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Britain's leading engineer visits Dudley manufacturing centre

Member of the House of Lords and founder of Warwick Manufacturing Group Lord Bhattacharyya has visited Dudley College's new advanced manufacturing centre.

The Warwick Manufacturing Group was founded in 1980 by Lord Bhattacharyya to modernise UK manufacturing through research.  The centre currently has over 2,500 postgraduate students and works with partners such as Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Motors.

Lord Bhattacharyya will be joined by Ian Austin to hear about the new manufacturing centre’s role in boosting manufacturing skills in the region.

The visit will take place at Dudley Advance, 6 Priory Road, Dudley DY1 4AD from 11am-12:30pm on Thursday 16th April.

They will also meet Dudley Council transport bosses and the Chief Executive of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership Sarah Middleton to discuss plans for a light rail link between Dudley and the rail network being developed in conjunction with Warwick Manufacturing Group.

Ian Austin worked with Dudley College, Aston University and local manufacturers to support the construction of Dudley Advance to boost manufacturing skills in the area.

Austin has also campaigned for Dudley to be linked to the national rail network for the last ten years, calling for investment in local transport in the House of Commons and lobbying Dudley Council, Government Ministers and the Local Enterprise Partnership for investment in a rail link.

Ian Austin said:

“Lord Bhattacharyya is an expert on how schools, colleges, universities and manufacturers can work together to create new jobs and businesses, so I’m delighted to welcome him to Dudley Advance where we’re taking the same approach.

“These partnerships are already delivering for Dudley with plans for a new light rail link between Dudley and the rest of our region.

“It’s another example of how making education and skills our number one priority can help our area attract the new businesses and jobs that our future prosperity depends on.”

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