, Husqvarna, 3M, Cummins in Darlington, Ebac, MTE and Nifco UK in Stockton.

Open Evening November 2018


South West Durham training is rated outstanding by Ofsted, come along to our open evening to find out why what we offer is amongst the best:

Recruiting now for HNCs and HNDs in Engineering


The Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) and Higher National Certificates (HNCs) are delivered over two years at our Ofsted ‘outstanding’ rated training centre here on Aycliffe Business Park.

Just three months for electricians to meet new standard


In July, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the British Standards Institution released the 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations - the essential publication for all professionals working in the electrical industry.

SWDT staff make their mark at local awards


South West Durham Training staff were delighted to win an award at the fourth annual Aycliffe Business Park ‘Make Your Mark’ awards ceremony recently.

Laura takes new role in her stride


A former college student has taken a new admin role with South West Durham Training in her stride less than two months in.

SWDT celebrates 50 years of engineering success


SWDT staff, students, former apprentices and invited guests celebrated 50 years (1967 -2017) of engineering success at the Ofsted Outstanding engineering training centre which included a number of key employers, guest speakers and an awards…

50 Years of Success


WWII RAF fighter ace Sir Douglas Bader performed the official ceremony when the centre first threw open its doors to apprentice engineers in 1967.

Business advised to take advantage of the apprenticeship reforms


As from April this year, the way the government funds apprenticeships will change – some employers will be required to contribute to the apprenticeship levy, while there will also be changes to the funding for apprenticeship for all employe…

New plumbing centre offers Gas Safe training


New plumbing and gas centre offering all the key training accreditation needed by domestic plumbers and gas engineers has been officially opened by South West Durham Training.

Open Evening – Engineering and Plumbing courses


If you are interested in Engineering or Plumbing courses and apprenticeships come along to our open evening event at our South West Durham Training centre in Newton Aycliffe.