AoC London Projects

AoC London undertakes project work to provide added value for its member colleges. A list and short description of current and recent projects is below.

If you have any questions about the projects listed below, please contact Riikka Vihriala, Projects Manager.

East London Vocational Education and Training: Innovation through Partnership (2016-18)
The programme supports training, apprenticeship and employment opportunities for young people in east London with the aim of providing a qualified workforce for the area’s fast-growing digital, creative and social care sectors. The programme is led by UCL Institute of Education's Centre for Post-14 Education and Work working in partnership with AoC. The programme is funded by the JP Morgan Foundation. For more information, visit the website or contact Riikka Vihriala.
Collaborative Practice Development Days (2016-17)
emfec in partnership with AoC London and a number of other organisations lead the delivery of a series of Collaborative Practice Development Days across England. These were innovative, collaborative continuing professional development events for practitioners working in the education and training sector. The events were commissioned and funded by the Education and Training Foundation. 
Professional Exchange in London  (2016-17)
The project focused on developing a sustainable cross-sector network for practitioners working in the education and training sector in London. Its activities focused on enhancing teaching, learning and assessment. The project was commissioned and funded by the Education and Training Foundation. 
Skillsplanner (2015-17)
The R&D project focuses on developing an open linked data platform supporting the London construction industry. AoC London is a partner in the project, part-funded by Innovate UK and led by EthosVo. For more information, visit the project website.
Professional Exchange Across three regions (2016)
AoC London worked in partnership with ACER and emfec to deliver a Professional Exchange across London, East of England and East Midlands. The Exchange focused on facilitating three cross-regional networks on SEND, using digital skills in the teaching of English and on work-based learning. The project was commissioned and funded by the Education and Training Foundation. 
Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment in London (2014-16)
The project focused on improving teaching, learning and assessment within the London education and training sector. This was achieved through collaborative, practitioner-led operational projects developing outstanding practice. The project was commissioned and funded by the Education and Training Foundation and  was delivered jointly by AoC London, HOLEX, LWBLA, LVSC and L&W. For more information, visit the project website.
AoC London/LWBLA Ofsted Joint Action Learning Project: Engaging SMES in work experience and apprenticeships in London (2014)
The joint project focused on identifying some of the factors that have influenced London training providers’ effective engagement with small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in apprenticeships and work experience. The project was a part of Ofsted’s improvement activity in conjunction with the Association of Colleges’ professional engagement with the further education sector and the London Work Based Learning Alliance.
Skills competitions CPD programme (2014-15)
The project included the organisation of a series of continuing professional development events on skills competitions for staff at London colleges and independent learning providers. The aim of the programme was to increase the number of providers engaged in skills competitions and increase excellence in vocational teaching and learning. The project was funded by the Education and Training Foundation.
The Skills Show Experience - London (2014-15)
The Skills Show Experience events were interactive skills and careers events promoting vocational learning to 14 to 25-year-olds. The eight London events reached over 13,000 visitors. The projects were funded by the European Social Fund through Find a Future.
London FE Excellence Challenge (2014)
The project focused on developing a proposal on a collaborative quality improvement approach for the further education sector in London. The proposal was submitted to the Education and Training Foundation, the funder of the project, with a view to inform a possible bid.
Current and future quality improvement needs in the sector (2014)
The project included a consultation with colleges on the current and future quality improvement needs in the further education sector. The outcomes of the consultation will inform the continuing professional development priorities of the Education and Training Foundation that funded the project.
AoC London/Ofsted joint action learning project: supporting young people to participate in education and training (2014)
The joint project focused on exploring good practice in London colleges that re-engages young people, particularly those from disadvantaged background or not in education, employment or training. The project was a part of Ofsted’s improvement activity in conjunction with the AoC London’s professional engagement with the further education sector, which aims to identify and disseminate effective practice.
The Skills Show Experience - London (2014-15)
The Skills Show Experience events were interactive skills and careers events promoting vocational learning to 14 to 25-year-olds. The eight London events reached over 13,000 visitors. The projects were funded by the European Social Fund through Find a Future.
AoC London/ Ofsted joint action learning project: improving attendance and punctuality (2013)
The joint project focused on identifying strategies for improving attendance and punctuality in colleges. The project was a part of Ofsted’s improvement activity in conjunction with the AoC London’s professional engagement with the further education sector, which aims to identify and disseminate effective practice.