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Nottingham leads the way

College Chairs at Skills Hub site

The Corporations of ncn and Central College Nottingham have agreed to pursue merger by August 2016. After extensive work, facilitated by the Further Education Commissioner, it was agreed that a single college with a unified curriculum offer and an integrated property portfolio is the best outcome for students, employers, community groups, staff and stakeholders.

The Further Education Commissioner congratulated all parties for the hard work in delivering a solution which puts Further Education in Nottingham at the forefront of national developments. He states that,

“In the light of recent announcements by the Minister of State for Skills it is encouraging to see Nottingham undertaking this pioneering work on behalf of local stakeholders.”

A Designate Board will be established to take the exciting “Nottingham College” project forward, including the task of communicating widely with stakeholders. The merger proposition for Nottingham requires a full consultation process, which will include questions and answers being posted on a merger website.

The Chair of Central College, Carole Thorogood and the Chair of ncn, David Nelson are united in their support for a single college.

Carole Thorogood said

“This is an exciting time for Further Education and the formation of a single college offers us the opportunity to transform Education and Skills across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire”.

David Nelson said

“This is more than a merger. It is about reshaping Further Education in Nottingham to create the future education and skills infrastructure that Nottingham needs – better, different and driven by the needs of Nottingham’s learners, employers and communities."