A collaboration between a coastal college and a city training centre is hoping to provide an 'exciting new opportunity' for students. 

East Coast College, which has campuses in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, will be working with Norwich-based St Eds Training Centre as a subcontractor, providing skills and education for students who might find mainstream school challenging.

St Eds offers students opportunities in construction, mechanics, catering and hospitality, health and social care and hair and beauty. 

Julia Bates, East Coast College deputy principal for curriculum and strategic partnerships, said: “We are extremely pleased to be working with St Eds in this important educational partnership for the young people of Norfolk.

"The unique and specialist expertise we have within our own campuses in Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth have enabled this exciting new opportunity to develop.”

Great Yarmouth Mercury: Joe Crossley, Interim CEO of St Eds, with Rachel Bunn and Julia Bates from East Coast College. Joe Crossley, Interim CEO of St Eds, with Rachel Bunn and Julia Bates from East Coast College. (Image: East Coast College)

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Rachel Bunn, director for commercial, projects and community at East Coast College, said the training courses provided by St Eds "align well with our own curriculum portfolio".

She said they also support priority sectors for the region such as construction, engineering and health, and will offer more opportunities to young people to progress their education, develop employability skills and move into good quality employment.

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Through the partnership, students will continue to study with St Eds, but will become part of the East Coast College family.

Joe Crossley, Interim CEO of St Eds, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with East Coast College to support our study programmes, all of which are crucial to the local economy, and without our provision many young people across Norfolk would struggle to find their next step after school.

"We are sure this is the start of an exciting new chapter for St Eds," she added.