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Telford College collaborates on new economic growth initiative

Telford Wrekin Council Economic strategy Copy

Telford & Wrekin Council cabinet members have given the green light to an innovative economic growth initiative promoting fairness, inclusivity, and environmental sustainability.

Led by the council in collaboration with business sector leaders and partners including Telford College, the transformative strategy aims to support existing and new business growth, establish clear pathways from education to local employment with a strong focus on inclusivity, underscoring the council’s commitment to creating inspiring opportunities for all residents.

Telford College’s principal and chief executive, Graham Guest represented the college at the official launch. He is pictured second from right.

The approved plan also includes the commitment to continued and closer working with senior business leaders and stakeholders to ensure the Borough’s strategy is delivered and new challenges are addressed, alongside establishing an ambassador’s programme. The initiatives are designed to promote Telford as a prime destination for business investment, growth, employment and a great quality of life.


The updated economic strategy recognises the challenges facing business including  current global conflicts, technological advancements, and the climate emergency while staying true to the 2032 vision of an inclusive borough with a thriving economy.

The strategy sets the direction for new approaches to support the growth of the visitor economy, and a new skills strategy, to be established in the next few months.

The document says: “Our anchor FE institution, Telford College, is the largest further education centre in Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire.

“It is recognised as a major skills hub delivering provision spanning A levels, T-Levels, apprenticeships, degree-level higher education programmes, blended and virtual learning and sector-specific specialist training hubs to help plug skills gaps.

“A twin campus provides academic and technical centres with specialisms in engineering, construction, retrofit and health. The college engages with around 2,000 young people, plus more than 500 apprentices and over 4,000 adult learners, and has links with 700 employers.

“The pathway to further and higher education in Telford is strong. Our approach to skills is inclusive and we are working with Telford College to provide tailored employment programmes linked with Job Box, with 22 employment programmes offered in the last year.”

Councillor Shaun Davies, leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, said: “The updated economic strategy for 2032 will take a collaborative approach, engaging stakeholders, businesses, educational institutions, and the community to drive the success of the Invest Telford strategy.”

Councillor Lee Carter, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for place (the economy & neighbourhood services), added: “With a commendable track record in supporting economic growth, the borough has witnessed exceptional business expansion, resulting in a 14.49% increase in businesses since the last strategy was adopted in 2016. The new strategy will build upon our achievements and underscore the council’s dedication to sustainable economic growth, innovation, and inclusivity across the borough.”