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Thomas Dudley invests heavily to support the local community and our future generations.

We have equipped our Head Office with a visitor centre and interactive showroom, which supports all of the visitors to Thomas Dudley to understand more fully our business. But especially the young students that attend throughout the year as this gives them an invaluable insight before they go on tour to the foundry and plastics divisions.

Our support of educational establishments has recently helped Dudley Academy Trust to start a plastic recycling project and 120 children from Beacon Hill Academy to trial alternatives to traditional work experience.

Land adjacent to our Tipton foundry was donated for building the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills (ECMS), a unique facility that provides apprenticeship training in a range of traditional engineering disciplines.

Sponsorship of Black Country Living Museum provides funded school visits and we financially support a number of local boys and girls sports teams.

Partnerships are invaluable for Thomas Dudley and the people we work with, it shows dedication from both parties, we currently have strong partnerships with:
  • DAT (Dudley Academies Trust)
  • Black Country Consortium
  • DWP (Department of Work and Pensions)
  • Black Country Living Museum
  • Black Country LEP
  • Black Country Chamber
  • Dudley College

The support we give falls into the following areas:

  • Educational visits (foundry and plastics divisions)
    • With over 500 children attend in 2019
  • Teacher CPD
    • Teachers attend to gain an understanding of how work and education are linked
    • Working with teachers we provide support for lesson plans linked to the world of work @ Thomas Dudley
  • Work with WPA (Work and Pensions)
    • Working with parents and children from under privileged areas
    • Showing how work can provide not only our monetary needs but mentally and physically as well
  • Enterprise Advisors
    • We have two directors who are EA’s for schools linked to the DAT
  • Black Country Chamber Business Festival
    • We support with the Schools Speed Sessions at Wolverhampton Racecourse to discuss careers
    • Run session on Inspiring the Workforce of the Future
  • We have a Governor and ?? supporting Dudley College
  • Support the Open Doors projects through BC LEP
  • Jason Parker (MD) is a Governor at Dudley College
  • Martin Dudley supports various local establishments:
    • Dudley Academies Trust (Trustee)
    • Dudley Business Champions (Chair)
    • BC LEP (Member)
    • Metals Forum Skills Group (Member)

We continually look at ways to support the future generation and are open to hearing ideas from local businesses and establishments.

Should you be interested in discussing any of the above content please contact Michele Bickerton People & Development Director – mbickerton@thoamsdudley.co.uk

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Finalist in the Express & Star Business Awards 2022

Thomas Dudley are very proud to be one of three finalists in the Express & Star Business Awards 2022 for Business of the Year. Being up against a high number of applicants from businesses around the Black Country and South of Staffordshire. Our application not only looked at our business innovation but our family values […]

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Thomas Dudley Limited
Registered in England No. 02399487
Registered Office: 295 Birmingham New Road,
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4SJ

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Thomas Dudley Limited
Registered in England No. 02399487
Registered Office: 295 Birmingham New Road,
Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4SJ
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