The Leeds College Merger
On 1st April 2009, Leeds City College was formed following the merger of three of the city’s renowned colleges – Leeds College of Technology, Leeds Thomas Danby and Park Lane College Leeds & Keighley.
The aim of the merger was to raise achievement levels in Leeds and Keighley, offer more courses to suit the needs of everyone from school leavers to employers, and enhance teaching facilities to be among the best in the country.
Each of the legacy colleges shared core provision – from teaching basic skills through to employer engagement – and Leeds City College continues to build on the strengths of its legacy colleges, which had an established history of providing learning opportunities for all.
By merging, Leeds City College brings specialist provision in a number of key areas under one roof: hospitality & culinary arts, electrical & engineering crafts and computing, business training courses, and trade/construction programmes.
Merger with Joseph Priestley College
On 1 August 2011, the merger between Joseph Priestley College and Leeds City College became a reality following official confirmation from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, and subsequently from Minister of State, John Hayes. The Joseph Priestley Corporation was dissolved with all undertakings transferred to Leeds City College.
Strategic Alliance with Leeds College of Music
On 1 August 2011, Leeds College of Music also became a wholly owned subsidiary of Leeds City College in a relationship which offers a number of benefits to both colleges as well as students in the city. As a result of this strategic alliance, Leeds College of Music is constituted as a Company Limited by Guarantee with charitable status, retaining its name, brand and purpose built premises in the city’s Quarry Hill arts quarter.
Leeds Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA)
The Leeds ATA is a unique employment model and training agency that enables employers to welcome new talent into their business by means of hosting an apprentice within their company. Throughout the apprenticeship the applicant remains an employee of the ATA. The Agency, launched in November 2012, is an independent company owned by Leeds City College, showcases the new approach Leeds is taking to creating jobs and developing talent and skills that the city’s businesses need for growth.
White Rose Academies Trust
White Rose Academies Trust is an independent charitable trust which has been established by Leeds City College as the ‘sponsor’. Three secondary academies in Leeds – Leeds City Academy (formerly The City of Leeds School), Leeds West Academy and Leeds East Academy – have officially joined the Trust.
The academies are not part of the College though are working closely with the Leeds City College to strengthen and support opportunities on offer to students and staff across the Trust.