New Anglia Colleges Group launches its manifesto to promote excellence and opportunity in further education

New Anglia Colleges Group. Pictured are the principals of some of the  FE colleges. Back: Kevin Grieve, Paston Sixth Form College, Corienne Peasgood, City College, Norwich, David Henley, Easton and Otley College, Dr Catherine Richards,  East Norfolk Sixth Form College; Front: Alan Whittaker, Suffolk One, Viv Gillespie, Suffolk New College, Dr Nikos Savvas, West Suffolk College and Jo Pretty, Lowestoft College
New Anglia Colleges Group. Pictured are the principals of some of the FE colleges. Back: Kevin Grieve, Paston Sixth Form College, Corienne Peasgood, City College, Norwich, David Henley, Easton and Otley College, Dr Catherine Richards, East Norfolk Sixth Form College; Front: Alan Whittaker, Suffolk One, Viv Gillespie, Suffolk New College, Dr Nikos Savvas, West Suffolk College and Jo Pretty, Lowestoft College

A skilled workforce for the future will be inspired through the work of a group representing further education colleges in Norfolk and Suffolk.

The New Anglia Colleges’ Group is made up of 11 colleges from both counties who teach 32,000 students and some 8,000 apprentices.

The group’s manifesto calls for secure funding, improved access to grants and loans, affordable student transport and business centred qualifications in English and maths.

Chairman of the group Nikos Savvas, who is the principal of West Suffolk College, said: “Our vision sets out the needs and priorities of the sector. We are working together as we believe passionately in the ethos of ‘education without borders’ for the benefit of this region.

“We will be working as one to support the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, so that together we are committed to raising educational standards and aspirations and to a stronger regional economy,”

The launch of the manifesto was last Friday and can be seen at Colleges manifesto

Colleges taking part are City College, Norwich, the College of West Anglia, East Norfolk Sixth Form College, Easton and Otley College, Great Yarmouth College, Lowestoft College, Lowestoft Sixth Form College, Paston Sixth Form College, Suffolk New College, Suffolk One and West Suffolk College.

Mark Pendlington, chairman of New Anglia LEP who wrote the manifesto foreword, said: “Driving higher skills and delivering a skilled and inspired future workforce for business in the East is key to us all benefitting from the competitive international economy we are building here.”