New Engineering Academy sets learners on a pathway to success

New Engineering Academy sets learners on a pathway to success

Dudley College of Technology has launched a new initiative enrolling the first cohort of 29 students into their new Engineering & Manufacturing Academy.  The Academy which has been set up with the backing of local employers is designed to help identify young, talented engineers and help bridge the skills gap for employers across the region.

Learners in the Academy will complete an initial 4-week programme before moving on to an Apprenticeship or further full-time study, with the intention the Academy will give school leavers a head start in securing a career in these sectors.

Students at the Academy will complete units towards their Level 1 Certificate in Engineering; including Bench fitting and Engineering Drawing, they will also gain a full employability qualification.  A number of employers  from across the region are committed to recruiting from the Academy at the end of their first four weeks.

Commenting on the new proposition Neil Thomas, Principal at Dudley College of Technology, said, “It is really exciting to launch the Engineering & Manufacturing Academy. We will help these students to build the skillset that the industry requires, so they are equipped to take their first steps on to a successful career in engineering and manufacturing.”

One of the new Academy recruits Derry Naylor (aged 16), said: “The programme is hands-on and practical, I have already learnt new skills.  I would highly recommend this to anyone who has a keen interest in engineering and manufacturing.  I have found the transition from secondary school to college a really positive experience.”

The Academy will recruit another group of learners in January and the college is currently taking names for anyone interested in joining the waiting list.

For more information about the Academy, please contact Anumit Kaur on 01384 363709 or email