Government to establish first new Further Education college in 20 years
1 May 2014 03:35 PM
intention to enable Prospects College of Advanced Technology to become the
first further education college for 20 years.
The government today (1 May
2014) published its intention to enable Prospects College of Advanced
Technology to become the first new further education college for more than 20
The college, based in the South
Essex Thames Gateway, will provide cutting-edge technical education with 3
specialist apprentice skills training centres for engineering (including rail),
building services and aviation and a post-16 campus. It is expected to be
operational from 1 September 2014.
Skills and Enterprise Minister
Matthew Hancock said:
Prospects College of Advanced
Technology will offer high-level specialist vocational provision with employer
ownership at the heart of its mission. I welcome the establishment of new
colleges, which will drive up quality, help learners make the vital transition
from education to employment and support economic growth.
The new college will serve over
2,000 students and apprentices. It will provide high quality training through
innovative approaches to learning in order to meet the skills needs of local
economy and in direct support of the government’s industrial
Neil Bates, Chief Executive of
Prospects College and Principal Designate of the new college
Prospects has a proud history
spanning 45 years during which time we have trained thousands of people for
careers in the Engineering and Construction industry. Incorporation represents
the start of a new era. Working hand in hand with our employers we will train
the next generation of technician engineers, aerospace engineers, project
managers, building service engineers and skilled construction workers. We
aspire to be world class and nothing less will do.
The announcement, which follows
a full public consultation, will allow Prospects to become 1 of the largest and
most successful employer-led Group Training Associations in the
David Sherlock CBE, who will be
the first chairman of the corporation at the new college said:
This is a very important day.
The new college will be dedicated to the provision of high quality specialist
technical training and apprenticeships supporting employers in sectors which
are crucial to the national and regional economy.
The government is committed to
driving up quality and flexibility in the FEsector and has already
announced the establishment of national colleges for advanced manufacturing,
high speed rail and nuclear. Supporting the establishment of new colleges will
enable the UK to compete at the cutting edge of vocational skills development
– making us a more attractive location for investment, and providing
greater scope to export our educational expertise.
Secretary of State for Business
Vince Cable has powers to incorporate FEcolleges.
Since 1992 these powers have not
been used to create a brand new FEcollege outside of a merger
The government has ensured that
the process leading up to the announcement of the intention to incorporate
Prospects was robust, open and transparent, in line with the criteria set out
in the Structure and Prospects Appraisal process, and subject to appropriate
The Secretary of State is now
following the statutory process to establish a corporate body under section 16
(1)(a) of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992. The draft order has been
published, as prescribed by The Further Education Corporations (publication of
proposals) Regulations 2012. SI no. 1157.
The draft order must be
published for at least 4 months before it can come into force and has therefore
been published yesterday (30 April 2014) in line with the proposed
incorporation date of 1 September 2014.
The draft order has be published
in local and national newspapers and sent to a list of stakeholders (as
prescribed by legislation) including local MPs, local providers and local
authorities. The final order, which is made by negative resolution, can be
signed 2 months after the draft is published and must be laid for at least 21
days before coming into force.
The government’s long-term
plan is to build a strong, more competitive economy and a fairer society.
Strategy gives impetus to the plan for growth by providing businesses,
investors and the public with clarity about the long-term direction in which
the government wants the economy to travel.
The first achievements and future priorities of the industrial strategy
have been published and can be found herehttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/industrial-strategy-early-succ