South Staffordshire College joins sector leaders as part of the 157 Group

South Staffordshire College joins sector leaders as part of the 157 GroupSouth Staffordshire College are delighted to announce that they have become members of the 157 Group. The forward thinking membership organisation represents 30 leading UK colleges across the UK working in collaboration with others to transform the UK economy through the delivery of high-quality technical and professional education.

Membership to the group is awarded to those who share in the group’s ethos and take a leading role in shaping the future skills needs of the UK. Members have strong partnerships with employers, leading to the delivery of high quality professional skills and provide transformative leadership in the education sector. Collectively, members are thought leaders in the areas of policy implementation and sector funding and provide learning environments which support enhanced technical and professional skills required by industry leaders.

Being selected for 157 Group Membership is testament to the hard work and commitment that South Staffordshire College continue to show to transforming the education in the digital age, and naturally, they are thrilled to have been recognised in such a positive way. Speaking about becoming members of the Group, South Staffordshire College’s Chief Executive Principal Graham Morley says “We are delighted to be joining the 157 Group. As a business facing organisation we are committed to connecting with similar organisations who share our vision, values and principles. We are looking forward to making a significant contribution to the work of this group for the benefit of those we serve.

South Staffordshire College transforms the life chances of thousands of people every year. We are dedicated to supporting the businesses and other stakeholders in the development of the skills capital needed to thrive in a connected world. The 157 Group is a strong collaboration of thought leading education providers who are making a real difference to the economic skills base of the UK and we are proud to be joining with them in this challenge.”

In line with the 157 Group’s vision, South Staffordshire College are driving many new initiatives, including the expansion of Traineeships and Apprenticeships. With a long and proven track record of working with over 1000 businesses in a range of sectors, the College works with over 1400 Apprentices each year. This year, this provision will be expanded further, with the opening of the College’s new AgriSTEM Academy. Based on the 180 hectare rural Rodbaston estate, the Academy will transform the scale and quality of industry relevant training in the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) and Agricultural Engineering & Technology (AgriTech) sectors. New apprenticeships in Landbased Technology, Agricultural Engineering, Renewable Energies, Motor Vehicle Maintenance and many more, will provide learners with access to an even wider range of opportunities.

At the forefront of education in the digital age, the College has also undergone a digital transformation, providing all staff and students with access to the latest chromebase technology and Google Apps for Education facilities.

Director of Strategy and Infrastructure Jamie Smith says ‘In the past year South Staffordshire College has transformed its infrastructure to enable our communities to secure the skills they need with industry leading employers. Learners are able to access provision on any device and location through the application of cloud technology such as Google Apps for Education and remodelled LRC spaces. These developments have already secured external recognition through two award nominations and now becoming a member of 157 Group of sector leading organisations is the latest tribute to the outstanding talents of our staff and the communities we serve’.

The College’s 157 Group membership is the latest in a long line of achievements at South Staffordshire College. Keep up to date with the latest news via social media:

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About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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