Colleges West Midlands is a formal partnership of 17 colleges across the West Midlands united in our aim to create an integrated further education ecosystem which delivers the contemporary skills for business growth and which empower our residents, regardless of their background, age or circumstances, to progress and prosper in life through the transformational power of learning.

Together we are stronger.

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Training programmes and courses to help people in the West Midlands to get a job, update their skills and stay in demand in today’s changing workplace.

The collective force of the FE sector across our members consists of:

Combined annual turnover of over £476 million

£236 million of funding for 16 to 18-year-olds

Over 9,500 employees of which 6,500 are teachers

757,000 sq metres of college estate

£33 million of funding for apprentices

£73 million of funding for adult students

We support:

Over 119,000 students every year

We teach 57,000 adult students

We train around 15,000 apprentices

We work with 12,000 employers

47,000 young people aged 16 to 18 to participate in full-time programmes

Latest insights from the sector

The best way to stay up-to-date with news and articles from the region, is to follow us on social media.

Twitter Feed: @WMColleges

  • RT by @WMColleges: We had a fab afternoon yesterday with @SparkMediaHQ filming the FE BAME recruitment video that is being produced by Colleges West Midlands. Huge thanks to our very own Faisal Arif and Violet Williams for taking part. Can’t wait to see the final cut! #InspiringFutures
  • Great fun today at the CWM Digital Group meeting. Thank you to @southstaffs for hosting this event and sharing the VR experience software.
    POSTED BY: @WMColleges
  • RT by @WMColleges: T Levels are coming to BMet this September! If you’re aged 16 -19, prefer practical learning, T Levels are equivalent to 3 A Levels but including ‘on the job’ work experience. We have 5 T Levels you can choose from, it’s not too late to apply at
  • A very productive morning at @FircroftCollege as we explore Green Skills in our CWM Learning, Curriculum and Professional Development meeting! 🌏♻️ #GreenSkills #ClimateChange #CWM
    POSTED BY: @WMColleges
  • RT by @WMColleges: We're pleased to be able to help bust myths about living life with a #learningdisability for #LearningDisabilityWeek. Our students and staff are sharing how it is possible to thrive in chosen #subjects and #careers, with the right #support! 😊 #Opportunities #LDWeek #LDweek23
  • RT by @WMColleges: We’re just about to start our annual #Student #Celebration #Awards held at @AVFCOfficial. What a great #opportunity it is to #celebrate the fantastic #achievements, #talents and #successes of our amazing students! #GoodLuck everyone! 👏🎉👍
  • A massive thank you to @FeLeadership on the delivery of our Sponsorship Training Session for the CWM Future Leaders. #RacialEqualityProject
    POSTED BY: @WMColleges
  • RT by @WMColleges: It’s Refugee Week 19th-25th June, and some of our Craft Club members created the flags of their home countries using collage 🌎 🗺️ !! #refugeeweek #craftclub #halesowencollege #collage
    POSTED BY: @halesowencoll
  • Congratulations and thank you for inviting us down today to visit!
    POSTED BY: @WMColleges
  • RT by @WMColleges: Outstanding for High Needs Provision - Ofsted Principal Paul Cook MBE, says, “It is hugely rewarding that the dedication of staff and the determination of learners to achieve their very best has been recognised by the Ofsted inspection team.” Read more:
    POSTED BY: @HerewardCollege
  • RT by @WMColleges: Learners with high needs at @HerewardCollege receive ‘outstanding’ provision from highly ambitious staff focused on ensuring they achieve their very best. That’s the hugely positive verdict of Ofsted inspectors in a report published today, which follows a four-day inspection in April.- @Ofstednews #Ofsted #Ofstedrating #OfstedReport
    POSTED BY: @FENews
  • Join @coventrycollege at their Summer Career Fair on Wednesday 19th July 09-30am-13:00pm
    POSTED BY: @WMColleges
  • RT by @WMColleges: 🔥 We have a FREE two day team leading course starting soon 🔥 Enhance your CV, learn about leadership styles, target setting, dealing with conflict and more whilst gaining an accredited qualification ✅ Apply today 👇
    POSTED BY: @telfordcollege
  • RT by @WMColleges: Today is World Environment Day, a day that urges us all to protect our natural surroundings! There are many ways you can get involved and observe World Environment Day, including planting a tree, volunteering or making a commitment to recycling!♻️🍃
    POSTED BY: @HOW_College
  • RT by @WMColleges: Our foundation students are celebrating World Culture Day this week and learning all about countries around the world including different foods and religions 🕯️ They have been practicing local dances, cuisines, artwork, learning countries history and even having henna tattoos 🍕
    POSTED BY: @telfordcollege
  • RT by @WMColleges: We are offering a part-time Skills Bootcamp in bricklaying for learners 19+ 🧱 These courses are at our Malvern and Redditch campuses; the first cohort will begin in early June. For more info contact, or
    POSTED BY: @HOW_College
  • RT by @WMColleges: Dealing with anxiety can be hard but there are things that you can try to help manage these feelings to help tackle them including breathing, challenging your thoughts, connecting with people, seeking professional help and more. What are your tips for when you feel anxious?💭
    POSTED BY: @HOW_College
  • RT by @WMColleges: Today marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) 2023! This year the theme is anxiety. Throughout this week we will be exploring the theme of anxiety and posting tips, where to get support and more! How are you recognising MHAW 2023? 🤔
    POSTED BY: @HOW_College
  • RT by @WMColleges: Today we visited the Mayor’s parlour for a thank you ceremony! Staff & students were praised for their fundraising efforts climbing Scafell Pike, in aid of Ronnie & Friends & Black Country Mental Health. 🏆 Thank you to the Mayor of Dudley, Sue Greenaway, for having us! 👏
    POSTED BY: @Dudley_College
  • RT by @WMColleges: We were absolutely delighted to have Their Royal Highnesses join us at our community #CoronationBigLunch - it was definitely one for the memory books!
    POSTED BY: @wolvcoll

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