While more jobs are being created across Staffordshire and the wider region some local employers are not finding workers with the right skills to help their business succeed.
The county council and the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Enterprise Partnership recognise this and making sure Staffordshire people have the right skills to meet the needs of business is a major part of the area’s new long-term economic plan.
The creation of a new automotive and engineering hub in Tamworth was announced in April following a £2million investment by the county council and LEP.
Located at the Torc vocational centre in the town, the new hub will be run by South Staffordshire College. It will offer a range of courses for people from the age of 14 upwards, meaning there will be new opportunities for everyone.
The centre will expand the Tamworth campus of South Staffordshire College and turn it into a leading facility to complement expanding operations at JCB, the new Jaguar Land Rover plant in South Staffordshire and many other businesses involved in vehicle manufacturing and engineering.
The centre will continue to offer existing courses to 14 to 16-year-olds, but from September will be opened up to people of all ages. South Staffordshire College already has links with a number of employers in the automotive and engineering sector which it will be building on.
People can find out more by visiting the South Staffordshire College website at: www.southstaffs.ac.uk