For the Telford Journal, April 2021

GRAHAM GUEST

Free adult training courses are being offered at Telford College as part of our commitment to the Government’s new ‘Lifetime Skills Guarantee’.

The programme is designed to deliver fully-funded training to adults without an advanced technical certificate, diploma or equivalent qualification.

We are delighted to be able to deliver these level three courses, which remove barriers to learning for many people at a time when they need help the most.

We have five courses on offer – a foundation diploma in IT, a diploma in the principles of management, AAT accountancy, plus qualifications in maths and warehousing/logistics.

Each will involve a mixture of on-site and remote learning, with the majority starting in September. You can find more information www.telfordcollege.ac.uk/courses/part-time/lifetime-skills-guarantee

We are working more closely than ever with the local business community to develop and deliver qualifications which meet their ever-changing skills requirements.

Through initiatives such as the new Telford Skills Group, and our recently launched Engineering Hub, we have regular dialogue with local businesses.

I received a letter from the prime minister Boris Johnson, thanking Telford College for its efforts and saying: “You will play a leading role in ensuring that more people have the skills they need to get on.”

And that is absolutely key, as we all seek to adapt to what has happened over the past year.

Telford offers the best of both worlds – a mix of urban and rural lifestyle with a real melting pot of skills, and a young and multicultural population.

Our role at Telford College is to support employers to develop the sort of workforce they require, and help to retain important skills in the town.

In partnership and collaboration with these businesses, we must build vital pathways to the kind of higher quality and better paid career opportunities the people of Telford need.

It’s about equipping people for careers in sectors such as cybersecurity, AI and robotics, virtual and augmented reality, cloud computing, wireless technologies, 5G innovation, and a whole lot more.

With new waves of investment still bringing in hundreds of jobs to the town, we are in one of the fastest growing economies in the Midlands.

But statistics show that in many instances, young people in Telford & Wrekin have aspirations which are lower than the national average.

So we need to put this right, and open more people’s eyes to what is possible, right on their doorstep.

  • Graham Guest is principal and chief executive of Telford College