Newcastle College Joins North East Call For Investment

Newcastle College Joins North East Call For Investment

Posted On 15th May 2019 By Charlotte Horsfield

Newcastle College has joined others from across the North East to demonstrate the importance of our role in transforming lives and driving economic growth, calling on the government for better investment and fair pay for our colleagues.

As part of the second phase of the national Love Our Colleges campaign, from Monday 13 May to Friday 17 May, governors from colleges across the region are hosting events and speaking to their local MPs, staff, students and local business partners to demonstrate why the Chancellor should ensure meaningful and sustainable investment of colleges in his Comprehensive Spending Review.

Over the last decade, colleges have suffered an average of a 30% cut in funding, during which time costs have increased dramatically. This has had a detrimental impact on students, businesses, communities and the wider economy.

Ian Dormer, Chair of Newcastle College said: "Colleges are great providers of higher skills for the region.

"Newcastle College University Centre is a transformational employer-led institution that delivers technical and professional education with a clear route to high skilled employment.

"Without this contribution from Newcastle and other Colleges, the regions technical skills would have a significant gap and adversely affect the region's economy."

Colleges educate and train 2.2 million people every year. Through top-class professional and technical education, apprenticeships, higher education, basic skills or lifelong learning, colleges support people of all ages and backgrounds to fulfil their potential and achieve their ambitions.

Rooted in local communities, colleges also play a vital role in driving social mobility and providing the skills to boost local and regional economies.

Helen Golightly, Chief Executive of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "Improving skills, employability, inclusion and progression is a key part of the North East Strategic Economic plan to boost the economy and create more and better jobs for people living and working in the region.

"The North East's colleges play a vital role in this by supporting people to gain academic qualifications and valuable encounters with employers, ensuring they can make informed choices about their future careers. It also means businesses are able to employ people with the skills they need to flourish and grow.

"In recognition of the fantastic work being done in our region, the North East LEP area is home to the country's only College Careers Hub, which supports colleges in the North East and across the country to implement and deliver the Gatsby Career Benchmarks.

"The North East LEP values the important contribution colleges make in improving our economy and building inspiration and aspiration among its students."

The Love Our Colleges campaign is a partnership between Association of Colleges (AoC), National Union of Students (NUS), Association of College and School Leaders (ASCL), University and Colleges Union (UCU), Unison, GMB, TUC and National Education Union (NEU).

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: "The financial viability of colleges is as hard as it has ever been. This is despite the fact they are embedded within their local community and work with employers to provide solutions to people of all ages.

"If we want to achieve success, locally, regionally and nationally, we must ensure they're properly supported."