West Midlands Business Leaders Hear How to ‘Design Their Employees’

Posted on: February 6, 2013

Business Leaders from across the region attended a special breakfast held at the Vine in Walsall to hear all about plans for a completely new concept in education – the Walsall Studio School & Sixth Form. The School will see employers working hand-in-hand with educationalists to enable them to ‘design their own employees.’

The breakfast was attended by 25 key business representatives including Stewart Towe, Chairman of the Black Country LEP, Margaret Corneby from the Black Country Chamber and senior representatives from some of the area’s largest employers. The group heard from David Frost, Chair of the Studio Schools Trust, how the area will be pioneering a completely new approach to education that will see businesses helping to shape a curriculum for 14 to 19 year olds that will enable them to nurture their future employees, equipping them with not only the right skills for their individual businesses, but also with the right experience gained through real work projects tailored to specific business needs.

The Walsall Studio School and Sixth Form which will be based at the new Goldmine centre, will be opening its doors in September and will eventually see three hundred students embarking on a new pathway, learning to work through a curriculum that has been shaped by local employers.