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NCG Welcomes Carlisle College into the Group

We are pleased to announce that Carlisle College has now merged with NCG.

We will support the continued development of provision in Carlisle and the surrounding area, ensuring the greatest security for staff and students and ongoing investment in Carlisle College.

Chief Executive of NCG, Joe Docherty, welcomes Carlisle College to the group:

“We are delighted to welcome Carlisle College to the NCG family of colleges and training providers. Carlisle is a successful college which will continue to serve the needs of its local community. It is our clear goal to help grow and develop the current offer for the benefit of learners and employers in Carlisle 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, with NCG’s full backing for growth and development.

“Carlisle College will retain its identity and name and all provision from our city centre campus. NCG fully shares our commitment to putting learners and the community first, and offers us a very strong and positive future bringing 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.

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Carlisle College to join NCG

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.

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Carlisle College announces proposal to join NCG

Carlisle College today announced it proposes to join NCG, one of the largest further education and training groups in the country, to strengthen and further develop its provision and meet the needs of the local community.

Carlisle College Chair of Governors, David Carter said ‘We were very clear about what we were looking for. When we approached NCG, we discovered they absolutely share our vision of providing the best possible education and training for Carlisle and the surrounding area and we are delighted to be moving into detailed discussions about the future.”

NCG, which has a nationwide network of colleges and training organisations, will support the continued development of provision in and around Carlisle. This will ensure the greatest security for staff and students and ongoing investment in Carlisle College at a time when small colleges are facing challenges in a difficult funding environment.

Chief Executive of NCG, Joe Docherty, said: “We are delighted that Carlisle College wants to join NCG. 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.”

The move will ensure the Carlisle College brand remains and is strengthened. The college will retain its local identity and a high degree of autonomy whilst benefiting from the support, expertise, investment and resources of the group.

Carlisle College Principal, Moira Tattersall said “This is a really exciting time for the college and for Carlisle. NCG has a fantastic reputation for innovation and professionalism, and becoming part of the group will enhance Carlisle College’s ability to respond to new skills needs in the area.

“The College will continue to do all the things it is known for and will have the resources and stability to develop new opportunities and address the needs and priorities that we cannot tackle alone. There is an opportunity to learn from NCG’s Aviation Training Centre at Newcastle Airport and their Rail Academy and see how this can help develop the Colleges offer in Carlisle.”

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 would fully support this approach with Carlisle College continuing to work with local partners on the achievement of the priorities set out in the Cumbria LEP’s Skills Investment Plan.

Carlisle College and NCG has now moved to detailed negotiations and will publish a formal public consultation document with a view to concluding the merger in time for the start of the new academic year this September. The consultation on this plan will coincide with the Government’s Area Based Review of Cumbrian Colleges. The proposals to join NCG will dovetail with that process and take account of any feedback that emerges as a result.

Public consultation is an essential part of the approval process so it is important that everyone in the community has the opportunity to put forward their views and take part.

You can give your views in one of four ways:

Responses should be made no later than 12 noon on Monday, 25 April 2016.

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