CITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON COLLEGE BACKS NATIONAL CAMPAIGN
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CITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON COLLEGE BACKS NATIONAL CAMPAIGN

9th October 2018

Students and staff at City of Wolverhampton College are getting behind a national campaign to highlight the benefits of further education during Colleges Week (15-19 October).

The college is a leading training provider in the West Midlands region, supporting 8000 young people, adult learners and apprentices to develop the skills they need for their future careers, and working with employers to ensure the workforce of the future is equipped to meet the demands of their business.

Throughout the week the college will be promoting further education (FE) through its social media posts, student newsletters and campus displays as part of a national campaign which aims to raise the profile of the FE sector and the 2.2 million people it trains each year despite constant budget cuts.

Colleges Week – which is part of the Love our Colleges campaign – will see colleges across the country, along with education unions and students, hosting events to showcase all they do and raise awareness of the funding challenges that colleges face, as well as a national lobby of Parliament on Wednesday 17 October.

Whether through top-class technical education, basic skills or lifelong learning, colleges help people of all ages and backgrounds to make the most of their talents and ambitions. Rooted in local communities, they are crucial in driving social mobility and providing the skills to boost local and regional economies.

However, there is currently a reduction in education funding once a student turns 16 – whether they are in a school sixth form or a college. ‘Love Our Colleges’ is calling on government to increase 16-19 funding by 5% a year for five years. It is also asking Department for Education to provide exceptional funding, ring-fenced for teacher pay.

Malcolm Cowgill, principal at City of Wolverhampton College, said: “Our young people are being short-changed compared with their counterparts in other countries and compared with previous generations. The hours of teaching and support, the choice they have and the enrichment they are offered have all reduced as funding cuts have bitten. This cannot continue if we are to secure the future of our nation.”

David Hughes, chief executive, Association of Colleges, said: “Every single day colleges like City of Wolverhampton College provide a world class education and transform the lives of millions of people.  Colleges Week is an opportunity to celebrate the brilliant things that go on and a chance to showcase the brilliant staff that make it possible.  It is simple, if we want a world-class education system then we need to properly invest in it.”

For more information on courses offered by the college click here or call 01902 836000.

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