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Colleges set to merge
4:00pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
NEW College looks set to merge as early as next September.
Staff at the college, which has campuses in Redditch and Bromsgrove, and Worcester College of Technology have spent months in talks about how they could work together.
They have now agreed to move forward with a merger after a report by auditor KPMG said combining the two colleges would be best for students, employers and local communities in the future.
The corporations of each college met earlier this week to consider KPMG’s report and accepted its recommendations.
Governors agreed a merger would increase the opportunities for student choice and encourage diversity in the education and training available for the county in the future.
The colleges were also urged to move as quickly as possible to minimise uncertainty about the move.
In a joint statement John Callaghan, principal of NEW College, and Stuart Laverick, principal of Worcester College of Technology, said it was an important stage in the development of further education in Worcestershire.
“Both colleges are committed to completing the next phase of consultation and investigation as quickly as possible with the objective of developing clear plans in time for implementation for the 2014/15 academic year,” they said.
A joint options group, made up of representatives from both colleges, has been authorised to start a formal consultation.
Local partners and providers will also be invited to join in with the process.
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