Current projects


Teach Too
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.

The Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) programme
The OTLA programme is an Education and Training Foundation (ETF) programme which aims to promote and enhance the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in post-16 education and training.

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 the development and embedding of a distinct college higher education scholarly ethos across the sector.The project will explore different forms of scholarship, including student scholarly activity, and wider community and employer engagement.

Governance Development Support 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.

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.

East London Vocational Education and Training: Innovation through Partnership (ELVET)
ELVET aims to facilitate access to training and employment in the digital, creative and health and social care sectors in East London. Working alongside UCL IOE, the programme aims to develop strategic and sustainable relationships between East London colleges and employers, resulting in more demand-led provision and aligned with the regional government’s skills priorities.

Scripting the future – exploring potential strategic leadership responses to the marketisation of English FE and vocational provision
With funding from FETL, we are working with SKOPE on a research piece looking at leadership response to the marketisation of FE and vocational provision in England. It will look at the impacts being generated by the operation and regulation of the principal markets that FE now operates in. As well as explore the consequences that the ongoing evolution of marketization is having upon the strategies and behaviours of providers across the sector.

Professional Exchanges in London and the South West
The Professional Exchange in 2017/18 includes the continuation of the London Professional Exchange and the set-up of a new Professional Exchange in the South West. The Professional Exchange is a network of practitioners coming together to share ideas and resources and to test and trial innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment.

Apprenticeship Q
Running from October 2017 until September 2021, this Erasmus + funded project will produce examples of effective practice in apprenticeship and work based learning settings from seven other European countries. This best practise will be shared at the end of the project with further education colleges in England.
The project is being led by DHBW Center for Advanced Studies, Germany, with other contributing partners are from Austria, Belgium, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain.

This KA2 European partnership project will look at why some European economies and societies are far more successful than others in integrating migrants into their labour markets and why they are better in offering opportunities to young migrants enabling them to showcase their talents and obtain qualifications. The partnered countries included Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Germany and UK.

This KA2 European partnership project aims to identify and share best practice with EU partners in encouraging young women to consider STEM vocational pathways. Partners from the Netherlands, Romania, Estonia, Finland, Portugal, Spain and the UK will showcase and share innovative approaches to motivating female learners in vocational education and training through, for example, national campaigns, female role models/mentors and apprenticeship schemes.