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NCG awarded Teaching Excellence Framework Silver Award

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Teaching and Excellence Silver award for the quality of our Higher Education teaching.

This comes just a year after NCG became the first FE institution in the UK ever to be able to develop and award its own honours and master’s degrees after it was awarded Taught Degree Awarding Powers from the Privy Council.

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was introduced by the Government to build evidence about the performance of the UK’s world-class higher education sector.

NCG was awarded the silver award due to its excellent outcomes for students and outstanding progression to highly skilled employment or further study. In addition, full time students regard the assessment and feedback processes as exemplary.

“We are delighted with this award. We pride ourselves on our excellent HE provision and our responsiveness to employer and learner needs as well as addressing local and national skills gaps.

“Together with our Taught Degree Awarding Powers, it will help us to be more responsive to the demand for higher level skills as well as supporting the local economy and more people into jobs.”
– Joe Docherty, Chief Executive

The panel also praised NCG for its:

  • strong commitment to widening participation and evidence of effective support for non-traditional learners
  • consistent curriculum focus on students engagement and stretch, through a range of initiatives including Student Fellows provision
  • strategic approach to employer engagement; exemplified by the creation of a series of Academies linked to key employers in the region
  • novel approach to the provision of state of the art learning environments located in real world settings; exemplified by the location of Newcastle College Aviation Academy within a working airport.

Led by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, (HEFCE), the TEF awards were decided by an independent panel of experts including academics, students and employer representatives. Drawing on national data, and evidence submitted by each university or college, the TEF measures excellence in three areas: teaching quality, the learning environment and the educational and professional outcomes achieved by students.

“Students invest significant amounts of time and money in their higher education. They rightly expect a high-quality learning experience and outcomes that reflect their potential. The UK already has a high bar for quality and standards, which all universities and colleges must meet. But the TEF judges excellence above and beyond this, clearly showing the highest levels across the sector.

“The TEF measures the things that students themselves say they care about: high-quality, engaged teaching and a supportive, stimulating learning environment which equips them with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their potential, and then to progress to a good job or further study.
– Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England

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Employee Engagement – Creating brand advocates

The good relationship between an organisation and its employees can be the key to a successful business.

At NCG, we strive for engaged employees who are passionate about their jobs and passionate about the company. We speak to our Director of Learning and Organisational Development, Elouise Leonard-Cross, to hear about how NCG are engaging colleagues, and the affect this has had on the business.

Why is Employee Engagement important?

“Within any organisation if you don’t have colleagues that are engaged it impacts on outcomes for customers and business performance. Engaged colleagues are more creative, more able to deal with challenges and tend to enjoy their time at work more – easy to see how all of these things make a big difference to customers!”

How are NCG engaging their employees?

“It’s a gradual process. As an organisation you can’t ‘click a switch’ and expect people to be engaged. It happens over a period of time but is fundamentally built on trust and respect. One approach to help us understand how engaged our colleagues are, and learn about how things can improve, is the Great Place to Work survey. As the survey is externally managed and anonymous it provides honest feedback that can be used to consider how we continually improve as an organisation.

“In 2017 we have introduced a new workshop for all our managers that have people management responsibility called The Art of Being Brilliant. This interactive workshop is built around how valuable great managers are to a successful organisation and offers tools that can be used positively with teams and individuals to support creativity and high performance.

“Recognising what we do well as a business and sharing this widely is also important. For that reason we have launched the NCG Excellence Awards in 2017, which builds upon the previous success of the Teaching & Learning Awards and extends the opportunity to colleagues in all types of roles. We had an overwhelming response this year with 567 nominations, and will celebrate with finalists at the awards dinner on the 27th June.”

How important is it for an organisation to have values?

“The most important thing for an organisation to have is a shared basis they build from. Organisational values are a great approach but only if they are shared, understood and underpin all activities, decisions and the way we work day to day.”

What advice would you give to a business wanting to engage their employees?

“It takes time! Starting small, being consistent with your values and listening to colleagues is important. I also believe that taking the opportunity to have some fun is critical too – we do so many positive things for our learners and it is important this happens for our colleagues too.”

 

About Elouise Leonard-Cross

Elouise Leonard-Cross is the Director of Learning and Organisational Development at NCG. She is an Occupational Psychologist who has worked in various fields over the last 15 years including HR, Recruitment, Teaching, Learning & Development & OD.

I love working in Learning & OD at NCG as I truly believe some of the things we can put in place can really make a positive difference for our colleagues. My most recent role was with Home Group, a housing charity, where I worked on a project for the last 5 years to build engagement.” ~ Elousie

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College Board Members for NCG colleges

NCG is introducing a board for each of its colleges to provide non-executive oversight at local level. We are now seeking to recruit College Board Members for: Newcastle College; Newcastle Sixth Form College; and Carlisle College.

