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Proposal to create a new Institute of Arts and Technology

23 March 2016

We are really pleased to announce our proposal for City College and Northbrook College to merge and create an Institute of Arts and Technology. This new organisation will continue to transform the lives of young people and adults across the Greater Brighton and Sussex Region through the provision of high quality vocational, professional and technical routes into employment.

We see this proposal as a really exciting way for both Colleges to become even stronger and be able to provide students with more opportunities and positive progression routes.

It is important that all of our students, parents, employers and partners are involved in this process. This first step is to launch the proposal and in due course there will be a consultation process where we will welcome your views. We will know the outcome of this proposal by the end of April 2016 when we will provide a further update.

If the proposal is accepted the merger will not take place until September 2017. We are not expecting present or future students to experience any negative impact but there will be many benefits.

For full details please see the press release below.

Sharon Collett


*City College Brighton & Hove and Northbrook College, Sussex announce proposals to create a new Regional Institute of Arts & Technology*

The Greater Brighton & Sussex Institute of Arts & Technology will transform the lives of young people and adults across the City Region through the provision of high quality vocational, professional and technical routes into employment. Responding to the identified economic priorities of Greater Brighton and Sussex, it will sit at the heart of the City Region’s drive to increase productivity and economic growth through the provision of high quality vocational and applied pathways from foundation to technician and associate professional level.

The proposed new College will be formed from a merger of Northbrook College and City College Brighton. The Institute will teach around 3,500 16-­‐18 year old students, 7,500 adults 1,000 undergraduates and more than 800 apprentices generating an income of circa £40 Million.

The organisation will retain existing high quality local campuses and local delivery in Brighton, Shoreham and Worthing but will be led by a central executive team and governing body pursuing a single strategic plan.

At the moment the two colleges are at the proposal stage and there are plans in place for a full public consultation later in the year to ensure that the views of staff, students and the local community are fully taken into account.

Sue Dare, Principal of Northbrook College said

'I am very excited by the proposals and the opportunity to build on our proud histories and strong profile of success in further and higher education and apprenticeships.

For me this is all about creating an organisation with the capacity to invest in a broad curriculum offer establishing a sound educational footing of mathematics, English and employability skills for all our students while at the same time developing a suite of vocational specialisms up to and including Degree level courses. These specialisms will be closely aligned to local economic priorities including Creative, Digital and IT in Brighton and Worthing, Engineering at Shoreham and Worthing, and Construction at East Brighton.'

Nick Juba, CEO of City College Brighton said:

'The Greater Brighton & Sussex Institute of Arts & Technology will place apprenticeships and work-­based learning at the heart of its plans to provide meaningful routes into employment and to support local business to plug skills gaps. The expansion and growth of Apprenticeships will be a key component of our strategy. A new Greater Brighton Workforce Development Company – a joint venture between City College and Northbrook – will be established that will provide a ‘one stop shop’ for employers in the region to address a range of training and workforce development needs.

Mr. Juba went on to say:

'The new institute will provide a genuine alternative to A-­‐levels and University and access to a wide range of professional and technical qualifications to Degree level. It will focus on giving our students the skills they need find jobs and careers across the City Region and beyond. That’s what we do best and it’s what will make the new Institute different'

Julie Nerney Chair of Governors at City College Brighton said:

'The Institute will serve the Greater Brighton City region – a real and functional economic area with a population of 677,000 and 283,000 jobs. Our aim is to ensure a better alignment between the supply of skills and demand from the local labour market. The Institute will focus its activity on supporting local people into local employment particularly in high GVA sectors, alongside key roles in the traditional coastal economy.'

Ian Lowrie, Chair of Northbrook College Sussex said:

'The Greater Brighton & Sussex Institute of Arts & Technology will be the engine room of the local economy and will play a central role in delivering against the devolution prospectus.

Alongside providing overall leadership for the skills and apprenticeships agenda across Worthing, Shoreham and Brighton, the new organisation will make significant contributions to smart specialisation in the Creative, Digital and IT cluster as well as bridging the gap between cultural, arts and heritage organisations.

Notes to editors:

City College’s central campus is in Brighton's vibrant North Laine area and every year, around 7,000 students choose the college as their next step into a career or onto university. The College offers over 600 courses from Entry Level up to Foundation Degree level for all age groups from 14 upwards. The College's vocational courses are career-­focussed and provide hands-on industry training. With links to over 2,000 businesses, the College can ensure that its courses provide the industry-­standard skills that employers need.

Facilities include the Library Resource Centre, Central Cafe, Training Restaurant (The Gallery) and the College's Hair & Beauty training salon, (City Revival), which offers an excellent value service to local customers. Aside from the Central Campus, the City College East campus on Wilson Avenue
hosts the College's Performing Arts programme as well as Childcare and Music Technology.Motor Vehicle students at City College East learn in a state-of-­the-art workshop which was opened in 2011. A new Construction & Trades Centre at City College East, designed to be a leading educational and training hub for Brighton & Hove’s next generation of construction workers, is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2017.

Northbrook College, Sussex is a general further education College rated Good with outstanding features by Ofsted, which serves Worthing, Adur and Arun in West Sussex. Operating on three main campuses, two in Worthing and one at Shoreham Airport, it manages a Skills Centre focusing on work with the unemployed in Kingston Buci, and, in partnership with the local Chamber of Commerce an innovation hub for new businesses together with a business development centre focused on work with employers and the unemployed in central Worthing.

The College offers full time and part time courses in a wide range of sectors with specialisms in Creative Industries, Health, Public Services and Care; Engineering, and Business, Administration. The College has a large apprenticeship programme with high quality outcomes.

Northbrook has one of the highest number of undergraduate students in the South East (800+)with good pathways into degrees run by the College and validated by the University of Brighton in Creative and Digital Industries, Games Design, Motorsport, Computing, Early Years and Teacher Training. The College has piloted Higher Apprenticeships in Care. In addition we offer HNCs in Engineering and higher level professional qualifications. These provide local progression routes and support widening participation in the area.

For more information contact Brian Bell, Press Officer on or 01273 667788 x 488. Or visit City College Brighton & Hove