Sadiq helps college merger
Thursday, 04 December 2008 14:47
The Minister for Further Education in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, Sion Simon MP, met with Sue Rimmer, Principal of South Thames College and Principal Sally McNeill of Merton College to discuss the proposed merger of South Thames College and Merton college this week.
The planned merger had been put on hold by the Minister.
Sadiq and Battersea MP Martin Linton arranged for the Minister to meet with the Principals to talk through the concerns he had.
South Thames College and Merton College have been discussing the possibility of a merger for over a year.
The aim is to safeguard the provision of further education to local communities while also enabling the merged institution to focus on providing access to meaningful career pathways and sustainable employment opportunities for both young people and adults.
The merger will be of huge benefit to communities in Wandsworth and Merton as it drives forward equality and diversity and promotes economic prosperity and community cohesion.
Sadiq said, “This merger is important to safeguard the provision both colleges provide for their local communities.
“I was concerned by the hold-up, but am pleased that the Minister listened carefully to the reasons behind the merger and the huge advantages a merged college would bring to all local communities.
“I am optimistic of a positive decision shortly.”
Sue Rimmer said, “It was a very positive meeting.
“The Minister was very thorough and receptive to our vision and our proposals.
“It gave us an excellent chance to explore the best solutions for the communities served by both colleges.
“We are confident the merger will exceed all expectations and provide residents in Wandsworth and Merton with the educational opportunities they deserve. “
Martin Linton MP said, “I think South Thames College does a very good job for Wandsworth and a merger with Merton College makes good sense.
“They complement each other and will be able to provide a wider range of courses and achieve even better results as a single organisation.”
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