Halesowen College has announced a new appointment in an innovation drive.

Richard Johnson has been appointed innovation consultant for digital, with the aim to bolster innovation and technical expertise within the community's SME sector.

This appointment stems from Innovate UK and the Further Education Innovation Fund, with the purpoe of aiding Further Education colleges in the area.



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The project will see five colleges from across the aid SMEs in fostering innovation and make efficiencies across their businesses.

Innovation consultants have each been allotted key domains such as manufacturing, engineering, CNC, automotive and robotics.

The college plans to pioneer in digital innovation, including cyber security, e-commerce and artificial intelligence.

Mr Johnson, who brings experience and expertise to the role, will offer free audits, project instruction and consultations to SMEs in the area with the aim of boosting efficiency within their businesses.

Jacquie Carman, principal and chief executive of the college, said: "We are thrilled to appoint Richard Johnson as our Innovation Consultant.

"His passion for driving innovation and supporting local businesses will be instrumental in helping SMEs thrive in today's digital landscape."

Commenting on his position, Mr Johnson said: "I am looking forward to sharing my experience and extensive knowledge in Digital Technology with local and regional SMEs.

"The goal of this project is to help businesses develop innovative practices utilising emerging technologies."