College Board Members will have the opportunity to influence and strengthen their college’s response to meeting local needs, contributing to the accountability of the Senior Leadership Team for the quality of provision.

We are looking for non-executives with knowledge and experience in one or more of the following:

  • Employers and/or regional bodies
  • Management of Education and Training Services
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Safeguarding
  • Equality and Diversity

If you are interested in becoming a College Board Member for one of our divisions, you can Apply Here.

The introduction of individual college boards will enable NCG to focus on the local needs of the colleges within the group, ensuring that the curriculum design and quality agenda are supervised by people who are best placed to provide the checks and balances that good governance demands.

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NCG Excellence Awards 2017

This month, we are launching the NEW NCG Excellence Awards 2017! The purpose of this year’s awards ceremony is to raise the profile of the fantastic work of all colleagues throughout NCG.

The 2017 Awards are an evolution of the previous Teaching & Learning Awards, which were hugely successful, with the inclusion of categories that any colleague can be nominated for. We have also taken the opportunity to include our Values as part of the award categories.

The full list of the categories we will be awarding this year is below:

  • Excellence in Advice & Guidance
  • Excellence in Enriching the Learning Experience
  • Excellence in Innovation or Technology
  • Excellence in Learner Support
  • Excellence in Unlocking Learner Potential 
  • Excellence in Internal Customer Experience 
  • Excellence in Values – Ownership
  • Excellence in Values – Open & Honest
  • Excellence in Values – Valuing Our People
  • Excellence in Teaching – Higher Education 
  • Excellence in Teaching – Further Education
  • Excellence in Work Based Learning 
The event will take place on Tuesday 27th June 2017 – keep an eye on our social media channels for the latest updates on the NCG Excellence Awards 2017.

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Lewisham Southwark College to join NCG

The Governors of Lewisham Southwark College and NCG have agreed to a merger which will see Lewisham Southwark College join NCG in August 2017.

Governors of both organisations believe the merger will strengthen and further develop and improve education and training provision to better meet the needs of local communities in Central South London. All students will continue studying at Lewisham Southwark College’s current campuses in Lewisham and Southwark following the merger.

Lewisham Southwark College Chair of Governors, Chris Bilsland OBE, said:

“The Governors of Lewisham Southwark College are delighted the college will be joining NCG, ensuring that we can remain a local college but with national reach. The college will have the benefit of access to a huge range of expertise in areas such as apprenticeships and higher education as well as further education. At the same time, joining a like-minded organisation with an Ofsted ‘Good’ rating will support us in continuing to improve the quality of our provision.”

Jamie Martin, Chair of Governors at NCG said:

“We are delighted that the Governors of Lewisham Southwark College have taken the decision to join with NCG and look forward to welcoming the team in the coming months.”

Chief Executive of NCG, Joe Docherty, added:

“We look forward to supporting Lewisham Southwark College in their drive to improve the quality of education and skills provision in these two critically important London Boroughs, which will bring benefits to the students, employers and other stakeholders in Central South London.”

Lewisham Southwark College Principal, Carole Kitching said: 

“This is a very exciting time for the College. The merger will provide a catalyst for growth in the range of programmes we can offer students, including vocational and technical Higher Education. All five of NCG’s colleges have been recently rated Ofsted ‘Good’, and as one of the largest providers of apprenticeships in the country we can work together to offer employers locally a unique opportunity to engage with a single provider to meet their national training needs.”

“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 maintain a high degree of autonomy through the powers delegated to a local College Board. NCG fully shares our commitment to putting learners and the community first and offers us a very strong and positive future.”

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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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NCG joins Collab Group

We are pleased to announce that have become the 36th member of the Collab Group of colleges.

Joe Docherty, Chief Executive says:

“Working in collaboration and in partnership with other FE providers, employers and stakeholders is vital for the future development and success of the FE and HE sector and we are looking forward to working with likeminded individuals and organisations who are equally dedicated to delivering the very highest quality technical and professional education.”

Read the full story from TES FE here.

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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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2016 Highlights

2016 has been a busy year for NCG and our divisions; we take a look back at some of the highlights.

Parsons Building; an £18m redevelopment to transform post-16 learning

Back in March, Newcastle College unveiled the new Parsons Building on campus; a ten-storey facility boasting a range of real working environments to help train students for careers in a number of different sectors.

