Full Time Learners Aged 16-18 Years - Enrolments (Updated In-Year)

Enrolment of full-time learners aged 16-18 years is exceptionally strong, growing further on the high numbers experienced in 2018-19. The quality of provision, rising levels of learner satisfaction and the ongoing development of the Dudley Learning Quarter are all factors in our continued high levels of recruitment. The number of learners has also grown due to the transfer of provision from the Hagley Rd Stourbridge site of BMET College following the decision to close that site.

Full Time Learners Aged 16-18 Years - Enrolments (2018-19 Year-End)

Engagement and participation rates

Learner engagement trend analysis

Bar chart showing learner engagement trend analysis

We have been successful in our drive to engage more young people in learning. The overall numbers of learners rose in 2018/19. Core college programmes of study has continued to grow, resulting in a shift from 2,589 learners in 2011/12 to 4,096 learners in 2018/19, an increase of 58.2%. This growth is set against a backdrop of a shrinking population of young people aged 16-18 years, both in Dudley borough and the surrounding areas.

There are a number of factors influencing this growth, none more so than the improving quality of our provision and the development of the Dudley Learning Quarter, which now provides first class specialist training facilities. This growth shows high levels of confidence in Dudley College of Technology and is vital both for the regional economy and our continued financial health.

Travel to Learn Map

Heatmap showing travel to learn pattern for 16 to 18 learners

The map shows the travel to learn pattern of our learners in 2018/19. The majority of learners are from Dudley borough, as you would expect, with increasing numbers of learners looking to remain in Dudley to study rather than travel elsewhere. Our catchment area has extended slightly with an increase in recruitment from the schools in the west of the borough in particular. We are pleased to be the first choice for many local learners and recognise the wider regional contribution we make to the lives of learners aged 16-18 years.