Bedford College is recognised as one of the best further education providers in the UK.
It is the largest college in the region for 16-18 education, apprenticeship training, higher education and parttime education. Our growth over the last decade is an amazing achievement given a stable population, new competitors and being based in one of the region’s smaller market towns.
Achieving this reputation and growth comes down to effective partnership working. We work with community organisations and employers who are committed to the development of their staff. We work with our employees and governors who also invest in their own development and use their skills to help our students. And, of course, we work with our excellent students who continue to push themselves to gain qualifications that are recognised nationally and internationally.
Our students’ achievements translate into great results for them: jobs, promotions, university. They also translate into a more socially and economically prosperous community.
We want everyone in our community to have the chance to achieve these positive outcomes. Our recent merger with Tresham College in Northamptonshire means we can now provide even more opportunities to even more people. This is our aspiration. I hope you will take a few minutes to read on and find out more.
Principal & Chief Executive
The Bedford College Group
2017 has been another year of continual surprises. We know the best way to cope with change is to ensure we are more resilient, more observant, more agile and more productive.
Further education helps support individuals and employers to respond in that way. So it is no surprise that Bedford College has continued to grow, even in a period of austerity, to become the largest education provider in the region.
This summer, the Bedford College Corporation approved a merger with Tresham College in Northamptonshire to create The Bedford College Group. We are determined to continue investing in our staff, our programmes, our infrastructure and our high-quality service, even in this period of uncertainty, and the extra scale and capacity arising from the merger means that we will be even better able to serve our community in the future.
We are also determined to make sure we improve education and skills for everyone in the community. We know: the higher your level of education, the higher your salary, the lower your chances of unemployment and the longer your life expectancy. We believe that every individual should have the opportunity to achieve this.
Chair of the Corporation