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Peter Lauener, Chair

"We are now seeking a Chief Executive who will lead the organisation through its next stage and realise our potential to make a difference for the learners, employers and communities that NCG serves."

Peter Lauener, Chair

Welcome from Peter Lauener, Chair of NCG

Thank you for your interest in the post of Chief Executive of the NCG.

I was delighted when my own application to be Chair of NCG was successful and I thought it might be helpful if I shared why. There are two reasons. I have been a passionate supporter of the further education sector throughout my career in public service and I want to be involved now in shaping what is delivered to learners and employers at local level. However, I also believe that we need new models of delivery and the NCG approach offers one way forward with huge potential for the sector.

So what is important about NCG? We are the largest provider of further education and training in the sector. You can read the facts and figures on the microsite. However, size in itself does not cut it, if we are not delivering the best possible education and training opportunities for young people and adults alike and making a difference to local economies and local communities.

What is unusual about us is that we are a group of colleges from different communities across England from Carlisle, Newcastle and West Lancashire in the North, to Kidderminster in the Midlands and Lewisham and Southwark in London. We also have our own degree awarding powers in higher education that are available throughout the group. We also include two training providers – Rathbone and Intraining however, we are currently consulting on radical changes to this part of the business.

Our size gives us the opportunity to operate as a learning organisation, to establish what works well in different parts of the country, to spread good practice and to establish systems and support networks that enable all our teachers and trainers to focus on what they do best. In 2018, we launched a group wide drive to make NCG a great place to teach and learn following a disappointing Ofsted inspection earlier in 2018. We are already seeing encouraging progress from this that is leading to better outcomes for our learners.

There are already parts of the group operating at a ‘good’ level and we want all parts to reach this standard as quickly as possible and then go further to deliver outstanding education and training.

We also need to make sure we are making the most of all our resources across the Group. Our finances are in good shape but the funding for further education is always challenging and we will need to make sure that we can maintain a secure financial base so that we can invest to deliver leading edge pedagogy and the skills of the 21st century to industry standard specifications. The challenge for NCG is to manage resources wisely across the group and prioritise its investment so that we can deliver consistently in all our communities.

We are now seeking a Chief Executive who will lead the organisation through its next stage and realise our potential to make a difference for the learners, employers and communities that NCG serves.

We are looking for a leader who is excited by this vision and who has the experience, commitment and drive to shape our strategy to deliver our vision.

If you are interested in leading NCG through the next stage of its development, we would love to hear from you.

Peter Lauener
Chair, NCG

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