NCG finalises Kidderminster College merger

The parent company of Newcastle College and Newcastle Sixth Form College now reports an annual turnover of £186m

Joe Docherty has been appointed as CEO of NCG
Joe Docherty has been appointed as CEO of NCG

NCG has completed its merger with Kidderminster College, establishing its position as one of the largest education and training groups in the country.

The organisation, which manages Newcastle College and Newcastle Sixth Form College, already works extensively across the Midlands and is hopeful the new site will become a flagship for the group’s operations in the area.

The merger follows an announcement from the college earlier this year that it was seeking a suitable partner. A number of proposals were considered before it committed to NCG, which proved a popular choice during public consultation.

The training provider now intends to invest in the college and improve the facilities there.

NCG chief executive Joe Docherty said: “This is an exciting time for us having Kidderminster College on board as part of NCG. We already have a strong presence in the West Midlands and this will complement that superbly.

“Having the experience and back up of a national training group behind them will also help secure their future.

“Kidderminster College will continue to serve its local community and it is our clear goal to help expand and diversify the current offer for the benefit of learners and businesses in the region.”

As well as colleges, NCG runs Intraining, an apprenticeship and employability training company based in Sheffield, and Rathbone, a national voluntary youth sector organisation and registered charity that works with 14-24 year olds previously not in education, employment and training.

Kidderminster College principal Andy Dobson said: “I am delighted that the process we started many months ago has come to a very successful conclusion as we aim to become the natural college of choice for everyone in Kidderminster and Wyre Forest.

“It was clear from the start that NCG shared our vision of providing the best possible education and training for this area. The Kidderminster College brand will not only continue but be strengthened.

“We will retain our well known and respected local identity but get the benefits of the support, expertise and resources of being part of a national group.”


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