Current projects

Teach Too - Phase 3: The Teach Too programme, from the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), will distribute funds across the sector to see industry experts spending time teaching current practitioners to help ensure that off-the-job vocational education and training is as up to date as possible with current work practices.

Enhancing Scholarship in College Higher Education - The Scholarship Project: The Association of Colleges (AoC) has been awarded £2.75 million by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Catalyst Fund to support higher education teachers in improving their knowledge and expertise.

Governance Development Programme 2016: Following the success of the 2014/15 programme, AoC has secured funding from the Education and Training Foundation to deliver free consultancy support to colleges, adult skills providers and independant training providers. National Leaders of Governance are experts in the field of suppoorting governors, chairs and boards in a wide range of issues, from area reviews to inspection. 

Chinese Prosperity Fund: AoC and partners will support colleges in the province of Ningbo, China to increase employer engagement, working through strategies and devloping an employer engagement strategy which can be rolled out across China. This project is a pilot and will focus on port logistics and advanced manufacturing courses. This project will aim to provide UK colleges with the commercail opportunity to work with China in vocational education and training.

Beehives - Boosting European exchange on Higher VET and Employer involvement in education structures: The BEEHiVES project is designed to address cooperation and collaboration barriers in the strategic partnership triangle – HVET/PHE institutions, employers/labour markets and students – to contribute to the development of skills relevant to labour market needs and equip students with the knowledge and skills relevant for their long-term employability, entrepreneurship and personal development.
MiDES: MiDES stands for Market Intelligence Data Exchange Service. Market intelligence organisation, RCU, and AoC developed the MiDES data analysis service which offers important market intelligence to colleges. Benefits include regular in-year market intelligence reports focusing on key issues including recruitment, in-year retention, apprenticeships and additional topics. To find out more about the reports available to AoC members please visit our research page.

North East STEM Expressway: Redcar and Cleveland College has established a successful programme which engages employers and schools in 'Expressways' that address Local Enterprise Parnership (LEP) priorities. It is locally designed to meet employers’ needs and provide a clear 'line of sight' to jobs for young people. There's a current funding request to roll out project pilots schemes in four other locations across north east England. Email the projects team for more information. 

Future Apprenticeships - Phase Two: The Future Apprenticeships Programme aims to continue to deliver support for managers, practitioners and leaders to respond to the current apprenticeship reform and growth targets.