Wolverhampton: the learning city
Wolverhampton has developed an enviable reputation for investing in young people with the skills they need to prosper in the 21st century workforce.
From early years through to further and higher education and beyond, the city offers a first class education. Eighty-six percent of the city's schools are rated as Good or Outstanding by Ofsted and together with a recent investment of £270 million as part of our 'Building Schools for the Future' programme, Wolverhampton schools are ranked amongst the most improved in the UK. In fact, there's never been a better time to send your children to school in Wolverhampton. Find out why in 90 seconds by watching our video (with thanks to students from Heath Park Academy).
The benefits for business are no less impressive. The University of Wolverhampton is ranked the 2nd most employable university in the UK with 96% of students going onto employment or further study and with 80% of students working in the West Midlands after graduation, local companies can choose from a large pool of talented graduates and skilled people with highly valuable vocational qualifications.
But our academic institutions are not just concerned with building the workforce of tomorrow. With 23,000 students and partnerships with over 1,000 businesses, the University of Wolverhampton is recognised as one of the most influential, entrepreneurial and business-facing universities in the UK and has recently completed its new £18 million Business School on the city centre campus. In the last few years, it has supported businesses with consultancy, research and development facilities, skills development and knowledge transfer activities worth no less than £25.6 million.
The University has 14 research centres with elements ranked as world-leading and is investing £250 million in education, training and new buildings. The portfolio of investment includes the £65m West Midlands University Technical College which will be part of a wider centre of excellence providing one of the most comprehensive construction and education training programmes in Europe.
Alongside its high-tech learning centres, top sports facilities and virtual learning opportunities, the University of Wolverhampton Science Park provides incubation space for creative businesses and business support services.
The City of Wolverhampton College - rated ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ features by Ofsted – partnered the City of Wolverhampton Council, Staffordshire County Council and South Staffordshire Council in launching a new £650,000 Education Business Partnership Centre at Jaguar Land Rover’s Engine Manufacturing Centre on i54. The College also directly supports the retail and creative sectors with focused, vocational learning.
As a city, we strongly believe that learning and skills development should be a life-long process. That’s why we’re particularly proud of Wolverhampton Adult Education Service, which was given an ‘outstanding’ rating in recent Ofsted assessments. It’s one of only eight adult skills and employment services in the country to hold this rating.
The strength of Wolverhampton’s higher education sector is complemented by its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) orientated Academies and leading private-sector providers, most notably GTG Training Academy.