Profile of Walsall College 公立沃莎学院介绍
Walsall College is currently one of the largest colleges in the West Midlands, employing 736 staff and with an annual turnover of £35 million. The only further education college in the Borough, the College’s learner profile comprises 4600 14 -19 year olds, 6550 adults (inc higher education, international and workbased learners) and over 1000 Apprentices employed with public and private sector employers.
Our key focus is on vocational education and training, delivering courses linked to the five regional skills ‘prosperity clusters’ of Business & Professional, Creative Industries, Digital & Technologies, Health & Public Services and Services to People. Each cluster is underpinned by a commitment to access and inclusion enabled through a sixth cluster: Foundation Learning.
In 2009/10 the College delivered success rates for its 16-18 year old learners that were in the top 10% in the country: for 2011/12, we anticipate that success rates for this age group will reach the top 5%, particularly at level 3 where success is currently at 92%.
The College has a national reputation for ‘vocational academies’ delivered through strong collaboration with major blue-chip organisations such as E.on, Francesco, Microsoft, Roland DG and Roland Music. Walsall College is the largest recipient of direct HEFCE funding amongst the further education colleges in the Black Country. The College also has a growing number of international learners following higher education programmes, as well as shorter English Language programmes and internships.
沃莎学院在英国以具有’职业教育中的学术专注’出名，学院有与高科技的蓝芯公司比如E.on, Francesco, Microsoft, Roland DG 和Roland Music 等多年的专业合作。沃莎学院也是Black Country区域最大的直接获得HEFCE资金的受益者。学院同时还拥有不断增加的来自不同的国家的国际学生，他们在高等教育和短期英文课程以及实习项目当中都有参加。
We were one the first colleges in the UK to establish its own awarding organisation. Accredited Skills for Industry (asfi) was created in close partnership with employers, focusing on supporting businesses to develop and accredit training programmes to meet their specific needs. It has been instrumental in addressing skills gaps in newly emerging employment sectors, including Advanced Engineering, Environmental Technologies and Information Technology.