Business Secretary, Vince Cable visited Birmingham Metropolitan College to meet the first cohort of students who are being trained in state of the art laboratories in the Samsung Digital Service Academy. He also participated in a Q & A session with vocational students about issues concerning Apprenticeship programmes, university tuition fees and opportunities for international students.
“It is great to see a college such as Birmingham Metropolitan hosting such hi-tech and productive training centres. Examples like this underline the importance of the Government offering its support,” said the Minister.
“The growth sectors that require highly specialised skills have to be matched with support for their training needs.
“Samsung is a leader in employer support training and their unique partnership will help the UK stay one step ahead.”
The partnership between Samsung and the College is the first of its kind between a further education provider and a global leader in digital technologies. The engineers are working towards a vocational qualification in 3D and wireless technology. The minister also saw the BSkyB digital suites and met apprentices training in aerial installation.
He then took a tour of the new medical laboratories and theatres which train apprentices as laboratory technicians and dental nurses. The College also specialise in pharmacy, podiatry and have clinics which treat over 5,000 patients a year.
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