THE EXPECTED merger between Huddersfield Technical and Dewsbury Colleges will go ahead.
Government consent has been given to the proposals and on Friday, August 1, the colleges will merge to become “Kirklees College”.
The news confirming the merger, which was also given formal approval by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), has been eagerly anticipated by both colleges.
Chris Sadler, principal at Huddersfield Technical College and principal designate of Kirklees College, said: “The certainty that the final stage of the merger process has now been completed, with confirmation that the merger will take place on August 1, is fantastic for our students, staff and respective communities.
“I am looking forward to working with all our combined stakeholders to build on the impact the two colleges will make as a large, high quality merged entity. By sharing strengths in curriculum development and teaching we will build a college that effectively addresses national and local priorities, as well providing stability and confidence to support first class education across the region for young people, adults and employers.
“I am delighted ‘Kirklees College’ is now formally on its way!”
Trevor Jameson, interim principal for Dewsbury College added: “This is a great opportunity for Kirklees. For Dewsbury learners specifically, it will increase choices without necessarily having to consider travelling to other sites.
“As Kirklees College we will have a great deal more to offer all students joining us and we are confident of a combined boost to enrolments this September at Huddersfield and at Dewsbury.”
The merger confirmation is an added bonus for both Dewsbury College and Huddersfield Technical College as planning is already underway at each college for two proposed new builds.
Mike Lowe, Director of Area for the LSC in West Yorkshire said: “I’m delighted that the merger has been given the national seal of approval, as the new college will fully meet the needs of learners and employers in Kirklees.
“It will also provide better learning facilities and a wider choice of top-quality courses for learners of all abilities.
A highly skilled workforce is more important now than ever before, as the economy takes a dip.
“I’m confident that Kirklees College will attract more learners and take a significant role in making sure that the local economy is in a strong position to be competitive with other regions and to compete on the national stage.”