Proposed merger between Barking & Dagenham College and Havering College of Further and Higher Education
10 April 2017
The Boards of Governors of Barking & Dagenham College and Havering College have today announced the commencement of public consultation on a proposal to merge the Colleges with the target date being 1st August 2017.
The aim is to bring a significant range of long-term benefits to students, employers and the local community.
The final decision regarding the merger will be subject to the approval of the Governing Bodies of both Colleges, taking into account the outcome of a formal due diligence process and the public consultation.
In a joint statement, a spokesperson for the two Colleges said:
“We are rightly proud of what we have accomplished as separate Colleges. Building on our fantastic achievements to date, we aim to create a College which will play a full role in developing the skills and talents of learners and thereby contribute to the future prosperity and the social and economic development of both our own area and the wider London economy.”
“The whole further education sector is under a great deal of scrutiny and this creates both opportunities and risks. We believe that, through merger, we will be in the right place to take advantage of the opportunities in the education and skills sector and manage those risks.”
“We both feel that the creation of a new College will provide an exciting opportunity for developing Further Education across East London and will also provide the opportunity to enhance our skills offer to young people, adults and employers, becoming an outstanding provider of choice.”
“Equally importantly, a merged College will be financially secure and will give us the opportunity to develop our course offer in line with student requirements and Government expectations.”
The spokesperson added:
“Whilst we are aiming for a merger date of August 2017, it is important to note that this decision will not affect the enrolment of new students over the summer for courses at either College.”
Both Colleges are officially graded as ‘Good” by Ofsted and have a history of close collaboration.
The public consultation period will continue until Friday 12th May. The full consultation document is available on http://www.hbdmerger.info/ as well as on the websites of both Colleges.