The Trust’s sponsor, Dudley College of Technology, is one of the most successful further education colleges in the UK, providing a wide range of education and training programmes across the West Midlands, enrolling some 12,000 students each year across 4,000 academic and technical programmes, on both a full and part-time basis. The college supports nearly 4,000 apprentices and is the lead partner in bringing an Institute of Technology to Dudley.
Ofsted rated as “outstanding”, the college has significantly developed its curriculum offer and estate over the last decade. It has built a £9 million state-of-the-art Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology, Advance I, which opened in 2013, followed by a £12 million investment in a Centre for Advanced Building Technologies, Dudley Advance II, completed in summer 2017.
The college has a dedicated A level provision under the banner of Dudley Sixth, with learners studying 36 different A level programmes with an overall pass rate of 98% in 2018, which is above the national average.
The college actively assists Dudley Academies Trust with a variety of support services, sporting activities, careers events, facilities, management expertise and governance.