Welcome to The Lancashire Colleges (TLC). Established in 1998, to enhance collaborative activity between Further Education (FE) Colleges in Lancashire, 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.
Providing 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, Lancashire’s colleges have a combined turnover of just under £285m and employ around 7,000 people. They make a significant contribution to the Lancashire economy.
Our colleges have extensive networks of public and private sector partners and work with more than 10,000 businesses, supporting their staff in apprenticeships and other training. Each year Lancashire’s colleges train 10,000 apprentices and all 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.