Our regional impact study shows that in 2014/15 we generated £1bn GVA a year to the regional economy and supported 17,900 jobs across the West Midlands. We’re working hard to play our part in the economic development of the region and we’re active in the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
We work with hundreds of primary and secondary schools, encouraging young people (especially from less advantaged communities) to consider higher education; and through teacher training partnerships, arts projects and campus visits. Following the success of our WMG Academy for Young Engineers in Coventry we’ve opened another in Solihull, equipping even more of the region’s students with technical skills for employment or Higher Education through an innovative learning environment. Our new WMG Applied Engineering Programme enables higher apprentices to study for a degree whilst working, and our longstanding partnership with National Grid provides training for young people in the region who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs) to help them into work.
We work in partnership with our local authorities on many projects – we were commissioned to write the ten-year cultural strategy for Coventry City Council and are a principal partnersupporting Coventry’s bid to become the UK City of Culture 2021. We're also working closely with Warwickshire County Council to support the Warwickshire stage of the 2017 Women’s Cycling Tour. Warwick Arts Centre is one of the biggest outside London. We welcomed more than a million people last year to a wealth of theatre, dance, music, comedy, and visual arts events, and over 9,000 local people enjoyed our free family weekend.
Our 5* campus sports facilities are used extensively by local schools, clubs and individuals, and we regularly host major national and international sports events. Almost 3,000 of our students are registered with our volunteering network, Warwick Volunteers, to give their time to local schools and community groups. Our staff contribute their expertise and professional skills to a variety of local strategic partnerships and education, health and cultural bodies.