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Barking and Dagenham College

Welcome to London's leading College for technical and professional training that leads to work or to university

Join us in our mission

“Creating positive life chances for people through education and training for work, that leads to economic independence and prosperity.”

Delivering high level skills that lead to economic independence

Barking & Dagenham College offers students high level technical and professional training that enables them to compete successfully in London's global job market.

Each year over 12,500 students choose us for their training, of which around 3,500 are age 16 - 18, and 9,000 are adults age 19 and over.

Leading London's apprenticeship delivery

The College is one London's top providers of apprenticeship training. Over 300 employer clients commission us to train their apprentices each year and our client list includes high profile businesses including the RAC, Siemens, the North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, and Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc. 

Specialist training centres, offering industry-standard facilities 

In addition to our main Rush Green campus (pictured above), we also offer:
  • The Technical Skills Academy in Barking Town Centre, is a specialist centre for students age 16 - 18

  • The Broadway Theatre, a real working theatre, home to our School for the Performing Arts & Technical Theatre. The College also manages the Theatre - you can read more via this link. 

  • London Road Garage, for Motor Vehicle, Motorport and Auto Engineering

  • Barking Learning Centre, delivering work-ready courses for adults

National award winning

  • 2015: Home ot the VQ Teacher of the Year 

  • 2015: Enterprising College of the Year

  • 2011: TES Further Education Award Outstanding Entrepreneurship in Learning and Skills

  • 2012: TES Further Education Award Outstanding E-Learning Team 

  • 2014: TES Further Education Award Outstanding Support for Students

  • 2014: TES Further Education Award Highly Commended in the Provider of the Year category





Gold standard

In Autumn 2013 we were awarded Gold accreditation by Investors in People - their highest award - and we also hold the Disability Two Ticks Symbol, which means we are positive about a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
As a member of our team you will have access to a rigorous programme of Staff Learning and Development to help enhance your  talent and career opportunities. To find out more about joining our team just follow these links:

A Gazelle College 

BDC is one of only 20 Gazelle Colleges across the UK. It means that we recognise that the highest quality technical skills are not enough on their own, students need opportunities to develop their T-shaped skills too. Skills such as creativity, resilience, innovation, initiative, enterprise problem solving. 
Through studying at a Gazelle College, our students learn by doing and that means real work experience for clients through our Entrepreneurs' Academy. 
Our students get access to leading entrepreneurs, competitions and activities which help them develop the skills needed for the UK economy - whether that means creating their own job or becoming an entrepreneurial employee. 
The Gazelle Colleges group is transforming further education, developing new commercial learning models and innovative partnerships with business, to equip students with the skills to be creative, confident and resilient in the workplace.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Motivated and Empowered: Cathy Walsh OBE,  former Principal and CEO, invites you to join our staff team

In this video, Cathy welcomes you and talks about the values and behaviours that are central to A Truly Great College - Passionate About Success.


Meet Janet Curtis-Broni, Director of Human Resources & Development

Advanced Practitioner in Construction & Design Management, Alan Burgess talks about his role at BDC



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