Chancellor Philip Hammond, heralds new era of technical training

Just hours after announcing the spring budget The Rt Hon Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer visited Dudley College to launch the government’s Midlands Engine Strategy and Midlands Transport policy. He also found time to hear about our plans for Advance II and discuss the ways in which, through our work with the Local Enterprise Partnership and local employers, we are making a significant difference to the skills deficit. He also took time to meet with some of our engineering students.

A core component of The Midlands Engine Strategy is how to strengthen skills and close the gap between the Midlands and the rest of the country. The strategy pledges additional funding for a range of interventions to boost upskilling the existing workforce and increase lifelong learning. We have been closely involved in the Midlands Engine as it has been developed so we are well place to take advantage of these new developments.

The Transport Policy will improve regional connectivity between the Midlands and the rest of the UK, to boost business and grow the regional economy.

Principal Lowell Williams also spoke to him about the ways in which the college are developing its Advance II curriculum to provide real skills for real businesses. The Chancellor was fully supportive of what the college is trying to do.

Meeting with students, the Chancellor asked them about their career aspirations and how they felt their studies would equip them for the future. As ever our students were proud to talk about what they have been learning and their confidence that this will be the foundation for their career success.

Take a look at the photographs from the event.