Leeds City College was established on 1st April 2009, following the merger of three of the city’s renowned colleges – Leeds College of Technology, Leeds Thomas Danby and Park Lane College Leeds & Keighley.
August 1st 2011 saw further development for the College as it merged with the former Joseph Priestley College and Leeds College of Music.
Leeds City College is now the country’s third largest FE establishment, with an annual turnover of over £90m, and has significant influence within the sector.
The College offers a diverse curriculum to 40,000 students from Leeds, Keighley and the wider city region and employs more than 1,500 staff, making it among the largest employers in the city.
Its extensive range of full and part-time courses covers almost all subject areas to suit the needs of everyone from pre and post 16s to adult learners, employers and employees. It offers academic and vocational qualifications through from basic skills to apprenticeships to Foundation Degrees, with training delivered both on and off site - in partnership, in companies and in local communities.
Work with external partners and business is a key area, with the College having established links with more than 2,500 public, private and third sector companies from SMEs to major household names including TNT, British Gas, Tesco and BAE Systems Detica.
The College is now one of the single largest providers of apprenticeships in the country, with innovative developments in this key provision including its apprenticeship recruitment service matching individuals and employers, the on campus restaurant - The Food Academy staffed by apprentices, the launch of the Apprenticeship Training Agency (jointly owned with Leeds City Council) and the new Leeds 14+ Apprenticeship Academy to open its doors in September.
Leeds City College operates out of six main campuses – Horsforth, Keighley, Park Lane, Technology, Printworks and Leeds College of Music - as well as having provision in dozens of smaller community centres across the region.