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National Land Based College launches today

The first CEO of the new National Land Based College (NLBC) has been announced. Leigh Morris started his role back in April, with the NLBC set to officially launch today at the House of Lords.

Talking about the new college, Leigh said: “The NLBC comes out of a drive from the industry and from existing land based colleges to improve the offer of training in schools within the land based sector. The key aim for the NLBC is to be almost the middle ground between existing colleges and the industry.”

This will be achieved through what Leigh has termed “blended learning”, a combination of online content and work experience. It will also have an input into the teaching programmes in colleges. Leigh says: “City & Guilds, the leading provider of land based programmes, will be supporting the NLBC and we will now steer and validate the City & Guild’s qualifications.” The college has also received support from Landex, the current membership body for existing colleges and universities.

The NLBC will be looking for a new board of directors from November, with only a set up board of 21 directors currently.

Leigh has a long career in horticulture and land based education, including managing education and learning at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and being president of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture in 2012 for two years.

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