The Governors of Carlisle College and NCG have agreed to a merger which will see Carlisle College become part of one of the largest education and training groups in the UK. Carlisle College will join NCG from April 2017.
Carlisle College Chair of Governors, David Carter said:
“The Principal and Governors see the merger with NCG as the best solution to securing the future success of Carlisle College and we are keen to benefit from the support, expertise, investment and resources of NCG.”
Jamie Martin, Chair of Governors at NCG said:
“We are delighted that the Governors of Carlisle College have taken the decision to join NCG and look forward to welcoming the team at Carlisle in the coming months.”
Chief Executive of NCG, Joe Docherty, added:
“Carlisle is a successful college which serves the needs of its local community. We share their focus on providing what employers and students in Carlisle need to develop skills for their local economy, and we are pleased to be able to back that with the expertise and capacity of a major national group.”
Carlisle College Acting Principal, Steve Salkeld said:
“This is a hugely exciting time for the College that will bring new opportunities and the ability to respond to new skills needs in the area.
“We will continue to determine our own curriculum in response to local need, with NCG’s full backing for growth and development. The College will retain its identity and name, and will operate as an NCG college. The Group fully shares our commitment to putting learners and the community first, and offers us a very strong and positive future.
“Being part of a larger organisation will help us to secure local provision and bring continued investment to help us meet the needs of learners, employers and the community.”
Carlisle College has a long-established tradition of collaborative and partnership working with the other Cumbrian Colleges and the University of Cumbria. The merger with NCG fully supports this approach and Carlisle College will continue to work with local partners on the achievement of the priorities set out in the Cumbria LEP’s Skills Investment Plan.
NCG is one of the UK’s largest providers of education, training and employability. The Group is made up of four colleges – Newcastle College, Kidderminster College, West Lancashire College and Newcastle Sixth Form College – and training providers, Intraining and Rathbone Training.