In November 2016, the College was again named 'Best in the UK' at the WorldSkills UK trade skills competition in Birmingham, winning this prestigious accolade for a third time in four years.
The merger has allowed the College to create a shared culture, ensuring it is best placed to meet the needs of its students, staff, employers and stakeholders – as well as addressing the current and future challenges of the sector.
It has around 20,000 students enrolled on a mix of full-time, part-time, evening and commercial courses.
It offers more than 800 courses across six faculties: Care & Science; Engineering & Automotive; Service Industries; Business, Social Science & Sport; Supported Learning; and Computing & Creative Industries. It delivers programmes on the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF) from levels 1 to 10.
Dedicated to continuous improvement, the college has made investments in the latest technology and facilities across its campuses to ensure that students have the highest calibre of resources.
Each campus has unique features, including the state-of-the-art recording studios and in-house radio station at Cumbernauld; modern hairdressing salons, brand new dental teaching facilities and a stunning conference venue in Coatbridge; the MLOne training restaurant and a £2.3million Heavy Goods Vehicle Training Centre in Motherwell; plus leading sports facilities at Broadwood.
The College has a strong focus on skills, which underpins its new brand positioning of ‘Skillset For Life’. Whether it’s beauty or baking, sports or science, cars or computers, the College is focused is on helping students turn a passion into their career.
Employability is another major focus of the College and each faculty has strong business links with industry leaders who are extremely supportive in offering student placements, experience and advice.
In its first Education Scotland report, published in May 2015, the College was rated ‘effective’, which is the highest award that can be given to colleges. Praise was given to the strong focus on quality across the College, with learning and teaching being central to the organisation. Staff commitment in ensuring learners have a positive and successful time during their further education was also commended.
New College Lanarkshire positively promotes equality and inclusion for all.