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Colleges West Midlands brochure

  1. 1. developing skills for business success
  2. 2. Colleges West Midlands– Who we areColleges West Midlands are forty-five colleges offurther education located in the West Midlands region.Together, we provide education and training for over300,000 individuals each year including more than 200,000adults and 100,000 16 to 18 year olds who chose to studyat college after completing their compulsory schooleducation.Our Colleges have a rapidly growing internationalreputation with more than 3,000 of our students comingfrom outside the UK and over half of those coming fromoutside the European Union.We play a vital role in creating an environment in whichbusiness can thrive by educating and training youngpeople and adults in the knowledge and skills whichemployers say are essential to their success.What unites our Colleges is a desire to ensure thegreatest return from the investment that individuals dand employers make in improving their skills, knowledgeand expertise. Each of the individual Colleges who form Colleges West Midlands is committed to providing high quality education and training. We represent a huge resource for individuals and businesses to draw on to unlock their potential and get the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. Graham Morley, Chief Executive of South Staffordshire College and Chair of AoC West Midlands Higher skills bring higher productivity. But they also allow businesses to become more efficient and more innovative. John Hayes MP, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning Business is on the mend - and skills is a key driver. ... Employers are looking to increase their investment in training and development, recognising the importance of skills to d unlocking business opportunities. John Cridland, CBI Director-General, CBI Skills Survey 2011
  3. 3. How we can help Business needs are our starting point. Colleges will work closely with you to understand how a training and workforce development programme fits in with your business plan. We can provide individually designed training programmes lasting from one day to longer programmes of vocational learning which lead to recognised qualifications and are often delivered as part of an Apprenticeship. Most training programmes can be delivered in the workplace at times which suit you and your employees. And we use the latest learning technology to ensure that your employees benefit from the most effective approaches to teaching and learning. Colleges offer courses and programmes at many levels from post-graduate qualifications and degrees to courses to improve levels of literacy and numeracy. We run courses which give professional qualifications and certification as well as courses in leadership, management and business improvement.Business benefitsThe businesses we work with report that investing in skills development leads to significant benefits including: • Greater ability to compete and innovate – through a more knowledgeable and skilled workforce • Better staff retention and reduced recruitment costs – through an increase in staff morale and motivation • Increased productivity and higher profitability – through more efficient business processes and a more flexible, agile workforce • More repeat business – through improved customer satisfaction
  4. 4. Custom-designed management trainingThe G4S management programme at Charterhouse Training, the business training arm of City College Coventry,was developed around a series of themed residential events to focus on the key aspects of managementunderpinning the corporate strategy. This enabled managers from both the operational and support areas of theG4S business to analyse and discuss issues and opportunities impacting on the organisation. The frameworkof the course allowed for an exploration of management theory whilst considering practical application.“By developing a close working relationship with both the training and development department and operationalmanagers we were ideally placed to translate the unique nature of the G4S business into a nationally recognisedqualification”.Martin Bate, Management Development Consultant, Charterhouse Training, City College Coventry Supporting employees to meet new business needs Dudley College and Unite the Union worked together to develop a range of supported training courses for employees at Chamberlin and Hill Castings Ltd, part of the Chamberlin plc group. The support package was delivered at the company’s onsite learning centre with drop in workshops and flexible attendance allowing employees to attend regardless of shift patterns. The uptake of staff in improving their skills has been much greater than originally envisaged. One noticeable area of success was the number of staff keen to improve upon their literacy and numeracy skills, as well as completing other work-related qualifications. “To accommodate demand from adult learners, we made some radical changes to the delivery pattern of many of our learning programmes, including more flexible start dates, opening at weekends, work based assessment and training during unsocial hours. These changes have not compromised the quality of our work.” Lowell Williams, Principal and Chief Executive, Dudley College
  5. 5. Colleges play a major part in increasing workforce skills through Apprenticeships. These are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers and which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. You can use Apprenticeships to train both new and existing employees. Apprenticeships are designed by industry-led organisations while the National Apprenticeship Service, a Government agency, helps to fund the training. Business representatives from the relevant industry work with the Sector Skills Councils to develop the course content. Because these people genuinely understand your business, the training will be relevant to your industry. In the West Midlands, 18,500 individuals are undertaking an employer-based Apprenticeship through a College. Colleges can work with you to: • help you decide which Apprenticeship is right for you • explain the way that Apprenticeships might work for you and if funding is available • recruit an apprentice or support your existing staff into Apprenticeships • agree a training plan with your apprentice that meets national quality standards • manage the training and support your apprentice, as they work through the programmeMapping the road to successWest Midlands company, Falco UK, recruited an Apprentice through Skillsbase at Leek College. Teenager LucyBaker is completing a national vocational qualification in Business Administration whilst being employed as asales coordinator at Falco - a market-leading company selling street furniture and cycle parking systems.Falco Managing Director Jeremy Green said: “Because we are expanding as an organisation we needed tostrengthen the sales and marketing side of the business. Lucy has proven to be a real asset to the companyand, without the Apprenticeship scheme, we could not have afforded to employ her. This way we get the newemployee we need straight away and we get to mould them into our way of working. Lucy’s role is a vital oneand I have been very impressed with the training she’s receiving through Skillsbase at Leek College.”
