City of Wolverhampton College is leading the way in driving up skills levels across the city, with its proposed new campus set to provide first-class training facilities for local people and cement its position as a leading education provider in the city.
The purpose-built four-storey site — part of the multi-million-pound City Learning Quarter vision being led by City of Wolverhampton Council — is scheduled to open during the 2024/25 academic year and will welcome in the region of 45,000 students and 7,500 apprentices over the next ten years, enabling them to gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their chosen career.
The new campus — which will replace the college’s site at Paget Road in Compton — will provide state-of-the art industry-standard training facilities for students studying for qualifications in business, catering and hospitality, computing and IT, creative and digital media, early years, hairdressing and beauty, science and travel and tourism, as well as a performing arts centre and a dedicated sixth-form centre for A-level students.
As well as educational benefits for the people of Wolverhampton and beyond, the new campus will provide significant economic and environmental benefits by generating and safeguarding around 750 jobs in the local economy and preventing 600 tonnes of CO2 emissions being released through energy efficient buildings and traffic reduction.
The new city centre site is part of the college’s strategy to transform the learning environment for its students, which also includes the development of the Wellington Road campus in Bilston, comprising an extension to the Construction Innovation Centre which opened in September 2022, and plans for a new advanced engineering and electric vehicle centre of excellence.
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This article appeared in the Express & Star regeneration supplement on January 24, 2023 – see the supplement here (flip to page 28)