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This page will give you a quick overview of all the options available to you to study engineering or plumbing at SWDT when you are ready to progress onto college.

Don't worry if you haven't studied engineering or plumbing before - we have courses that will build up your knowledge and understanding over time under the guidance of our expert industry-experienced tutors and staff. If you have studied engineering before, such as at GCSE, then we also have advanced courses that will build on your existing knowledge and allow you to push and challenge your skills in new and exciting ways.

Who are South West Durham Training?

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South West Durham Training Limited (SWDT) was founded in 1967 to provide training for local manufacturing and engineering companies predominantly around the Newton Aycliffe and Darlington areas. We are based in large, modern, purpose built premises in Newton Aycliffe and have a comprehensive, fully equipped training centre to provide first class industry led training.

With links to major road networks, students can easily take advantage of their free bus pass to travel to us. We are in the perfect location to help you start your career.

Why pick South West Durham Training?

SWDT is perfectly suited to help you establish your career in the sector. Our links with local, national and international engineering and plumbing companies allow us to support you to successfully apply for competitive and well-paid apprenticeships. Our A-Level equivalent courses allow you to progress onto a range of local and national universities, with the option to study locally at SWDT too. Our knowledgeable staff and friendly careers team will support you to reach your goal, whether that is employment, an apprenticeship or a place at university!

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What facilities will I have access to?

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What courses could I study?

We have a course at SWDT regardless of your previous experience of Engineering or Plumbing. If you have studied engineering at GCSE level, you might be able to go directly onto our Level 3 A-Level equivalent course! If not, we have other courses designed to build up your skills first.

What careers are there in this area?

Find out more about careers in this area by clicking the image below:

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Want to find out more?

SWDT has its own website for everything engineering and plumbing that you can access here.

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