4 May 2012

AoC Charitable Trust 06/12

Best Practice Workshop and Speed Networking Event

All College Personnel

Briefing contents:

1    Best practice workshop on the use of technology in FE and Skills
2    AoC Beacon Awards Speed Networking Event 2012

3    AoC Charitable Trust on Twitter

1   Best practice workshop on the use of technology in FE and Skills

Exploring best practice and uncovering technology solutions

City & Guilds Centre, Wakefield.  Thursday 31 May 2012

The AoC Charitable Trust, in collaboration with City & Guilds, is pleased to offer a free, one-day workshop to explore best practice evidenced by two AoC Beacon Award winners in the areas of Technology and Skills.

Vice Principals and Senior Curriculum Managers are invited to attend to have the opportunity to hear in more detail about the outcomes and benefits to learners of the winning initiatives.  We would also like you to bring to the workshop the approaches and solutions you have adopted to meet challenges within your own Colleges.

There will be input from Adeem Younis, AoC Gold Award winner in 2011 and founder of singlemuslim.com and former student at Wakefield College, who will speak about the impact of technology on enterprise.  Joining him will be the key programme leaders from Preston College which won the AoC Beacon Award for Effective Use of Technology in 2011-12 and Walsall College, which won the same award in 2010-11 as well as the Skills Award in 2011-12.

There will be two breakout sessions which will cover four themes:

•    Future technology
•    Impact on the learner
•    Beginners guide to e-learning
•    Integration of technology

The purpose of the day is to share good practice as well as act as a catalyst to further discussions, which will result in the identification of some of the challenges that the sector will face in the future and how the use of technology can support Colleges whether it be through delivering the curriculum, supporting the administrative infrastructure or providing enterprising solutions for local, regional or national employers.

The workshop will be held at the City & Guilds office in Wakefield between 10.00am and 3.10pm on Thursday 31 May 2012.

   Programme for Beacon Awards and City and Guilds Workshop 

If you would like to attend the workshop please email City & Guilds or book via the City & Guilds website or call the Customer Support Events Team on 01924 206777 and ask for a booking form for the AoC Beacon Awards Workshop.

 2    AoC Beacon Awards Speed Networking Event 2012

Does your College want to win an AoC Beacon Award? 
Attend the Speed Networking Event to find out how to put together a strong application

Thursday 17 May 2012, Montague on the Gardens, 15 Montague Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1

Following the success of previous speed networking events, the AoC Charitable Trust is delighted to offer another opportunity aimed at Vice Principals and Senior Curriculum Managers to have one-to-one sessions with experienced AoC Beacon Assessors, sponsors and previous award winners to get advice and guidance on how to enhance applications this year as well as an insight into how to create an environment which stimulates success from principals of Beacon Award-winning Colleges.

The speed networking event has been very popular in the past, with previous delegates commenting,

“Networking sessions were very rich, so good that I wanted more!”

“For a first-time College considering the Beacon Awards the event was extremely useful.”

“Very well organised and extremely helpful/informative sessions.”

“A good event ... It’s given me a much clearer idea of how to go about applying for a Beacon Award”


With the Beacon Awards 2012-13 Prospectus now available in Colleges and on the AoC website, this event will give you a timely and excellent opportunity to get advice and guidance on putting together submissions for the Awards this year as well as gaining an invaluable insight into how College leaders have created a culture of innovation and self-improvement.  There will also be a presentation by the Chief Assessor, Roger Marriott, who will give an overview on the application and assessment process.

There are only 35 places available which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  We have been able to freeze the charge for this event at last year’s competitive daily rate of £225.00 per person.  Please visit the AoC website for further details on the event including the programme, the list of candidates and the booking form.

For further information on the AoC Beacon Awards, please email Alice Thiagaraj, Manager of the AoC Charitable Trust or phone on 020 7034 9917.

3    AoC Charitable Trust on Twitter

Don't forget to follow AoC Charitable Trust on Twitter: @AoCTrust for regular updates on the AoC Beacon Awards, AoC Gold Awards and general updates from the Trust.