NEWCASTLE College’s parent group NCG has joined the Government’s Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme, a network of organisations that aim to build a more prosperous north.
Liz Bromley, chief executive of NCG, said: “We’re really excited to become a Northern Powerhouse partner organisation as NCG is uniquely placed to support the growth of regional economies by applying our nationally leading skills and expertise at a local level.
“Our organisational purpose is to unlock potential through learning. We do this by understanding what employers need and bridging the gap between education and business.
“We’ll bring this knowledge to the Northern Powerhouse table, and work with our fellow partners to make sure we’re creating the right skills that can stimulate economic growth.
“Realising the potential of the north through investment in skills is a huge opportunity – and NCG will lead the way.”
The Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, the Rt. Hon Jake Berry added: “The North deservedly has a reputation for high-quality further education institutions so it’s great to see NCG become the latest member of our expanding network of over 300 partners.
“They have an impressive footprint across the Northern Powerhouse with headquarters in Newcastle and colleges in Carlisle and West Lancashire so are in an enviable position to provide people with the skills and training they need to get good, well-paid jobs as we prepare to take advantage of the global opportunities available when we get Brexit done and take our country forward.
“Their contribution will build on over £750 million of Local Growth Fund investment in the North-East, Cumbria and Lancashire as we work together to level up the whole North and every place in the UK.”
NCG – a group of seven colleges including Newcastle College, Carlisle College and West Lancashire College within the Northern Powerhouse area – helps thousands of people begin careers each year and works with businesses to deliver industry-leading apprenticeships, further and higher education courses.