East Riding College joins TEC Partnership
We are delighted to announce that East Riding College has merged with the TEC Partnership, formerly Grimsby Institute Group.
As part of the merger, which took place on 31 July, the college will retain its influence, identity and ability to deliver its mission with the support of the wider partnership.
The TEC Partnership, an Ofsted outstanding education provider which comprises of the Grimsby Institute, Scarborough TEC (formerly Yorkshire Coast College), Skegness TEC (formerly Lincolnshire Regional College), The Academy Grimsby and Career 6, has also formalised its change of name.
Whilst the legal identity of the college group has changed, the names of the Partnership’s colleges and campuses, which also includes National Employer Training and Modal Training, will continue to bear their own branding and identity.
This reflects the exceptional provision across the areas and ability to provide a growing range of training and learning opportunities, equipping learners with the skills and qualifications required to support their journey to employment.
Gill Alton OBE, Chief Executive Officer of the TEC Partnership said: “We are absolutely delighted that East Riding College have chosen to join the TEC Partnership. What became clear during the process was that we were integrating two organisations with very similar values and a dynamic approach.
“A hardworking team from across both organisations have delivered a smooth transition, whilst still putting learners first during challenging times. We look forward to working together to deliver exceptional education and training.”
The merger is a result of a strategic review undertaken by East Riding College’s board of governors in 2018. It identified that the opportunity of joining a wider group would deliver many benefits to the region and its coastal and rural communities, if the right merger partner could be found. The college then announced its intention to join the TEC Partnership in July 2019.
Mike Welsh, Principal of East Riding College said, “I am really positive about the opportunities the merger presents for the College. Obviously, we didn’t foresee the impact of a global pandemic, but nevertheless, it’s of great benefit that we’ve been able to secure our long term future at this time – for our learners, colleagues and the communities we serve. Our vision is clear and our direction is certain. I’m very excited about what lies ahead.”
East Riding College continues to perform well in national rankings, with overall achievement rates putting it in the top 20 general further education colleges nationally.
The TEC Partnership aims to ensure that the wider area will benefit from a long-term curriculum strategy to meet the needs of the regional economy.