Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin calls for creation of Dudley Institute of Technology

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on the Government to support the creation of a Dudley Institute of Technology.

The Government is establishing a number of Institutes of Technology across the country to improve engineering, manufacturing and technology skills.

Dudley College has bid to host the Black Country’s Institute of Technology at its town centre campus. It is already building Dudley Advance II, a new £11 million centre is due to open in Spring 2017 and will be the first college of its kind specialising in the latest construction techniques, technology and off-site fabrication.

Austin has worked closely with Dudley College and local manufacturers to support the construction of the new centre, and has previously met with Ministers to build support for the plans.

Speaking at Business, Innovation and Skills Questions, Austin said:

“One of the best ways of bringing new industries and new jobs to replace the ones we’ve lost in the West Midlands over the last few decades is to get behind the exciting plans for an Institute of Technology.

“This builds on the brilliant work that has been going on at Dudley Advance which we were so delighted to welcome the Minister for Skills to earlier this year, and which I think he was very impressed with.

“Will he meet a delegation from Dudley to hear about these plans and discuss them in detail?”

The Secretary of State for Business, Sajid Javid replied:

“Mr Speaker, I am a big fan of Dudley and I’d love to visit again.”

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