  6. 6. Achieving excellenceAchievement rates in our Colleges are first class, with more than 90% ofstudents achieving their intended qualification.Over 115,000 courses in science, technology, engineering and maths areundertaken by students at our Colleges – subjects which businesses say arevital to their success.100% of our Colleges are judged satisfactory or better for the quality of theirprovision by the national inspection service, Ofsted.Higher educationColleges provide more than a third of entrants to universities and higher educationinstitutions.Nearly three-quarters of all Higher National Diplomas and Certificates and over 40%of all Foundation Degrees taught in the West Midlands are taught in our Colleges.Three-quarters of our Colleges teach undergraduate and postgraduate level courses.Contributing to the economyThe combined income of our Colleges in 2009/10 was £916 million.We employ 31,000 people, 17,000 of whom are teachers and lecturers.Our Colleges returned £550 million to staff in wages, salaries, pensions andassociated payments in 2009/10.Government research shows that, nationally, students aged 19+ in furthereducation generate an additional £75 billion for the economy over their lifetimes.And that Apprenticeships generate £40 for each £1 of Government investment.World skillsTwo members of Team UK, competing at World Skills London, study at two ofour Colleges:- Joe Price, representing the UK in Carpentry, completed an Advanced Apprenticeship at Shrewsbury College- Victoria Richards, competing for Team UK in Floristry, studies at South Staffordshire CollegeBoth were Gold Medal winners in their respective competitions at World SkillsUK 2010.Two of our Colleges hosted the UK Squad and Teamselection events for World Skills 2011.“Participation and success in skills competitions have raised theaspiration of our organisation and has given both staff and students newlevels of pride and confidence in our many different vocational skillsareas. Competitions excite us as a College community and have raised ourprofile on a national and international stage”.Marion Plant, Principal and Chief Executive, North Warwickshire & Hinckley College
  7. 7. Our region The West Midlands is a great place to invest, work, learn, visit and live. Located at the heart of the UK, the region contains fantastic diversity – in its businesses, its places and its people. This vibrant region comprises the counties of Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire; the unitary authorities of Stoke-on-Trent and Telford & Wrekin; and the seven metropolitan districts of Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton.Colleges West Midlands are:Birmingham Metropolitan College Hereward College Shrewsbury VI Form CollegeBournville College Joseph Chamberlain VI Form College Solihull CollegeBurton & South Derbyshire College Kidderminster College South Birmingham CollegeCadbury VI Form College King Edward VI College Nuneaton South Staffordshire CollegeCity College Birmingham King Edward VI College Stourbridge South Worcestershire CollegeCity College Coventry Leek College Stafford CollegeCity of Stoke on Trent VI Form College Ludlow College Stoke on Trent CollegeCity of Wolverhampton College Newcastle under Lyme College Stourbridge CollegeDerwen College New College Telford Stratford upon Avon CollegeDudley College North East Worcestershire College Telford College of Arts & TechnologyFircroft College of Adult Education North Warwickshire & Hinckley College Walford & North Shropshire CollegeHenley College Coventry Queen Alexandra College Walsall CollegeHereford College of Arts Royal National College for the Blind Warwickshire CollegeHerefordshire College of Technology Sandwell College Worcester College of TechnologyHereford VI Form College Shrewsbury College of Arts & Technology Worcester VI Form College
  8. 8. Steve Sawbridge - Regional Director: Southall-Chell - Communications Officer: Yasmin Byrne - Office Administrator: West Midlands is an initiative of the Association of Colleges (AoC)– the representative organisation for further education colleges in England.The Association of Colleges (AoC) exists to represent and promote the interests ofColleges and provide members with professional support services. We workclosely with national, regional and local government and their agencies to helpshape policy and to create an environment in which Colleges can thrive.AoC was established in 1996 by Colleges themselves as a voice for furthereducation and higher education delivered in Colleges, at national and regional level.If you want to know more about how our Colleges can work with you to meetyour business needs, please visit the Colleges West Midlands website or contact us at the address below. AoC West Midlands Regional Office: Wolverhampton Science Park, Glaisher Drive Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV10 9RU Tel: +44 (0)1902 824399 © Association of Colleges 2011