About us

The Lancashire Colleges (TLC) was established in 1998, to enhance collaborative activity between Further Education (FE) Colleges in the Lancashire sub-region of North West England. We are a not for profit company limited by guarantee. Our activities are overseen by a Board of Directors comprising the Principal and Chief Executive of each member college, supported by a small executive team. Member colleges include General Further Education Colleges, Sixth Form Colleges and a specialist land-based college, reflecting the diversity of the college sector as a whole.

  • Lancashire’s colleges provide education and training to 92,000 young and adult learners each year from entry level to postgraduate and across a spectrum from the most disadvantaged to the most able.
  • With a combined turnover of just under £270m and employing around 10,000 people, Lancashire’s colleges make a significant contribution to the Lancashire economy.
  • Lancashire’s colleges have extensive networks of public and private sector partners and currently work with more than 15,000 businesses, supporting their staff in apprenticeships and other training. 9 out of 10 employers who use colleges for training say that it has benefited their business.
  • Each year Lancashire’s colleges train 10,000 apprentices.
  • Colleges are by far the largest providers of sixth form education in Lancashire. Two thirds of Lancashire’s 16-18 year olds study in colleges rather than in schools.
  • Lancashire’s colleges provide degree and higher level programmes to more than 9,000 students each year and more than 6,000 of Lancashire’s college students progress to university each year.

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