Responding to the announcement today by Redcar and Cleveland College and Stockton Riverside College that they plan to merge into a single further education provider, Redcar MP Anna Turley said:
“This is good news for further education in Redcar & Cleveland and is an important step forward in making sure our young people can access the best quality education. It will bring an end to the insecurity that has hung over Redcar College, guaranteeing that our borough will retain an FE college and that learners will not have to travel further afield.
Ofsted’s grade 4 rating captures the difficulties the college has been facing and the merger with a strong partner like Stockton Riverside should ensure our young people have the top quality education they deserve.
Having an excellent local FE provider is also crucial if our young people and adult learners are able to take advantage of the big opportunities that are coming to Teesside. From the existing projects by MGT Power and Sirius Minerals, to the potential development on the former SSI site, local people need the high quality training to prepare them for the new jobs on offer.
I look forward to working with the new merged college to secure the best for our area.”