Devon Colleges Group

City College Plymouth plays a key role within the Devon Colleges Group; a partnership with a shared vision focussed on enhancing skills, raising aspirations and driving regional economic growth and productivity.

The Devon College’s Group consists of City College Plymouth, Exeter College, Petroc and South Devon College, all of which are rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and already have a successful history of working together. They employ some 3,000 professional staff to deliver high quality, responsive and efficient education and training to more than 50,000 students each year, from young people aged 14-19 to adults. Courses range from entry to degree and higher level, and learners include the most able as well as some of the most disadvantaged, those in the workplace and others studying on college campuses. The colleges also support more than 5,000 apprentices each year and offer university-level education to more than 3,200 students.

As an organisation, City College is devoted to transforming lives in Plymouth. We also recognise our wider regional role in driving economic growth. That’s why we are fully committed to the collective and strong collaborative working that the Devon Colleges Group will provide. Together we can use our experience and expertise to achieve a significant long-term regional impact, by increasing and improving education and skills, helping to create a high wage economy and promoting higher level opportunities to raise the bar for all.

All four members of Devon Colleges Group are in the top 8% of FE colleges in the country, according to FE Week’s NICDEX league table. The NICDEX rated all 202 FE colleges in four categories – learner satisfaction, employer satisfaction, 16-to-18 positive progression and adults into employment – to create a score out of 40. All Devon Colleges Group members – City College Plymouth, Exeter College, Petroc and South Devon College – appeared in the top 17.

Phil Davies, City College Plymouth’s Principal and Chief Executive, said: “It is wonderful to see the Devon Colleges Group scoring so highly in these league tables. We know that our region’s further education provision is of the highest quality, so it is gratifying to see this reflected in the national rankings.

“At City College we are constantly looking to the region’s employers to help shape, influence and develop both what we offer and how it is delivered, giving the best possible experience. So to have been ranked first in the country for employer satisfaction and second for student satisfaction is a real achievement.”