Walsall College is one of the largest colleges in the West Midlands, employing over 500 staff and has an annual turnover in excess of £35 million and has delivered £multi-million provision consistently achieving good success rates across all subject sector areas and is a provider of vocational education and training serving communities in the Borough of Walsall and the wider Black Country.
Walsall College has a clear sense of purpose in supporting economic and community development in one of the most challenging contexts in the UK. The College focuses the curriculum offer to the key ‘prosperity clusters’ within the locality, thus delivering a curriculum that supports local enterprise and future skills. 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 learners: skilled, professional and enterprising.
Walsall Colleges strategic aims are as follows:
- Achieve outstanding
- Maximise staff potential and performance
- Innovate and Inspire
- Energise our communities and partners
- Secure our future
The College has established a range of strategic partnerships with public and private organisations and the voluntary sector. It has a national reputation for our ‘vocational academies’ delivered through strong collaboration with major blue-chip organisations. Walsall Council with whom we work are currently delivering an ESF funded Disadvantaged Communities Project targeting families with multiple issues, some of which may be related to gang crime. One target group for this project in college will be existing students within Walsall College and in other Colleges/Training Providers in order to raise awareness of the training programme and subsequently to support the embedding of the programme into mainstream delivery.
Role in the project
This project offers an innovative training programme, based on extensive research that has the potential to be the catalyst for social change by developing a VET programme for professionals and volunteers operating within the community cohesion agenda. A further innovating element from Walsall College could be the potential role ASFI could play in accrediting a tailor-made, bespoke training programme.
The role of Walsall College in this project will be to undertake desk and consultative research, training the trainer in the delivery of the new training programme and piloting the programme amongst College students. In addition Walsall College could also offer accreditation and dissemination support should this be required. The College could offer this through our own awarding organisation ASFI and through the extensive networks the College is strategically and operationally aligned to.
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