The TEC Partnership, which includes the Grimsby Institute and Scarborough TEC, and East Riding College have announced plans for East Riding College to join the TEC Partnership.
East Riding College recently undertook a review of its strategic plan where the board identified that the opportunity of joining a wider group will deliver many benefits to the region and its coastal and rural communities. The review was supported by colleagues from the Department for Education’s Further Education Commissioner’s team and the Education and Skills Funding Agency.
The expanded partnership will bring together the depth of local knowledge and established links of both organisations which will create opportunities to invest in curriculum, learners, colleagues and facilities across the wider group as well as enabling innovation and creating a stronger organisation to face the challenges of the further education sector.
Mike Welsh, Principal and Chief Executive of East Riding College said, “I believe this is the right thing to do. Joining such a strong and influential partnership gives us the means and resources to increase opportunities for our communities and realise our ambitions for the region. East Riding College continues to perform extremely well, with overall achievement rates putting us in the top 15% of general further education colleges nationally, making us the number one general FE College based in Yorkshire.”
The current funding climate for further education is affecting the whole sector and many institutions are considering ways to safeguard their long term sustainability. Not only will joining the TEC partnership provide East Riding College with added sustainability, it will also provide scope for the College to continue to thrive and maintain its high performance.
Gill Alton OBE, Chief Executive Officer of the TEC Partnership said, “I’m delighted with today’s news. This is a fantastic opportunity for East Riding College and the TEC Partnership. We will now work together over the coming months to help East Riding College join the Partnership whilst maintaining our absolute focus on our learners and our colleagues in both organisations. This opportunity will enable the wider region to benefit from a long term strategy to ensure that our curriculum delivers what the regional economy needs.”
The process of joining the Partnership begins now and the College expects to finalise the merger towards the end of their new academic year after public consultation and consultation with their stakeholders.