A West Midlands college has won a prestigious national award to recognise its groundbreaking work with business.

Birmingham Metropolitan College (BMET) has been awarded the celebrated Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for College Engagement with Employers.

The accolade was awarded to mark the college’s record in building relationships with employers and delivering training to meet their business needs while driving forward the Government’s skills agenda so that learners gain the skills to find meaningful employment.

College chief Dame Christine Braddock, said: “This is a truly fantastic achievement for the college.  It’s something that can be celebrated by staff, students and the hundreds of employers we work with across the UK, so I’m incredibly proud and delighted.

“This Beacon Award is also a pinnacle of excellence that will help us develop further opportunities to be innovative, while being fully supportive of everything that business communities require from us,” she added.

Working with global employers including Samsung Electronics, Caterpillar BCP and The Baxi Group, BMET has developed a series of thriving onsite training academies that support the skills development of multiple workforces, while keeping up with industry progress.

Birmingham Metropolitan College will host a celebration in the New Year and will be presented with its award by Matthew Hancock, Minister for Skills and Enterprise, at the Houses of Parliament in February.