Dudley MP Ian Austin has welcomed the news of a £32 Institute of Technology (IoT) in Dudley as an opportunity to attract new industries and new jobs to the Black Country.
Austin pledged at the 2017 General Election to secure the delivery of the IoT and is “delighted” the investment has been secured.
The new centre will be developed by Dudley College working with universities and local businesses. Austin has supported the IoT since the original plans were developed and has worked closely with Dudley College to secure investment from the government.
In 2016 he called on the then Secretary of State for Business, Sajid Javid, to meet him and a delegation from Dudley College to consider Dudley as a site for the new IoT. Since then he has:
- Worked with the college on the bid
- Attended meetings with civil servants to present the proposals
- Had countless discussions with Government Ministers
- Spoken in Parliament about the plans and the need for investment in education and skills in Dudley on many occasions
Ian Austin Said:
“I am absolutely delighted! This is brilliant news for Dudley, and will help bring the new hi-tech skills we need to attract new businesses and well-paid secure jobs for local people.
I’ve worked really hard to support this project, keeping the promise I made at the election to make education and skills our number one priority in Dudley and to back plans for a new hi-tech campus to attract new industries and new jobs to the Black Country.
I’m really pleased to deliver on my election promise. From the development of the initial plans to the announcement today, I have worked really hard to make sure this has been successful. I worked with the college on the bid, attended meetings with civil servants to present the ideas, raised it in Parliament and had countless discussions with Government Ministers.
There'll be massive growth and lots of well-paid jobs in new hi-tech industries over the next 20 years. We can't prevent these changes, but we can try and make sure we are at the forefront of the benefits they can bring. This £32m investment in to education and skills in Dudley will make sure young people in the Black Country have the opportunity to benefit as much as possible."