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Central College Celebrates 3rd Birthday

Central staff outside Highfields with pink letters

Central College Nottingham celebrated its third birthday this week!

The College was given the nod by the Government to change its name from South Nottingham College on 17 October 2012. The name South Nottingham no longer accurately reflected the breadth of the college’s presence across the city.

The name ‘Central’ reflects a philosophy and approach where excellent high quality provision is centred on learners, communities and employers’ needs. The name also reflects the ethos and ambition of the College and is inspired by its long term ‘Hub and Spoke’ strategy. A central hub, flagship base with a number of spokes leading to centres of learning, all of which are central to their individual communities or the employers the College works with.

The College is committed to securing a site to build a new £60million state-of-the-art “hub” in Nottingham City Centre as part of the Broadmarsh and gateway regeneration project.

Central College Principal Malcolm Cowgill said:

“Central has come a long way in three years and we’ve achieved some significant milestones. We have built up a reputation for offering quality courses for a wide audience from school leavers to adults plus international businesses both in the UK and overseas including a lot of development work in China.

Many of our student success rates are above the national average and have risen every year since merger. With 93% of students going on to further study or into employment after they complete their course, we are proud to provide quality education, training and support for students to realise their ambitions.

The College has carefully aligned its courses and qualifications to the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP/ D2N2) priority growth areas, to ensure students are gaining skills in areas where there are good job and career prospects. Examples of this working well are with local construction firm Carillion who are taking on numerous apprentices to satisfy a growing boom in building and construction in Nottinghamshire and Source BioScience who are taking on apprentices to satisfy a surge in growth in the City’s growing science economy.

Looking forward, we are excited by the challenge of shaping the further education landscape and progressing the new Skills Hub project in the city centre.”