Consultation begins as governors back merger proposals
Following recommendations from the FE Area Review in 2016, TCAT and NCT have begun plans to merge to create a strong institution delivering high quality education and skills training for learners, employers and the local community. The proposal to start negotiations was unanimously agreed by TCAT and NCT at meetings with the respective boards of governors, and then by the merger Shadow Board.
A formal public consultation process ran from March 21st 2017 to April 21st 2017 – the vast majority of those responding were in favour of the merger. We thank you for all responses. A summary of the consultation and its outcome was published 7th June 2017 and is available free of charge here.
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. It will also increase the capacity to work with employers in the Telford and Wrekin area and 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'.
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 will separately propose to the Secretary of State a change of name for the Corporation to Telford College to begin on the official merger date.