East Coast College announces new educational partnership to support the young people of Norfolk


East Coast College is delighted to announce a new educational partnership which will support the young people of Norfolk to access further opportunities for progression and employment.

The college will be working with Norwich-based St Eds Training Centre as a subcontractor, providing valuable skills and education for students who might find mainstream school challenging.

The partnership with St Eds – which provides young people with opportunities in construction, mechanics, catering and hospitality, health and social care and hair and beauty – builds on the success East Coast College has already had with subcontractors Action Community Enterprise (ACE), Inspire Suffolk and DPA Academy of Dance and Performing Arts, offering a variety of education, training and support to students across Norfolk and Suffolk.

Julia Bates, East Coast College Deputy Principal for Curriculum and Strategic Partnerships, said: “We are extremely pleased to be working with St Eds in this important educational partnership for the young people of Norfolk. The unique and specialist expertise we have within our own campuses in Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth have enabled this exciting new opportunity to develop.”

Joe Crossley, Interim CEO of St Eds, with Rachel Bunn and Julia Bates from East Coast College. Photo East Coast College
Joe Crossley, Interim CEO of St Eds, with Rachel Bunn and Julia Bates from East Coast College.

Rachel Bunn, Director for Commercial, Projects and Community at East Coast College said: “We know that the training courses provided by St Eds align well with our own curriculum portfolio, supporting priority sectors for our region such as construction, engineering and health, and through our own curriculum programmes and the fantastic relationships we have with employers, we can offer more opportunities to young people to progress their education, develop employability skills and move into good quality employment.”

Through the partnership, students will continue to study with St Eds, but will become part of the East Coast College family.

Joe Crossley, Interim CEO of St Eds, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with East Coast College to support our study programmes, all of which are crucial to the local economy, and without our provision many young people across Norfolk would struggle to find their next step after school. We are sure this is the start of an exciting new chapter for St Eds.”