This includes a dedicated floor for healthcare training with a number of hospital wards that replicate the workings of a modern hospital; childcare facilities including a nursery, wet zone and reception class teaching area; and fully-equipped science laboratories dedicated to the delivery of biology, chemistry and physics. In addition, a domiciliary care flat that replicates a supported living environment with bath hoists, kitchen, and bedroom.

The Newcastle College Parsons Building enables employers to access a much needed training facility that will help them to train, recruit and retain highly skilled workers.

West Lancashire College Students Win Community Impact Award

In April, a group of eight West Lancashire College students came together for the Prince’s Trust team programme, winning the Community Impact Award at the Charity’s national ceremony at the London Palladium.

The Prince’s Trust team programme is designed to help young people develop the skills and confidence to find work in the future. The team set about transforming a garden at the Yewdale Counselling Centre into a tranquil haven, with different areas within the garden, individual seating and even repainted walls within the centre to help create a more relaxed environment for those undertaking counselling.

The team’s commitment to the cause was palpable; working late into the night and on weekends to get the job done, with their desire to go the extra mile to help pushing them over the edge to secure the national prize.  Well done Team 42!

Rathbone’s Legal Highs Destroy Lives Campaign a Success

A campaign led by young people at Rathbone Training has played its part in a change in legislation on legal highs.

At a Question Time event, in Manchester, on 27th March 2015, attended by 50 young people and 20 staff, young people raised the issue of legal highs with the panel of local decision makers which included Kate Green, MP for Stretford and Urmston.

A major talking point in the impassioned debate was the damage ‘legal highs’ do to young people’s lives, with several young people giving accounts of how they have affected them and their family and friends.

The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 came into force in May, just over a year after learners at Rathbone Training began highlighting the dangers of previously ‘legal highs’ and the impact they can have on people’s lives.

Intraining rated Grade 2 ‘Good’ by Ofsted

In June, Intraining achieved a Grade Two “Good” status from Ofsted, with the report praising its high quality of work with apprentices and partnering companies.

Inspectors looked at the quality of teaching, learning and outcomes for learners at Intraining, and awarded a ‘good’ status across all areas.

The OFSTED results clearly recognise Intraining’s strong work with employers and partners, as well as the investment they make to ensure that learners are safe, supported and are given the chance to fully unlock their potential by developing their skills.

TDAP

In June, NCG became the first Further Education Institution in the UK to be awarded Taught Degree Awarding Powers.

This landmark development followed an intensive scrutiny process by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, who recognised that Higher Education provision at their Colleges – Newcastle College, West Lancashire College and Kidderminster College – provide a high quality offer to students, equivalent to that of a university.

NCG validated their first BA Hons Degree in November, marking the first full degree award to be validated by a college group in the UK. The online degree in Leadership and Business Management was developed by NCG Direct as part of Newcastle College, and is expected to have its first cohort in January 2017.

NSFC best year on record for results

2016 has been a record breaking year for Newcastle Sixth Form College, with students achieving the best results the college has ever seen.

24 of the subjects the college offers achieved a 100% pass rate, with 85% of students choosing to progress to university (25% of which gained places at Russell Group universities).

Training Provider of the Year Award

In November, Kidderminster College was named Training Provider of the Year at the Worcester Apprenticeship Awards due to their excelled contribution to apprenticeships – both through increasing numbers and quality – and their role as apprenticeship ambassadors promoting apprenticeships in Worcestershire to young people, schools and employers.

Statistically, Kidderminster College’s success rates are well above the national average with an outstanding 99% of apprentices remaining in employment on completion of their apprenticeship programmes.

A Year of Student Successes

  • Newcastle Sixth Form College Student, Jennifer Olsen, was announced as the winner of the Talent 2030 National Engineering Competition for Girls for her project where she sought to develop cost effective ways of producing 3D printed prosthetic limbs.
  • Kidderminster College Administration Apprentice, Kathleen Sandford, from The Community Housing Group (TCHG) in Kidderminster, won the top award at the National Apprenticeship Service Awards, becoming the National Intermediate Apprentice of the Year.
  • West Lancashire College apprentice, Jack Baybutt, was also voted Intermediate Apprentice of the Year due to his infectious enthusiasm and business drive with his employer, The Cashroom Ltd.
  • Enthusiastic apprentices at leading energy provider npower had their successes celebrated with special awards presented by Intraining.
  • Learners from Rathbone Training received a National Volunteer Award from the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) for their work with Neath Foodbank where they regularly help weigh, sort, pack and deliver food hampers.
  • Kidderminster College Dance Student, Joel Cooper, landed a role in the award winning musical, Wicked, at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
  • Newcastle College student, Kieran Nelson, won the title of ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at this year’s prestigious Newcastle Business Awards.

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