Consultation begins as governors back merger proposals
Telford College of Arts and Technology (TCAT)
Telford College of Arts and Technology [TCAT] and New College Telford [NCT] can today announce that formal merger talks are now under way.
Area reviews, have prompted TCAT and NCT to look into proposals to mutually benefit the two organisations.
The governing bodies from both organisations have now given the green light to begin merger plans, which will see the two colleges combine.
The merger will create a strong institution delivering high quality education and skills training for learners, employers and the local community.
The formal consultation process runs until April 21, with a view to the merger being completed on August 1.
The proposal to start negotiations was unanimously agreed by TCAT and NCT at meetings with the respective boards of governors earlier this month, and then by the Shadow Board last night.
Employees at both colleges have been informed, and further education commissioner, Richard Atkins CBE, has been sent a formal request by both organisations to support the merger.
The aim of TCAT and NCT is to support students and provide them with the knowledge and skills to fulfil their potential.
A merger will deliver this by improving the financial security of the newly formed college to provide excellent teaching and learning, the best facilities and extracurricular opportunities on a single site by the start of 2018/19.
The merger will increase the capacity to work with employers in the Telford and Wrekin area and will support the needs of local businesses and the community.
It is proposed that the corporation (governing body) of New College Telford will dissolve, and a new board be put in its place to govern both organisations.
It is intended that the newly-merged organisation will be renamed as 'Telford College'.
Three public meetings are to be held next week, giving interested parties the chance to question the leadership team and governors.
These will be held at the Park Lane Community Centre in Woodside on March 27, TCAT in Haybridge Road on March 28, and New College Telford on March 29. Each meeting will start at 6pm.
Ian Clinton, interim principal and chief executive at TCAT, said: “We have taken the initiative to implement the recommendations of the work of the area-based reviews to propose the merger with NCT."
“The merger will provide more opportunities for students and employers to meet the need for higher level skills in the Telford and Wrekin area."
“We've had positive initial discussions and recognise this is an excellent opportunity for us to maximise the benefits to students and employers through combining the capabilities of both colleges on a single site, with additional capital investment."
Martin Smith, interim principal at New College Telford, added: “We have a fantastic opportunity to combine our expertise, practices and knowledge with TCAT on a single site and develop a larger, stronger college."
“The merger will provide the long-term security of the college and ensures we are giving our students the best chance to achieve."
Dissolution of the Corporation of New College Telford is proposed in order that it may merge with Telford College of Arts and Technology. The merger will create a strong institution delivering high quality education and skills training for learners and employers.
The Corporation of Telford College of Arts and Technology is separately proposing to the Secretary of State a change of name for the Corporation to Telford College on 1 August 2017.
All students at New College Telford who have not completed their courses of study by the date of the proposed dissolution will continue with and complete their studies in their current locations under the auspices of Telford College. The proposed name of the merged college is Telford College. The date proposed for the dissolution of the Corporation of New College Telford is 31 July 2017. A copy of the consultation document on the proposed merger is available free of charge and can be downloaded on the page.
You may respond in one of these ways:
- Complete the form included in a consultation document
- Complete the form online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/mergerconsult
- Send a response headed “Consultation Response" by email to email@example.com or letter to Consultation Response Clerk to the Corporation,
Telford College of Arts and Technology, Haybridge Road, Wellington, Telford. TF1 2NP
The consultation period runs from 21 March 2017 to 21 April 2017. All responses and representations must be received by the closing date. A summary of the consultation and its outcome will be published within two months beginning on the date after the end of the consultation period and the summary will be available free of charge.