WLC merger on the cards

Ealing Hammersmith and West London’s College and Kensington & Chelsea College have announced that they are starting a process to merge the two colleges in order “to broaden the opportunities available to learners and help meet the future needs of employers across the region”.

The move will aim to build on the strengths of the two organisations and provide a wider choice of courses and apprenticeships. The partners hope the merged college will be in the strongest position to be able to deliver the high standards of education and skills that local employers want in their future workforce. Both colleges will retain their existing sites and names.

Garry Phillips, chief executive of West London’s College, said: “The combined strengths of these two organisations will offer students an exciting spectrum of educational and training opportunities – including the chance to progress on to higher level apprenticeships and degree courses. This will prepare students for the very best chance of career success, help secure the future of further education across London and make a significant contribution to the economic development of our region.”

A period of formal public consultation will commence in the autumn, with the newly-merged institution expected to launch early in 2018.

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