Building dreams in Darlington

Building dreams in Darlington

It was a passion for architecture that inspired tutor Lisa Bowerbank to follow her dreams. Her love of unusual buildings and historical features eventually led Lisa to enthuse others into a love of buildings and the built environment.

Lisa now teaches on the Building Studies HNC Level 4 course at Darlington College and is leading a new generation of building experts in the field.

“Construction is constantly evolving yet it creates building which last a long time. I have always enjoyed architecture but I never imagined it would lead me to a career which I could then share with others,” she said.

The course is one of the flagship programmes at the £40m iconic landmark on Haughton Road.  Past alumni include  Mark Kilcran is now a planner at Shepherd, which is working on a £31.5m contract to construct Hitachi Rail Europe’s new vehicle manufacturing facility at Merchant Park, Newton Aycliffe.

The course programme is a springboard to CIOB qualifications and is a well proven and highly respected qualification throughout the construction industry.

Lisa has taught a legion of construction workers who have gone to gain further qualifications in for example, BS Hons in Architectural Technology, BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying or a career in civil engineering

“The opportunities that these qualifications offer means careers not only here in the North East, but global travel. We know there are a lot of green shoots of recovery in the construction industry, and you only have to look around Darlington to see the changing face of the town’s landscape with new buildings in the town centre and extensive new house building programmes.

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“The industry is picking itself up and this course will ensure we have the next generation of highly skilled and locally trained construction workers. It covers many aspects of the industry and is the natural choice for anyone interested in a career in the construction industry,” said Lisa.

Darlington College has recently invested over £2m in its own construction facilities to ensure students learn and train in industry-standard workshops and courses range from traditional wet trades such as plastering and bricklaying as well as a state of the art gas workshop.

Lisa says the college continues to recruit students of great calibre who work well with local employers.

“Our relationship with local employers particularly in construction goes from strength to strength. There is a huge house building programme next to the college and we are so pleased that the developers Keep Moat Homes have taken on two of our apprentices. As a educational establishment, it’s great to see these young people learn their trades from experts on site but to be able to come back here for their classroom education,” she said.

The college has a dynamic business development team who work with flagship employers in the region for bespoke training and apprentice opportunities. To find out more contact 01325 503048.