The heads of colleges throughout Norfolk and Suffolk have joined together to created a new regional educational pressure group.
The New Anglia Colleges’ group, which has been meeting regularly, has launched its manifesto today to collectively advance their quest for high quality further education throughout the region.
In it they discuss the need for secure funding which matches student need; for support of proper careers education in schools; access for students to grants and loans through new education accounts, affordable and accessible student transport, business centred English and maths qualifications; and public consultation on new school proposals.
The group represents 11 colleges from across Norfolk and Suffolk, who collectively teach 32,000 students and around 8,000 apprentices. The lifetime value of all the qualifications awarded is a staggering £1.379 billion.
The group has produced a key facts document, which is sent as an attachment to this release. The launch of the document took place at a meeting of the head at West Suffolk College, Bury St Edmunds, on Friday.
The full list of colleges involved in the group is: City College Norwich, College of West Anglia, East Norfolk Sixth Form College, Easton and Otley College, Great Yarmouth College, Lowestoft College, Paston Sixth Form College, Suffolk New College, Suffolk One and West Suffolk College.
College of West Anglia principal David Pomfret said: “I am proud that the College of West Anglia is a part of the New Anglia Colleges group. This initiative will enhance our work with the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, helping to raise the aspirations of our students and increase the educational value of our college. I look forward to CWA moving forward as a part of this group and being able to share the progress and developments over the upcoming months.”
Dr Nikos Savvas, chairman of the New Anglia Colleges Group and principal of West Suffolk College, said: “We are proud to be the driving force and the engine behind the improving economic growth in the region.
“Our vision is important. It sets out the needs and priorities of the sector. We are working together as we believe passionately in the ethos of ‘education without borders’ for the benefit of this region. We will be working as one to support the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, so that together we are committed to raising educational standards and aspirations and a stronger regional economy.”
Already, the New Anglia Colleges group has worked together on a number of strategic objectives and joint funding bids.
Mark Pendlington, chairman of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, who has written the foreword to the manifesto said: “This is a really exciting vision and an important moment for everyone working in or studying at our local colleges, or who plans to become as student in the future. This is our colleges working collaboratively and at their best right across Suffolk and Norfolk. Driving higher skills and delivering a skilled and inspired future workforce for businesses in the East is key to us all benefiting from the competitive international economy we are building here. This area is the natural home for future business leaders and entrepreneurs, and for them to see Suffolk and Norfolk as one of the best areas in the world to live and work.
“The fantastic contribution our colleges make to the life of learners and the communities they serve is highlighted today. So let’s celebrate the invaluable and indispensable relationship between further education and the world of work. Release the potential!”