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All the latest national education news plus the local issues affecting the Birmingham and West Midlands area.

Khalid Mahmood, MP, with James Attebery, EEFs Apprentice of the Year

Khalid Mahmood joins EEF apprentice graduation

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In total, 40 apprentices aged between 17 and 25 received certificates and awards

Picture from 1905. Homes that were amongst the first to be built on the Bournville estate

Pictures: Bournville Village Trust opens archives to show town planning masterpiece

The photographs show Bournville as it was as far back as 1879, painting a picture of the estate, which was the vision of George Cadbury, in its formative years

Greg Lowson to take over from Tim Pile as Birmingham Chamber president

New Birmingham Chamber boss to focus on links with city's education sector

Incoming Birmingham Chamber president to focus on links with city's education sector

The Memorial to Matthew Boulton lies in the Chapel of St Paul at Westminster Abbey, London

Westminster Abbey service and memorial for Birmingham industrialist Matthew Boulton

The plaque will sit alongside a memorial to his business partner James Watt, the Scottish engineer who made his home in Handsworth, Birmingham

Aston University

New Aston University business school after £35m boost

A £35 million package will provide vital cash support for a range of new developments and facelift work at Aston, including the new £60 million medical school project confirmed earlier this year

Peter Clarke, a former Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police

Jonathan Walker: Still no idea how to rein in another 'Trojan Horse'

Birmingham was targeted by a "co-ordinated, deliberate and sustained" campaign to introduce "an intolerant and aggressive Islamic ethos into a few schools"

77 new homes after council's bid to block development overturned

Revelan Group’s proposals for 77 homes on land off Eastern Avenue were unanimously rejected by Lichfield District Council’s planning committee in February

Jatinder Dhaliwal, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, and Michael Kitcatt, principal of Worcester Sixth Form College

Lloyds funds science facility at Worcester Sixth Form College

The financial package enabled the building of a new science unit on the college’s main campus on Spetchley Road

The site of the HS2 College in Birmingham shown from Google Maps

Giant Birmingham site for HS2 College development

A 3.3-acre site – the size of two football pitches – is being cleared at Ashted Lock on Birmingham Science Park Aston

Beverley Nielsen: Is redesigning manufacturing in the UK plausible or a pipedream?

Manufacturing is not appreciated in terms of the talent we need to recruit or the context we use in discussing it.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg who wants to give cities and regions right to home rule

Nick Clegg's plans to give cities legal right to home rule

Lib Dem leader has revealed mission to offer cities and regions a right to home rule and expects to have draft laws published in 2015

The Friends' Institute, Moseley Road, Birmingham

Friends' Institute Quaker building on Moseley Road handed Grade II* listed status

Only 5.5 per cent of listed buildings in England are Grade II*, making them particularly important and of more than special interest

Trumpeter Alison Balsom who is hoping to pass on her experience to the next generation

Top trumpeter Alison Balsom works with Tipton children to encourage more youngsters to take up an instrument

Award-winning musician explains why she has become an ambassador for musical education and keen to pass on her experience to the next generation

CGI of the new £5.8million Pershore College building to be constructed by Deeley

Deeley wins £6m horticultural college contract

Company will transform Pershore College with a 18,500 sq ft complex to house a new science and technology centre

Deloitte partner Jane Whitlock with the 2014 graduate starters

Deloitte welcomes bumper intake of new starters

Financial services firm welcomes more than 60 new staff in the course of last month including those to its programme for graduates and school-leavers

Professor Cliff Allan

BCU plays 'central role' in city's new learning quarter

Vice-chancellor predicts exciting times ahead for university as second building in major regeneration is 'topped out'

Ian Dury with artefacts found at the archeology dig at the Glasshouse College in Stourbridge.

Earliest remnants of glass industry are rediscovered in Stourbridge

Two of the earliest glass-making furnaces ever discovered in the region have been revealed during a dig in Stourbridge.

Tim Pile, president of Birmingham Chamber

Manufacturing skills crisis takes shine off soaring sales

Latest research from Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce says 46 per cent of firms in the region unable to bring in skilled manual and technical staff

Actors in new production For The Past 30 Years, Lorna Laidlaw, Hema Mangoo and Janice Connolly.

Women & Theatre marks 30 years of working women in new play at Birmingham Rep

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Working for 30 years is quite an achievement in the current climate of internships, zero hours contracts and disappearing pensions 


HS2 College: Skills boost welcomed with 2,000 apprentices to be trained

The college, which will train rail engineers of the future, will be spread across Birmingham Science Park and Doncaster’s Lakeside Campus

In This Week's Paper


Graeme Brown
Regional Head of Business
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Cillian O’ Brien
Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
Alison Jones
Features writer
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor