Lowestoft College has four Strategic Ambitions:
- To deliver outstanding vocational skills and employment-related education and training
- To secure the financial future and growth of the College
- To have effective and productive partnerships
- A high performing aspirational and collaborative culture
Lowestoft is the most easterly town in Britain, in the picturesque Waveney Valley in North East Suffolk. Famous for its tourism, food manufacturing, offshore oil and gas exploration and high tech electronics industries, the town provides easy access to the Suffolk coast and the rural hinterland. Boasting some of the most interesting wildlife habitats and tourist sites in the country, the local area is known as Britain’s ‘Sunshine Coast’ and Lowestoft’s beaches in particular are some of the best anywhere.
With a population of just over 60,000, which can be doubled by including those who commute here to work, Lowestoft is the principal town in the district of Waveney, the second largest town in Suffolk and is ideally positioned as a gateway to the Norfolk Broads. Oulton Broad, the largest of the broads, is just three miles from the town centre. It is only ten miles to the neighbouring town of Great Yarmouth, also well known as a holiday resort, whilst the fine city of Norwich, with its superb shopping facilities, castle museum, cathedral and regionally renowned theatres, can be reached in less than an hour by car or train. To the south is the county town of Ipswich, not far from ‘Constable Country’, and with both Cambridge and London easily accessible by train Lowestoft is well placed as a base for travelling and exploring.
Further education has been established in the town of Lowestoft since 1874 and the current college provides academic, vocational and commercial training and education for all abilities up to degree level through UCS. Most students come from Waveney and East Norfolk but commercial courses attract delegates from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Dubai.
Lowestoft College has approximately 1300 full-time students, 5,500 part-time students and 500 staff. The College has been based in St Peter’s Street since 1962 and there has been significant development on the site in recent years to ensure that it is an appealing and welcoming place to study.
The College has established links with local schools to encourage pupils to have a more positive outlook on further and higher education. The College is a key partner in University Campus Suffolk (UCS) delivering Higher Education provision.
Major employers associated with the College include Shell UK Exploration, Bird’s Eye Walls, BP, Maersk Shipping, the District and County Councils, Gardline, Buxted Chicken, P&O, Hoseasons, Persimmon Homes and British Nuclear Fuels.
The College boasts an environmental training tank (with full wave/wind simulations), a Dynamic Positioning training facility, a fully functioning Bridge Simulator and fully equipped control room for simulating major emergency training. These facilities not only train UK residents, but are recognised internationally by the offshore and maritime sectors.
- Medium-sized general further education college (also part of University Campus Suffolk)
- Staff employed: approximately 500
- One of the largest employers in Lowestoft
- Approximately 1,300 full-time students
- Approximately 5,500 part-time students