BUSINESSES PUT LEARNING CITY ON THE MENU

Businesses from across Wolverhampton put learning opportunities firmly on the menu as part of the city’s inaugural skills dinner.

Stakeholders from across the city, including those from local industry, education, health and the voluntary sectors, joined forces at the annual dinner to discuss how to create a skilled workforce for the future.

They were joined by Chief Superintendent for Wolverhampton Police Jayne Meir, Councillor Barry Findlay, Mayor of Wolverhampton, and Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, at City of Wolverhampton College’s Academy Restaurant on September 27.

The event was part of Wolverhampton’s Business Week, a free week-long calendar of events supporting and celebrating the city’s economic growth.

Around 40 diners enjoyed a three course meal cooked by catering students from the college while celebrating educational achievements of the last year and committing to further investment in creating a learning city.

They were also able to listen to students’ experiences of learning and developing skills.
Claire Boliver, principal of City of Wolverhampton College, said: “We want our young people to know what jobs are coming up so they can make informed choices about training and education. We want our graduates to aspire to staying in this city because of the availability of exciting and well-paid jobs with opportunities for progression. And we want to help unemployed adults back to work with customised training which gives them a new start in life again.

“The evening was about making a commitment to creating the learning offer that will help communities and businesses to thrive, and put learning at the heart of our city’s development.”

City of Wolverhampton Council, Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: “Improving skills among the young people in our city is crucial to our economic regeneration.

“Local skills and employment partners and training providers are committed to driving up the number, quality and range of opportunities for people and businesses across the city.
“We are eager to see more opportunities made available in areas of high demand like health and social care and construction as well as support higher level opportunities in advanced manufacturing and engineering.”

Wolverhampton Business Week takes place from Monday 26 September to Friday 30 September. For more information visit http://www.investwolverhampton.com/bizweek/programme.htm.

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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