West Midlands Colleges support approximately 120,000 students each year, including full time 16–18-year-olds, adult learners and apprentices.
The purpose and direction of this project, set by Colleges West Midlands’ Racial Equality Project steering group, is to create a more diverse workforce through attraction and recruitment of new employees.
Through a series of videos, the project involved staff from a range of ethnic backgrounds talking about why they love working in Further Education, what attracted them to the sector, their career journey and the support they’ve had on the way. A series of videos will be released across participating college’s social media channels over the coming weeks, with the following video showcased on each college website.
Alongside teaching, the Further Education sector offers hundreds of different job roles, including student support, finance, HR, Estates, IT, Management and many more. Working in FE provides continuous opportunities for professional development and encourages innovation, creativity and collaboration.
BMET College Principal and steering group lead, Pat Carvalho, commented:Pat Carvalho
“Students at colleges across the West Midlands come from a wide range of ethnically diverse backgrounds, so this project is about the importance of increasing representation in our workforce too. FE is a rewarding sector to work in, where staff have the opportunity to make a difference and shape students’ lives every day.”
South & City College Principal, Mike Hopkins, commented:South & City College Principal Mike Hopkins MBE commented that the College has an incredibly ethnically diverse student population which reflects the population of Birmingham. Our staff, governing body and management are also diverse and our involvement in this project not only enhances what we do but enables the sharing and expanding of opportunities for our college and workforce and for colleges across the region.
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Colleges West Midlands is a partnership of 17 colleges across the West Midlands who support the region’s economy and drive up the prosperity of local residents through the transformational power of learning and skills development.