Redcar & Cleveland College is a General Further Education College located in the North Sea coastal town of Redcar. To the West is the River Tees and to the South the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. With a turnover of £10million, we offer a broad curriculum to over 2,500 students across a range of courses from entry level through to degree level.
The college prides itself on being at the heart of the local community and we strive to support young people, families and employers to ensure that the region is a great place to live, work and learn. We have developed outstanding relationships with partners and external stakeholders including schools and universities plus local and national employers.
The College consolidated its provision into a new build on one campus in 2008 where it opened a £26M new build quickly followed by a £4m Higher Education and Conference Centre extension part funded by Teesside University and the Sir William Turner Trust Foundation which was opened in 2010.
The College is held in high regard by its learners enjoying a much higher than national average customer satisfaction rating according to QDP which works with a sample from over 50% of colleges nationally and is the highest rated college for student satisfaction on HE programmes delivered in FE College’s in England.
The Local Economic Environment
The College is within the city region known as Tees Valley which is congruent with the Local Enterprise Partnership known as Tees Valley Unlimited. This sub region of the North East includes the towns of Darlington, Stockton, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool all of which have their own General Further Education Colleges as well as a specialist Arts College with Higher Education Provision at Cleveland College of Art and Design.
The College provides a strong mix and balance of provision across all sectors with a strong connection to local industries. The steel industry operated by Thai owned SSI has Europe’s biggest blast furnace alongside. The chemical and process based industries are located at a nearby chemical industries park known as ‘Wilton’ which is owned by a Singaporean company (SembCorp Utilities). Wilton plays host to the world’s largest low density polyethylene plant and cracker together with Europe’s largest Bioethanol facility. Wilton International facility contains a collection of global companies in a research centre and hosts the North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) of which the college is a member. Logistics for these industries is heavily supported by Teesport which offers a deep water port facility handling container shipments worldwide.
The College is a member of a local Trust Group which also includes six secondary schools, three academies and a sixth form college working together. There are also three other academies and a secondary school in the Borough which are not part of the Trust group. The College has strong and well established provision for 14-16 and has developed a unique learning pathways product (Expressway) for Level 2 provision with pupils attending the College one day per week to follow pathways in Engineering, Creative & Digital technologies, Health and Civil Engineering as a focus for progression to employment in the identified growth sectors of the locality. There are up to 400 school pupils on site in any one week undertaking Level 1 and Level 2 programmes. With the exception of 1 school within the Borough and 1 Academy there is no post sixteen provision other than that provided by the College and Prior Pursglove Sixth Form College. The College works closely with the local Sixth Form College on a relatively mutually exclusive offer across the borough with the Sixth form provision focused mainly on A’ Levels.
The College community is a real mixture of learners form a wide range of socio economic backgrounds. The College provides transport to provide easier access for learners travelling from harder to reach locations in rural districts and from further afield. Some of the wards the college serves are among the highest levels of deprivation in the region. The number of learners Not Engaged in Education or Training (NEETS) has been considerably reduced over time and Redcar now has one of the lowest NEETs values in the Tees Valley for those aged 16 however there are still considerable numbers of NEETS aged 17 which are a clear target group for recruitment.
The college works closely with a range of stakeholders and agencies to support the economic regeneration of the locality and the wider Tees Valley and offers a range of Gateway Programmes and Work Skills Programmes with a high degree of success through progression to employment and further training. The college endeavours to be highly responsive to the needs of industries and has set up a number of employer boards to ensure that the curriculum offer evolves to meet employer needs.
Redcar & Cleveland College,
Tel: 01642 473132