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Dudley College given 8m by Black Country LEP

Jul 07 2014

A view of the new CABTech development.Dudley College is today celebrating the success of its bid for funds to support the development of a new construction centre which will complete its vision for the Dudley Learning Quarter. 

Part of the Black Country Growth Deal, ‘Made in the Black Country, Sold around the World’, the new Advanced Centre for Advanced Building Technologies and Construction (CABTech) will play a significant role in supporting the Black Country Strategic Economic Plan, which aims to make the area a better place to live, learn skills, work and set up businesses. 

Construction is due to commence in September 2015, opening to students in the spring of 2017.  Ultimately, the centre hopes to up-skill over 3,250 people over five years and equip local residents with the skills to take up the many construction sector opportunities that will be generated by HS2 across the West Midlands.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said "The Black Country Growth Deal will help to create thousands of jobs, provide incredible new training opportunities for young people, allow thousands of new homes to be built, and improve transport links across the country for people and their families; building a stronger economy and a fairer society. We’re placing the power and money in the hands of people in the Black Country who know how to spend it best, making a real difference to local communities.”

On hearing the announcement that the college has been selected for funding, Principal Lowell Williams said “we are thrilled that the government has recognised the role that Dudley College can play in the regeneration of the Black Country.  Over the last three years, we have invested heavily in Dudley’s town centre; this funding will bring our total investment to £50m.  CABTech will enable us to bring training opportunities in advanced building and construction skills to the region that will support the recovery of the construction industry and its supply chain”.