Apprenticeship success earns Black Country College a national top 3 accolade for successful training

Dudley College has secured national recognition for the Apprenticeship training it provides. With an overall success rate of 89%, 20% above the national average, the Black Country college is now ranked as one of the top three colleges nationally for the number of apprentices successfully achieve their qualifications.

With 850 apprentices having successfully completed their training during 2013/14, the college was also the largest provider to feature in the published 'top 5' list of General Further Education (GFE).

"I'm delighted the college has been recognised for the quality of our apprenticeship programmes. All the staff and students involved in our fantastic success must be congratulated on their outstanding effort," says Lowell Williams, Principal of Dudley College, adding "I am extremely proud that our apprentices, with the support of their employers have clearly put us on the map as a quality provider of Apprenticeships. Our success comes at a time when we are facing major cut-backs, continuing economic uncertainty and pressure on college budgets - proof that to triumph in such a grim environment marks a mammoth achievement."

With a large majority of the college's Apprenticeships supporting the regions engineering and manufacturing sector, workforces are being developed through a mix of hands-on experience and technical skills in the workplace, along with essential theory. From entry level through to the highly advanced and critical skills that businesses demand to thrive in a fiercely competitive environment, the college have developed a range of training to meet employer's needs.

Speaking at the recent opening of Dudley Advance, the college's new £9m Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology, Professor Brian Cox noted that opportunities were endless for young people and apprentices who studied qualifications in science and engineering. "There will be a guaranteed job - they will be in demand. But the most important thing is how exciting it is to learn about science and engineering. There is a possibility for these students to be involved in building aeroplane engines and Mars rovers."

Dudley College offers a wide choice of study pathways. These include Electrical and Electronic engineering, Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering Maintenance, Technical support, Leadership, Business improvement techniques, Materials processing and finishing plus Casting and foundry. Dudley bridges the skills gap at all levels across all these disciplines.