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'Strength in partnership - Colleges working together to provide opportunities for all'
The Merseyside Colleges' Association (MCA) was established in 1993 and represents all ten colleges in Greater Merseyside, including seven further education and three sixth-form colleges.
Working closely together on a wide range of issues, the member colleges recognise the strength that partnership can bring and that there is much that can be achieved in collaboration. The MCA provides a single voice for the college sector on Merseyside and seeks to promote the wealth of opportunity and expertise available to local people of all ages and organisations of all sizes at their local college.
The Association is proactive in collaborating to:
Colleges on Merseyside provide learning and training opportunities for learners of all ages, through foundation tier, GCSEs, A-levels, NVQs, BTEC, HNC,HND and Degree-level qualifications. By working with employers the college sector is providing expert advice on upskilling the workforce on Merseyside and identifying ways in which employers can access funding for training such as apprenticeships.
The Colleges have a proud tradition of bringing together people of all races, faiths, ages, cultures and backgrounds. They have close links with all sections of the communities they serve – from their work with the most disadvantaged to partnerships with employers to meet the local economy’s skills needs. Colleges have always embraced and celebrated the diversity of their communities believing that this enriches the lives of their students, staff and the wider world. Several colleges have been praised by Ofsted for work undertaken to improve Social Inclusion in recent inspections.
In addition to their traditional educational role, the colleges influence the region's economy as: