Initiatives by Walsall College to meet skills priorities and support a digitalised and greener economy were showcased to the Department for Education’s Director General during a recent visit.
Paul Kett, director general for further and higher education spoke with T Level students who have begun industry placements with employers in construction, early years, health and computing (digital services). In addition, he toured the college’s new Light Electric and Alternative Fuel (LEAF) workshop where automotive technicians and mechanics undergo training to safely maintain and service electric and hybrid vehicles.
In conversation with the employer responsive team, Mr Kett saw examples of how the college works with employers to create apprenticeship vacancies and access funding. With vacancies increasing locally, the team outlined how learners and candidates, particularly those aged 16-24 receive help to transition from vocational courses and training programmes onto intermediate and higher-level apprenticeships.
Jatinder Sharma OBE, Principal and CEO at Walsall College said: “With the college year well underway and students thriving in their learning environments, this was the ideal time for us to welcome Paul and showcase our employer-led technical, professional and community education portfolio.
“Our T Levels, investment in new facilities, along with our bespoke programmes for jobseekers and existing workforces mean we are well placed to train individuals for existing and emerging job markets, especially within sectors experiencing rapid growth.”
Paul Kett, Director General for Higher Education and Further Education at the Department for Education, said: “It was great to meet the staff and students of Walsall College and to hear all about how they are delivering our new T Level qualifications, as well as seeing first-hand how the college is working students to support them into jobs or further study through its careers team.”
Employers working with the college’s T Level students include Balfour Beatty VINCI, Walsall NHS Trust and LearnPlay Foundation.