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We are grateful to our award sponsors, many of whom have been longstanding partners of the Awards. Through their support of the AoC Beacon Awards, they demonstrate their commitment to the college sector, promoting innovation and spotlighting best practice.

Our sponsors are central to the success and the high regard that the awards enjoy; they provide valuable advice on award categories and criteria and take an active role in the assessment process.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming an Awards Sponsor, contact

Athena Fisher - Senior Business Development Manager

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Dipal Shah - Partnerships Manager

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Testimonials from our Sponsors

City & Guilds is delighted to sponsor the City and Guilds Award for College Engagement with Employers. We have worked with the further education sector for many years and this award recognises the enormous contribution that colleges make in working closely with their local employers to ensure learners receive the most relevant training and the best chance of recruitment following completion of programmes

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As a longstanding sponsor of the Beacon Awards, we are impressed every year at the standard of entries for our award

Edge Foundation

Jisc is proud once again to sponsor the AoC Beacon Award for innovative use of digital technology across the FE and skills sector. Colleges have a profound understanding of the issues impacting society and learners and continue to adapt and innovate to have a real impact on learners, communities, and the wider world of work. This award shines a light on outstanding practice and helps demonstrate to the wider community what is possible.


We are delighted to support this award which is so pivotal to our collective future. From Greta Thunberg to David Attenborough the siren cries to implement urgent climate action have never been louder. Colleges and most importantly their students are playing a significant role in supporting the transition to greener economies and the ‘green jobs’ that will underpin sustainable development in the decades ahead. Our team are looking forward to finding out more about the inspirational work being undertaken in colleges across the country.