The public value delivered by The City of Liverpool College
The City of Liverpool College Group is one of the leaders in Further Education, and a key delivery vehicle of skills across the Liverpool City Region and beyond.
With an annual turnover of c£40m and thousands of enrolments in Liverpool alone, the College provides wide ranging services to employers, other providers and students.
At the heart of the group is The City of Liverpool College. It is the only general FE college within the city of Liverpool and the largest FE college in the city region. The City of Liverpool College serves the people of the Liverpool City Region, supporting employers in creating a skilled workforce, responding to economic priorities and drivers for growth and supporting our students to achieve and progress in either education or employment. The College has the ability to respond to a wide range of demands, delivering with the impact and reach of a national training provider but retaining the flexibility and responsiveness to meet local needs.
In an educational landscape that is changing ever more rapidly, the College occupies a unique space. It delivers the largest and most diverse vocational curriculum across the city region; offers a range of courses from entry level to degree; provides bespoke training hand-in-hand with employers in state of the art facilities; and continues to recruit students from a diverse range of backgrounds, supporting the college ethos of inclusivity.
The College recruits from thirty of the hundred most deprived areas in England; 93% of our students go on to education or employment. We believe that the socio-economic character of our student body makes high aspirations more important, not less, and that every student who stays with us should be supported to achieve and progress.
The College supports students, communities and employers, and the Board of Governors believe whole-heartedly that the sum is more than its component parts – that each of the three can benefit the other. The College has worked with business to realise the biggest and best opportunities for students, and to play its part in creating a skilled workforce for the future.
There are up to 22 members of the Board including the Principal, Elaine Bowker. The Board meets at least seven times a year and is responsible for overseeing the mission and activities of the College and ensuring effective strategic management and use of resources.
The membership includes governors from a variety of backgrounds including local authority, business and the community. Two members of staff from across the group are appointed as governors, as well as two students. The work of the Board is supported by the Group Audit Committee and the Group Finance Committee as well as task and finish groups.
The College Group has subsidiary companies which all have their own Boards and a memorandum of understanding is in place for each subsidiary company. The subsidiaries are SharEd and Liverpool Business Services. Each subsidiary company has at least one College governor appointed as a Director.
On 31 March 2015, AoC Governors’ Council published the new Code of Good Governance for English Colleges which has been adopted by the Board at The City of Liverpool College.