Dudley College Receives Prestigious TUC/unionlearn Quality Award from Pete Waterman

Dudley College celebrated last week when it was presented with the prestigious unionlearn Quality Award by Dr Pete Waterman, record producer and Patron of the National Skills Academy and Simon Waugh, National Apprenticeships Service Chair. The award was made for Dudley College's Black Country Civil Service Apprenticeship Scheme. Second left Principal Lowell Williams

The college has been working in partnership with Unionlearn and the PCS Union to co-ordinate a programme of essential training for a variety of departments within the HMRC tax office, the Child Support Agency and the Department of Work and Pensions. 

The training, delivered by the college across these busy and complex organisations, focused on customer service and business admin, through to management and team leading for their more senior staff, in the form of Apprenticeships and NVQs.

Criteria for the unionlearn Quality Award concentrates on the relationship developed by the training provider with the employer and union representative. Dudley College was judged on its quality of provision, flexibility and ability to meet employers' requirements.
Lowell Williams, Principal of Dudley College said: "Dudley College is delighted to have the opportunity to support the unions, and we are very proud to be recognised for this award by Unionlearn. Good quality training and staff development in the workplace is important for both employers and their staff. In difficult times working in effective partnerships brings benefits to all parties. We look forward to working together in the future."

Dr Pete Waterman, OBE DL, said: "I am delighted to present the unionlearn Quality Award to Dudley College in recognition of its work with trade unions. Dudley College is playing an important role in raising skills levels throughout the region and helping individuals develop their full potential. I am really pleased to be making this award for the College's work on apprenticeships - an area I am very passionate about."

Quality Award is awarded to providers in the learning world who are committed to working with trade unions. Awards are made to providers who demonstrate that unions and union learners are considered in the design, development and delivery of courses and programmes.