A qualified accountant and highly experienced leader, Midlands-born Jatinder Sharma is principal and chief executive of Walsall College, having previously held a number of senior positions in both private and public sectors.
Walsall College employs over 850 people, delivering technical and vocational qualifications, apprenticeships and higher education to a community of more than 15,000 students. Training is delivered across 5 main campuses, in addition to online learning and on-the-job training with employers.
The College has been graded Outstanding by Ofsted since February 2013 and has outstanding status for its financial health. More recently, the College was named as the West Midlands’ Apprentice provider of the Year’ by FE Week in 2018.
Jatinder is a passionate champion of the vital role that skills and training play in the development of the West Midlands economy and the ongoing regeneration of Walsall and the Black Country.
The college works closely with more than 500 employers, the Black Country LEP and West Midlands Combined Authority, to ensure that its students develop the qualifications, attributes, work experience and work-related skills to match the region’s growing employment sectors now and in the future.
Jatinder was awarded an OBE (Officer of the most excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2015 for his services to Further Education. He is a board member of the Association of Colleges, Walsall Housing Group, and is a member of the Walsall Proud Partnership. He also represents Further Education on the Department for Education (DfE) Principals’ Reference Group.