New skills deal to provide for Staffordshire’s future prosperity

A PARTNERSHIP which will aim to deliver essential skills for more than 100,000 Staffordshire jobs over the next decade has been launched.

The University of Wolverhampton Staffordshire Skills Deal with the county council will support economic growth in Staffordshire by helping to provide the necessary skills for higher value jobs and responding to business need.

The collaboration between the two parties will seek to put a framework in place to support skills development from school, college, university, apprenticeships and continuous professional development in the workplace.

Over the next 10 years more than 100,000 jobs in areas such as health and social care, construction, advanced manufacturing, engineering and teaching will need to be filled in the county.

As well as providing skills and qualifications, the deal focuses on providing support for people who wish to set up their own businesses.

The university has already established a new centre, University of Wolverhampton in Stafford (UWiS) in the heart of the town within the Staffordshire Place development.

Opened in November 2017 it delivers a range of undergraduate, postgraduate distance learning courses as well as continuous professional development, short and taster courses.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Jackie Dunne said: “This deal really underlines our commitment to our work in Staffordshire and together with the county council, the local enterprise partnership and the business community we want to deliver the skills needed to help develop the economy for the future.

This is about raising the aspirations of the population but also helping them realise their ambitions. It is also about producing real results which means increasing the opportunities for students and employees to access technical and higher level skills.

For example in the next year we expect to train up to 900 teachers to achieve their professional development training.

Nearly 4,000 of our students are from Staffordshire and the overall aim of this collaboration is to encourage more of them to go on to live, work or start their own ventures in the county once they graduate.”

Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins (pictured) said: The launch of our Skills Deal is significant for everyone. It will deliver a comprehensive package of learning programmes from school age through to workplace development.

We are confident it will inspire people to embark on a range of skilled career paths, from engineering to teaching, and importantly do it here in Staffordshire where possible.”

For more information and a full list of available courses at UWiS visit email [email protected] or telephone 01902 321000.