Our vision is that Colleges West Midlands will be widely recognised for the valuable contribution we make in transforming the lives of adults through shaping and focusing the FE resource, working collaboratively, so that it delivers provision more effectively across the region.


There will be a very close and effective working relationship between the 21 colleges in the region operating through Colleges West Midlands and WMCA. We see ourselves as having common mission and joint mandate with WMCA to:

  1. Raise the technical skills of adult learners through:
    • Full-time learning programme
    • Progression into Higher education
    • Upskilling employees
  2. Offer a second chance and re-engagement opportunities to adults through meeting needs in:
    • Employability
    • Special Educational needs and Disability (SEND)
    • English for Speakers of Other languages (ESOL)
    • Deprived and disadvantaged groups and localities

Our adult education provision will have been carefully planned and developed in partnership with the combined authority and other key stakeholders.

In particular we will agree a set of key performance indicators and impact measures to set benchmarks for improvement over the first three years of devolved skills funding. The indicators and measures will cover the whole of adult funded provision but will focus in particular on driving up performance in:

  • Priority sectors – increasing the volumes of qualifications at all levels in construction and building technologies, automotive/advanced manufacturing, business and professional services and digital
  • Priority wards, working with WMCA, ACLA, Local Authorities and other key local stakeholders, to maximise impact and increase qualification levels and ultimately employment in those areas that have remained persistently difficult to change.

We intend to work with the WMCA and each other to:

  • Maximise the use of funding for adult learning within the region
  • Improve the coherence, consistency and focus of the FE offer across the region
  • Move the region from low skills equilibrium to high skills ecosystem (see Fig 1)
  • Develop the region’s productivity and competitiveness, particularly in the priority sectors

From this…

Hodgson, A. and Spours, K. (2016) The evolution of social ecosystem thinking: its relevance for education, economic development and localities A stimulus paper for the Ecosystem Seminar – 22 June, Centre for Post-14 Education and Work, UCL Institute of Education.

To this…