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Dudley North MP Ian Austin has said he’s “absolutely delighted” at Dudley College being awarded an “outstanding” rating by Ofsted.

He congratulated College Principal Lowell Williams and all his colleagues and students on achieving the award which ranks Dudley College as one of the best in the country.

Austin has supported Mr Williams and his team as they built a brilliant new town centre campus, tackled the college’s financial problems, increased student numbers and transformed the quality of teaching.

The college is also working closely to support businesses in the borough and is now the largest provider of apprenticeships in the West Midlands.

Austin is backing the college’s plans to develop University Centre Dudley, a new £30 million university-level technical and hi-tech manufacturing centre at Castle Hill that will boost the Black Country’s economy and bring new industries and new jobs to the area.

The centre be a new university-level technical and hi-tech manufacturing centre making Dudley a national centre for a wide range of new industries such as vehicle propulsion, rail systems and digital engineering.

It will enable Dudley College to deliver more apprenticeships, higher level and technical apprenticeships and will work with other universities to offer degrees.

Ian Austin said:

“Everyone in Dudley should be saying a massive thank you to Lowell Williams and his team for the way they have turned the college round, transformed the town centre, supported local businesses and helped strengthen the area’s economy.

“I’ve always said we need to make education our number one priority to help local businesses grow, give youngsters a first class start and give adults the opportunity to get new jobs too.

“The college’s success is helping Dudley and the Black Country attract new investment and new jobs to replace those we’ve lost in traditional industries. The new campus won’t just transform a derelict site but transform our economy and the opportunities for local youngsters.”

Austin expresses delight at college's outstanding Ofsted rating

Dudley North MP Ian Austin has said he’s “absolutely delighted” at Dudley College being awarded an “outstanding” rating by Ofsted.

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A new £30 million university-level technical and hi-tech manufacturing centre will transform Dudley and bring new industries and new jobs to the Black Country.

The plans have been developed by Dudley College and won the backing of Labour’s candidate for the West Midlands Mayor Sion Simon during a visit to Dudley today.

The plan proposes a new campus on the former freight-liner terminal at Castle Hill next to the site of the new £27 million Very Light Rail Innovation Centre being developed with Warwick University’s Warwick Manufacturing Group.

It will be a new university-level technical and hi-tech manufacturing centre making Dudley a national centre for a wide range of new industries such as vehicle propulsion, rail systems and digital engineering.

It will enable Dudley College to deliver more apprenticeships, higher level and technical apprenticeships and will work with other universities to offer degrees.

Ian Austin said:

“Sion Simon has promised that if he becomes the Mayor Dudley will get this fantastic new campus.

“This is brilliant news for Dudley because it will open up opportunities and build a better future for local people and make Dudley a strong town again.

“The new campus will bring new cutting-edge, hi-tech industries to Dudley as well as more apprenticeships, degrees and well-paid jobs for local people.

“I’ve always said we need to make education our number one priority to help local businesses grow, give youngsters a first class start and give adults the opportunity to get new jobs too.

“Dudley is the biggest place in the country with no university campus so this will help us attract new investment and new jobs to replace those we’ve lost in traditional industries. The new campus won’t just transform a derelict site but transform our economy and the opportunities for local youngsters.”

Sion Simon said:

“The Black Country lit the spark that fired the Industrial Revolution, changing not just the West Midlands or even Britain, but the whole of the world. That’s why we will take back control of skills budgets and work with Dudley College to deliver more apprenticeships, higher and technical apprenticeships and contribute to a £30 million university centre - a new, university-level technical and hi-tech manufacturing centre in the heart of the Black Country that will make Dudley a national leader of skills in vehicle propulsion, rail systems, digital engineering and more.”

Labour's Promise: New £30m University Centre in Dudley

A new £30 million university-level technical and hi-tech manufacturing centre will transform Dudley and bring new industries and new jobs to the Black Country.

A new survey conducted has revealed that Dudley residents want improving skills to be the top priority for the new West Midlands Mayor.

The survey of over 5,000 residents was conducted by Dudley MP Ian Austin, with more than 36% saying that the new mayor should make skills and training their top priority. Another 20% said that tackling unemployment should come top while 16% said the mayor needs to support businesses.

Residents were also invited to express their support for different mayoral policies, with 71% saying they backed Sion Simon’s plans for more health and social care funding.

Three-quarters said they planned to vote in the upcoming mayoral contest and over 70% wanted the new mayor to use surveys to keep in touch with the views of people from across the region.

Austin is now presenting the results to the mayoral candidates and will ask them to set out their plans for Dudley.

Ian Austin said:

“Dudley lit the spark that fired the industrial revolution, and today we need a new industrial revolution to make Dudley a strong town again.

“That means making education our number one priority to attract new jobs and new businesses to replace those we’ve lost in traditional industries.

“I'll be sharing the results of this survey with the mayoral candidates and asking them to tell us what they'll do for Dudley.”

Dudley residents say skills should be West Midlands Mayor's top priority

A new survey conducted has revealed that Dudley residents want improving skills to be the top priority for the new West Midlands Mayor.


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