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 95,000 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 £285m and employing around 7,000 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 10,000 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 and all of Lancashire’s colleges have apprenticeship achievement rates above the national average.
- Two thirds of Lancashire’s 16-18 year old learners (not including apprentices) study in Lancashire’s colleges.
- Almost 7,500 or 13% of higher education (HE) students based in Lancashire study at Lancashire’s colleges compared with 4% nationally. The 2nd and 3rd largest HE in FE providers nationally are Lancashire colleges with a further Lancashire college in the top 20.