Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin urges government to back Dudley College

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on the government to reverse cutbacks that are putting jobs and training places at risk at Dudley College.

Dudley College has been ranked as one of the top three colleges in the country for students completing apprenticeships and has had consistently “good” or “outstanding” by Ofsted, but funding cuts of £1.4 million are already forcing it to cut 30 jobs and 1,500 places.

Funding for the next few years is now on hold as the government decides where to make an extra £900 million in spending cuts, threatening further cuts to jobs, places and investment at the college.

Speaking in a debate on education in the House of Commons, Austin urged Government Ministers to make a long-term plan so Dudley College could continue to invest in the town.

The MP has been campaigning to make education and skills Dudley’s top priority, working closely with Dudley College, Aston University and local manufacturers to support the construction of Dudley Advance, a new centre offering advanced manufacturing training.

Ian Austin said:

“I think we need to make education Dudley’s number one priority to attract new businesses and jobs to replace the ones that we’ve lost.

“Lowell Williams and his colleagues at Dudley College are doing a brilliant job helping local businesses grow, educating young people and helping adults get new jobs too.

“They are doing exactly what ministers have asked colleges to do, and the government must give Dudley College the certainty it needs to keep investing in education.”

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