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Two colleges share new purpose built centre for vocational and 14-19 year old strategy

The Greater Manchester LSC is promoting the prospect of Bolton Community College and Bolton Sixth form College to merge together and offer vocational learning in a purpose built campus in Bolton town centre. Both colleges will still withhold their individual college identities and cultures, but will be sharing resources and the new purpose built learning centre. There are plans to sell one of the Bolton Community College’s 1940’s buildings to part fund the project, which will deliver vocational and 14-19 year old learning.

This is an excellent example of Further Education partnerships, earlier this week Caroline Neville, Director of Learning for the LSC, rallied for Colleges and Training Providers to work together to develop and improve learners experience. Mark Haysom Chair of the LSC also called for improvements to college buildings at Novembers AoC conference. The new purpose built centre and the partnership with Bolton Sixth Form College and Community College will be well received by the community, existing and future learners.

Alison Bowes, Principal of Bolton Community College said:

“We are very excited at the prospect of a new town centre Further education facility which will be designed to meet the needs of Bolton Community College.

The proposed state-of-the-art building would make a spectacular addition to the look of Bolton town centre, and dramatically increase the further education and vocational opportunities available to young people aged over 14.

The new centre will help us to work in partnership with the Sixth Form College and local Secondary Schools, to meet the changing needs of the 14-19 curriculum. It will also help us in achieving our joint aim of significantly increasing the numbers of young people continuing intoFurther and Vocational education.

We look forward to continuing to work with our partners in Bolton, and the Learning and Skills Council Greater Manchester to make this showpiece college building a reality.”

Gavin O”Meara

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