In June 2017, New College Nottingham and Central College Nottingham teamed up to create Nottingham College, which is set to be one of the largest education providers of its kind in the UK. The aim of the merger was to fuse the best features of both establishments and create a strong new college for the benefit of the city and its student population.
The two colleges came together with a shared ambition of improving the job prospects of Nottingham’s young school leavers and adult learners. The vision for Nottingham College is to be a centre of excellence for teaching and learning, providing an environment in which people can develop an array of career-relevant talents and be introduced to future employers.
Nottingham wants to establish itself as a national leader in technical skills delivery, through post-16 and adult education and apprenticeships. The college’s leadership team have already entered into a dialogue with representatives of local and national employers, in a bid to ensure the curriculum is suited to their employment needs. There will be investment in areas of the college which support the area’s economic growth plans.
The merger, which followed public consultation and discussions with students, staff, employers, and unions, was officially announced after a long period of intricate planning. The college employs around 1,500 staff, supporting up to 40,000 full and part-time students into the world of employment, degree courses, and higher-level apprenticeships.
Nottingham is now well-placed to influence and react to policy changes around apprenticeships, technical qualifications, employer ownership of skills, and the government’s Industrial Strategy.
The college has become one of the largest of its kind in the country, boasting nine campuses across the city, all of which are centres of excellence that specialist in particular curriculum areas. It works in collaboration with roughly 6,000 local, regional and national employers.
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By 2020, students and staff will benefit from a brand new, state-of-the-art city centre campus. The college will also directly support the creation of 55,000 new jobs across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire by 2023. The college is also on course to unveil a new £60 million City Hub campus complex, and launched the public consultation stage of the process in November 2017.
In the old days of New College Nottingham, high-profile alumni included boxer Carl Froch, the four-time world champion who is now a Sky Sports commentator, actress Samantha Beckinsale, comedy performer and singer Su Pollard, and My Family star Richard Lindsay.
Singer-songwriter James Morrison also studied there, as did actress Finn Atkins, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, mathematician Mark Pollicott, and Oscar-winning composer Steven Price.
Ex-student Fazane Malik, who studied a BTEC in Fashion, has since launched her own fashion brand in partnership with her brother. Her eye-catching designs are now sold all over the UK, USA, Europe, Australia and China, both online and in exclusive boutiques.
Fazane has tasted success before, having previously won the Midlands Independent Designer of the Year accolade in 2014, and was runner-up in Entrepreneur of the Year at the Nottingham Post Women in Business Awards in the same year.