Annual Review 2008-09
There's no point pretending that these are anything but trying times. 2008-09 has been a difficult year for many in the Black Country and the global recession has had a profound and damaging effect on our local economy.
Here at Dudley College we have been acutely aware of our heightened role as many local people and businesses have turned to us for help. Through 2008-09 we supported record numbers of both young people, on full and part time courses, and adults, following employer based learning programmes.
We also introduced a suite of courses especially designed to meet the needs of those made redundant or at risk of redundancy. 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.
For the fourth consecutive year our success rates have improved, these are now above national benchmarks across all levels and across all age groups. This is a tremendous achievement. In addition, close management of our own finances, which has included a programme of efficiency savings across the college, has resulted in good financial performance, consolidating our underlying financial strength. As ever, it is the staff of the college who have delivered this performance and who deserve our thanks.
We are now firmly in a position to look forward, with confidence even in these uncertain times, to a successful future. ...
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