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Top government officials and business leaders toured Sandwell College’s Central Campus to see how skills gaps are being filled.
Mike Keoghan, Director of Vocational Education for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Kim Rowlands, Assistant Director of BIS West Midlands, Sarah Middleton, CEO of Black Country Consortium, and Paul Linton, Chair of the LEP Employment and Skills Board, were shown the state-of-the-art facilities by the college’s Principal, Graham Pennington, John Tew, Chair of Governors, and Ninder Johal, Governor and LEP representative.

Sandwell College is filling the skills gap and securing students’ futures by developing its new employment hub Careers Plus. The Principal has pledged to make a difference by seamlessly matching graduating students to a job at the end of their studies. Innovative job matching and online application services will mesh with the college’s local employer vacancies to provide a one-stop employment shop with top level careers advice, and advance opportunities in the region. The principal said: “My promise is to help you get a job, and that’s what we’re about. With us you don’t just get a qualification, you get a future.”