Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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

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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.”

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