Step Up, Stand Out
Walsall College is uniquely and proudly vocational. Our greatest passion is unleashing the potential of individuals, communities and businesses; our greatest legacy is the talent of our students: skilled, professional and enterprising.
The skills gap costs business £4.4bn each year and qualification levels in the West Midlands area are 12.7% lower than the national average. We want to change that.
We want to turn the skills gap into a skills map – a clear path to help individuals and employers unlock the potential and prosperity of the region.
Our high-quality services for employers include:
- a comprehensive range of apprenticeship training for new and existing staff
- technical and professional qualifications to upskill the workforce
- short courses for groups or individuals,
- university level courses in leadership and management
- bespoke training and knowledgeable support for those companies who contribute to the apprenticeship levy.
- Traineeships across a range of sectors for employers diversifying their approaches to training and recruitment
Why else should you work with and support Walsall College?
- “Apprenticeship programmes meet the needs of sector bodies and employers effectively.”
Ofsted Report – 2020
- We work with over 1,000 employers
- 89% of our curriculum offer is aligned to local skills priorities
- Our £2m Digital Engineering Skills Centre uses the latest technologies to train people for in-demand jobs in engineering manufacturing and performing engineering operations. We have everything from milling and turning to electrical engineering, computer-aided design (CAD), CNC machining, programmable logic controls and 3D modelling using Solidworks and Fusion 360. There are also state-of-the-art virtual reality welding simulators.
- Our new Digital Innovation Hub will support employers in developing the digital specialist skillset of their workforces, providing them with access to pioneering technologies such as product design facilities, laser and vinyl cutting equipment and virtual, augmented and mixed reality products all under one roof.
“We revived our apprenticeship scheme in 2012 as a way of protecting our business against potential skills shortages, including rising retirement levels and a reduction in young skilled workers coming through the sector.
“Our apprenticeship programme with Walsall College has tackled these challenges head on. We continue to recruit new apprentices each year who are thriving across many areas of the company.”
Daryl Steele, Facility Manager, Perkins