Filton College, one of the main centres for further education in the North Bristol area, has been rebranded ‘South Gloucestershire and Stroud College’ (SGS) after officially merging with Stroud College on Monday (1st February).
Public consultation on the proposed merger was carried out in June last year and John Hayes MP, Secretary of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning gave his approval to the scheme in November.
Both colleges will remain at their existing sites but there have been suggestions that an additional campus could be created in the Dursley area.
Kevin Hamblin, Principal of the newly merged College, said:
“The merger will extend and protect our provision for learners, employers and local stakeholders across the communities we serve.”
“Both Filton and Stroud Colleges were successful individually, however as a merged institution we believe we can secure a sustainable future in the face of reduced funding over the next few years.”
“SGS will continue to meet the needs of all our learners and employers through the pooling of our resources, our expertise and our facilities.”
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