Bringing Work and Learning Together

Starting in September 2014 we have unique opportunities for young people aged 16/17/18 to study for qualifications employers and universities value – with a weekly work placement at Vines Cafe Restaurant, Stourbridge.

We believe students gain a competitive advantage when progressing into employment or university from experiencing real work alongside study.  As a social enterprise Vines restaurant is a perfect partner for the Black Country’s only studio school as we share common values and a common purpose in investing into young people to deliver real social change.

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Arrange an interview / advice guidance

If you would like to find out more about this unique opportunity to study one of the following speiclaisms while based at Vines Stourbridge Social Enterprise please call 01922 621 951 or email

– Business Studies (Entrepreneurship)
– Hospitality & Catering
– Media & Design (Social Media, Advertising and Marketing)


Principal’s address at the VIP opening of Vines Stourbridge

Good afternoon, I am proud to be the Principal of the Black Country’s first and only Studio School.  We are based in the Goldmine Centre in the heart of Walsall Town Centre within what the Black Country LEP refer to as the Social Enterprise Zone Walsall. Walsall is our home but we serve students and employers from all across the Black Country and further a field.

I am often asked what exactly is a Studio School?

In short we are an academy for students aged 14-19yrs (That’s Year10, 11 and Sixth Form). But it is the STUDIO SCHOOL name that in really very interesting. The name ‘Studio School’ comes from the concept of the Renaissance studio, prevalent in Europe from around 1400 to 1700, where working and learning were integrated.

Students were taught by an experienced master in the same workshop in which the master created and produced his own work. Artists and inventors such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo all learnt their trade and went onto teach in this studio setting.

Our goal as the Black Country’s studio school is to take this older tradition and apply it to the 21st Century, creating a school and sixth form where students progress in both academic and vocational subjects through experience of real work.

Here in the Black Country we face many challenges. But as you look around here today – as we look at each other assembled to celebrate the official opening of this cafe restaurant, this social enterprise – we see solutions to those challenges.

We stand for more than successful business enterprise, more than successful education. We know that real social change – real social innovation comes from enterprise and education working together to meet social needs and to strengthen our community.

That is why WSS and Vine Social Enterprises are partnering together to provide young people with work placements and qualifications that employers and universities value.  Hand in hand, bringing Working and Learning together.

Together we can ensure young people gain a competitive advantage – an advantage because of the unique studio experience. We are committed to ensure that young people get a head start when interviewing for their next job – or indeed their university place.

It was a privilege to hear Kerry’s story.  I look forward to partnering with Vines and some of you gathered here today to inspire, encourage, challenge and support many more young people on their journey into sustainable employment and making a positive contribution to their community.