Our Heritage

The Colleges' Partnership was born out of the well established working relationship between Wiltshire College and Somerset College. The two colleges have worked together in partnership since 1998 to deliver education and training solutions to the military. The relationship commenced with delivery of the Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) Apprenticeship schemes in Engineering Maintenance and Horse Care. In 2003, the colleges extended their provision in Engineering to Armoured Infantry personnel. Since this time, the delivery of the schemes has been integrated wherever practicable, locating resources to achieve maximum benefit for the learners.

Following the successful bid to deliver an Advanced Telecommunications Apprenticeship to the Royal School of Signals through Project Velvet, from 1 November 2005, The Colleges’ Partnership has set up a wholly owned company which has charitable status, The Colleges’ Partnership Ltd.

The Colleges' Partnership further extended its provision to the military in August 2006 when successfully winning a bid to deliver an Apprenticeship in Engineering Maintenance & Installation to the RAC and Armoured Infantry and an Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship in Horse Care to the RAC.  Further contracts have been awarded in recent years including the delivery of Intelligence Operations to the Intelligence Corps and Clinical Health Care Support to the Defence Medical Services..

In 2016 Somerset College merged with Bridgwater College and re-branded as Bridgwater and Taunton College,  Wiltshire College welcomed Bridgwater as a partner into the joint venture company.


Our partners

Wiltshire College

Wiltshire College is located on four sites, Chippenham, Lackham, Salisbury and Trowbridge and serves the area of North, South and West Wiltshire for post-16 years training and education and Higher Education. Through the Commercial and Contracted Activities Directorate, the College has the flexibility to work with industry and the Armed Forces and works with partners throughout the UK and overseas.

The College has a long and successful partnership with the Armed Forces and has received the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for its services to industry and the Armed Forces.

Bridgwater and Taunton College

Bridgwater and Taunton College has a long and prestigious history of quality delivery to post-16 years and Higher Education students. It has demonstrated its commitment to creativity of delivery of education and training locally and nationally and indeed to the overseas market. Like Wiltshire College, it also has a long history of working with the Armed Forces and has established many commercial partnerships.  The College has an excellent reputation both regionally and nationally as a highly successful provider of education and training.

The Bridgwater and Taunton College also has a long and successful partnership with the Armed Forces.


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