BMet announced as an Official Further Education College for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
BMet has signed an agreement to support the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games as an Official Further Education College Provider.
The partnership will see BMet provide crucial space for the training of more than 13,000 volunteers, the Commonwealth Collective, helping to ensure the Games run smoothly.
The college will also be sharing its teaching expertise with Games’ trainers to support the preparation of volunteers for a standout Commonwealth Games.
The volunteers that join the Commonwealth Collective will be the public faces of Birmingham 2022 and represent the Games experience for athletes, officials, spectators and a global audience of over one billion. The Games is the largest sporting and cultural event ever to be held in the West Midlands and the biggest in the UK for a decade.
Additionally, this will allow BMet students to take part in real life work experience opportunities with the Games.
Pat Carvalho, Principal and CEO at BMet, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be an Official Further Education College for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and are looking forward to supporting the mass training programme of volunteers at BMet. We pride ourselves on being very much part of our city and this partnership builds on our links with the community.
“We also have a very strong sporting offer at our Sutton Coldfield College as well as sporting academies available to all our students and we wish all the competitors in the Games the very best of luck.”
Andrew Newman, Director of Workforce & Volunteering at Birmingham 2022, said: “It’s great to have BMet on board as an Official Further Education College Provider. The college joins us at an exciting time – as we grow closer to the start of the Games, more than 13,000 volunteers will be trained to deliver the biggest ever multi-sport event in the West Midlands.
“With BMet’s excellent facilities and technical guidance at hand, volunteers will be receiving the very best training to ensure every visitor to the city has an incredible Games time experience.”
Katie Sadleir, CEO of the CGF said: “We are delighted to partner with BMet as they become the Birmingham 2022 Official Further Education College Provider. BMet will play an integral in supporting the training of our 13,000 fantastic volunteers, the Commonwealth Collective, who will be the faces of Birmingham 2022 and proud representatives of the region, the country and the Commonwealth.”
BMet is a large general further education college with approximately 16,000 learners and three main campuses based in Birmingham: James Watt College at Perry Barr, Matthew Boulton College in central Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield College.
A third of learners are aged 16-18 and are on full-time programmes, with most adult learners on part-time courses and professional development courses.
The broad curriculum offer includes: A Levels and vocational qualifications, apprenticeships, access to higher education, part-time adult professional development, entry level courses, as well as full and part-time degree level study programmes.