Birmingham, United Kingdom (PressExposure) September 10, 2009 -- Birmingham Metropolitan Collegeâs launch event, held at the Collegeâs Matthew Boulton Campus in Birmingham, saw 800 students, staff and invited guests enjoy the celebrations which included a special guest performance by 2009 Britainâs Got Talent winners, Diversity.
Commenting on the launch, Principal and Chief Executive, Dr Christine Braddock said: âHaving worked so hard on planning the merger of these two prestigious and very successful organisations over the last two years, we are delighted to be launching our newly merged College, under its new name and identity.
âAs an inspirational organisation committed to delivering excellence, we are proud to provide the highest quality education and training that is inclusive, matches and supports the needs of our diverse learners and the local and regional economy.â
The new institution will provide exceptional opportunities for an increasing number of 16-19-year-old learners including vocational qualifications, diplomas and Apprenticeships and also offer re-skilling and professional development opportunities for adult learners and employers, particularly through its tailored workplace based MET Training directorate. The merger is also expected to enable the college to develop their provision for higher level and professional qualifications even further so that learners can continue their studies at the institution.
Dr Braddock added: âIâm confident that our excellent team of over 1,000 staff has the skills, capacity and experience to make this new institution one of the leading further and higher education providers in the country. We look forward to playing our part in the wider regional and national policy agenda.â
Birmingham Metropolitan College has paid tribute to city forefathers, Matthew Boulton, James Watt and William Murdoch by re-naming the collegeâs Great Barr Campus as the James Watt Campus and one of the buildings at the Sutton Coldfield Campus after William Murdoch. The Eastside campus which was formerly Matthew Boulton College will now be known as Matthew Boulton Campus.
Human gold statues of âMatthew Boultonâ, âJames Wattâ and âWilliam Murdochâ also participated in the launch celebrations in acknowledgement of the combined investment and entrepreneurial spirit that helped make Birmingham a centre for industry, technology and innovation during the Industrial Revolution.
Today, Birmingham Metropolitan College is uniquely placed to emulate their excellence and vision in the 21st century, providing state of the art facilities and unrivalled access to learning for 27,000 learners across all levels of study.
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Notes to Editors:-
â¢ Birmingham Metropolitan College's campuses include: - Sutton Coldfield Campus, Lichfield Road - already refurbished to a very high standard with new teaching rooms, science laboratories and a stunning learning resource centre. The Sixth Form Centre will be re-named the Murdoch Building; - Matthew Boulton Campus, Jennens Road - state of the art, RIBA award-winning building in the centre of Birmingham, providing the highest quality learning facilities; - Great Barr Campus, Aldridge Road â will be re-named the James Watt Campus. It has been rejuvenated during the summer break to house ultra-modern games development and multimedia studios, along with new dance studios and refurbished teaching rooms for other curriculum areas; - Additional sites include - Josiah Mason Campus, Erdington Skills Centre, the Castle Vale Centre and the Language Centre at Highgate all of which offer opportunities within local communities to widen participation among non traditional learners.
â¢ The College creates an environment and ethos which encourages learning and skills development, whilst also promoting and providing opportunities for successful participation in education for people from all backgrounds and abilities.
â¢ Each year, the Collegeâs MET Training directorate offers employers and employees over 2,000 qualifications. These are provided through flexible and tailored packages of work-based learning delivered across the United Kingdom.