College has 2020 vision
A new vision to help shape the destiny of the region for the next decade has been unveiled by Petroc and the college wants as many local people as possible to have their say. With campuses across the South West including Barnstaple and Tiverton and incorp
A new vision to help shape the destiny of the region for the next decade has been unveiled by Petroc and the college wants as many local people as possible to have their say.
With campuses across the South West including Barnstaple and Tiverton and incorporating the former North and East Devon colleges, Petroc has developed a series of proposals for how lifelong learning opportunities should develop between now and 2020.
This "2020 vision" is a draft plan which aims to roll out the Petroc ideal of becoming "an outstanding college at the heart of an outstanding learning community, economically, culturally and socially."
It hopes to raise the aspirations of people, businesses and the community to ensure the area thrives for the future.
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The objectives include getting more people aged 25 and under into higher education, as well as creating more opportunities for apprenticeships and learning for people of all ages.
It also hopes to be a regional centre of excellence for business support and development for small and micro businesses, helping to increase the ambition, turnover and profitability of existing and new businesses.
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The college is determined to continue to grow and thrive even in a tough financial climate and while it lost the funding for a new �125 million campus in Barnstaple after the Government's Learning and Skills Council ran out of money, it still intends to "develop leading edge facilities" at all its sites.
There had been fears of substantial job losses after Petroc began a redundancy consultation process several weeks ago, but the Gazette learned yesterday (Tuesday) that losses could be kept to a minimum. Petroc said it had been streamlining its operations over the summer and although some jobs had been lost, the number was "far fewer" than feared. It said it could not confirm final figures at the moment because the process was still ongoing.
The vision consultation is now all about looking forward and Petroc says it needs to work with partners to attract resources and investment from a wider variety of sources, rather than relying solely on the public purse.
It said it needed to become "leaner and more efficient" while still fulfilling its role.
"The college has been through some big changes in the last five years and we have some big challenges ahead of us," said Petroc's Principal, David Dodd.
"We've grown dramatically, reaching out to more learners of all ages, at college, in the community and in the workplace and our business stretches far beyond Devon.
"As we look forward to 2020, we are optimistic about what we can achieve with the support of our staff, students and the wider community that Petroc serves.
"That's why we're taking this opportunity to share our exciting plans for the future and consult with everyone who has an interest in our college."
The consultation document can now be viewed on the college's website at www.petroc.ac.uk/future with an opportunity to give feedback, suggestions or opinions on the college's work and its future aspirations.
It can also be viewed by visiting the main Petroc campuses in Barnstaple and Tiverton or at local libraries.
Those who would rather give their views over the telephone or in person call head of communications Roy Gardner on (01271) 338132.